September 26th, 2015
Fall temperatures of 60 degrees and an overcast skies met the 718 crew as we gathered up at Graham Hills in Mt. Pleasant, NY. Riders were split on transport method, with half arriving by car and the other half by a 45 minute train ride on The Harlem Line of The Metro North Railroad.
We had a great mix of riders, from experienced Continental Divide veterans to Mid-Atlantic shredders to beginners.
The group took off from the parking lot, determined not to get lost "this time". Within 20 minutes, we were already debating where we thought we were on the map.
The group broke into 2 groups based on interest level in certain trails. One interesting thing that was going on was a few riders testing our bike packing set-ups in preparation for our Vermont Trip this weekend
As with other courses in Westchester County, the going was rocky and rooty. In addition, alot of tree cover has fallen, causing the trails to be semi-obscured by leaves.
The ride started at 10am, and some riders stayed on until 6pm. The goal of this group is to introduce new-comers to mountain biking, while providing experienced riders and escape from the city.