After 331 hours off the bike – give or take a few minutes due to a much needed extended vacation with my wife, I finally got back out to the trail yesterday late afternoon for a sunset ride through Lost Goldmine. It’s a 40 minute drive for me to get there, 15 minutes further than all my regulars, so I don’t get there often. When I finally hit the trail, I said to myself, “dude, you need to ride here every week!”
Lost Goldmine is truly a hidden treasure of a trail. This time of year the flowers are just starting to creep out. Over the next few weeks there should be even more color popping all over the valley trails. There aren’t many stretches of fast singletrack the first 3 miles on LG proper, and even less the next three out to Peralta, but that’s what I love most about this trail — the slower pace lets me soak in the surrounding views. I find myself stopping to take pictures on this trail more than I do any other trail in the valley.
The faster fun began on the way back when I dropped into the lower horse trail off LG proper. This trail is a mere horse trail that has been given some love by the local riders. In some places the singletrack was only 4 inches wide! Not many get out there to ride, it’s a shame.
The sun set and the light began to fade fast as I meandered through the final mile of primitive singletrack. Cactus spines embedded in my right shin would have to wait until home before getting plucked. I was so enthralled with the sunset ahead of me that I missed the moonrise behind me. It wasn’t until I was driving away that I noticed the bright beacon low on the horizon. I felt slighted for not noticing it earlier.