Bruce, messaged Tammy and asked for some medium rides, for a trip they are planning later in the year. Years ago back in Jersey, Bruce and Lois helped me through a tough period in my life and helped keep me riding after I got slow and fat and depressed. I don't know if they know how much it helped. I have had many friends that seem to come into and out of my life. I like to think of it as our paths coming together for a while, before they diverge. Even when I met, Bruce and Lois had been riding for many decades and liked somewhat technical riding and would not interested in Strava KOMs or accumulated feet of climbing. Just having a good ride. There have been times that they had to put the Mountain Bikes away for various reasons. It is good to see them even planning such a trip, leaving sunny California.
I would recommend the following Epics:
Kerr Scott, North Carolina
Dupont State Park, North Carolina
Ocoee Trail, Tennessee
Big South Fork, Tennessee
Rock Lake, Cable, Wisconsin
Levis-Trow Mounds Wisconsin
Cuyuna Lakes, Minnesota
Alafia River State Park, Florida
MOCO Epic, Maryland
Maah Daah Hey, North Dakota
But only well after a rain and when it is not scorching hot, kind of a small window in the end July, early August I guess.
Copper Harbor, Michigan
This does have some tough climbs, but they are not too long. But it may be my favorite trail system yet.
For rides not on the IBMA list:
Redbug Lake Overstreet Tallahassee, Florida
San-Lee Sanford North Carolina
Tannehill Forge Alabama
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