In hindsight this is probably why I kept coming across articles saying that this was a mountain bike park that needed local knowledge to find your way around …
I was taking Bec through where I roughly planned on riding today when the lady who came to take my not empty cup noticed the map and asked where we planned to ride.
I proudly showed her my route plans, to which she observed, in one of those ‘I better be polite, but this customer is snake bait’ tones of voice .. “Geez … I don’t know if I’d go that way… ” before moving onto the next table.
I immediately called her back and she basically pointed out that I was choosing to ride up all the intermediate blue runs and down all the easy green runs (I’d read that the survey track was a good downhill flow ride) and she said she always rides it the other way around.
She made sense, and on the principle that local riders know their own trails I decided to take her advice.
Which is why we started our ride heading up the Survey Track, whereas my whole reason for coming here had been to ride down it.
In this case …
I guess the upside is that if you’re going to get lost somewhere, this isn’t such a bad place to do it …
I kind of liked it, but don’t come here thinking you’ll find your way around in an hour or so … like maybe I did … this is a park that needs lots of time to explore and learn its intricacies.
I reckon it would be a gold mine to have on your doorstep, but for the rest of us who just drop by, come prepared for the confusion.