Okay, not that sad.
But, it is a dark time here in the
Charlotte area. One of my most favorite of trails, Poplar Tent, will be closing soon. Everyone around here has been expecting it
for some time now, but that didn’t make the news any easier to take. I found out from someone “in the know”, but
it quickly spread to our local club forum.
This sucks…really sucks.
Poplar tent is the raddest trail around here. It’s tough, rocky, rooty, and unrefined. You need to have a little bit of skill when you ride there, but I wouldn’t say that it’s overly difficult. In fact, it’s about as difficult as you make it. There are several features out there, including one that I’ve been riding since way back in the days of little wheeled squishy bikes:
Heck, Lunchbox even rode there on his squishy bike back in the day.
I rode it a lot when we moved here to
Charlotte, and I can credit that place for
helping me develop my skills without having to drive all the way to the
mountains. There is so much cool shit to
Everyone enjoys that place, including the Dirt Divas.
And the Dirty Party Cycle has accompanied me on many journeys out there:
The saddest part about all of this to me? I live six miles away. It only takes me a few minutes to get there, but I still haven’t ridden it as much as I should. I was there recently just because I knew it would all be over soon. I figured that we had until the end of the year, but the date has been set to October 1st. That is not enough time to enjoy the goodness of one of the best trails here in the
area. There has been talk of having a
“sending off” ride, and I will definitely get down with that action. In fact, I think I will make it my go to
trail from now until the bitter end.
This weekend’s ride plans have been made, and a trip there is definitely in the cards. I think I should ride it until my legs can’t take it anymore. That trail has given me so much over the years, and its time I give back while I still can. I will miss the shit outta Poplar Tent for sure.
There are plenty of other trails around here to ride, but nothing can replace that singletrack heaven.
I’m so sorry to see it go, but at least I have a little time to say goodbye.
I’ll be there this weekend, and if you’re local, you should too.