Saturday started off like Sunday. Up early, household responsibilities taken care of, then work calls. My (lack of) plans were delayed, but not derailed. I had a mountain bike on my truck, but no destination in mind. I knew I wanted to see some dirt, rocks, and trees, but nothing local sounded appealing. That’s when I remembered that there is a new(ish) trail across the river that I hadn’t ridden yet.
Rocky Branch, across the Catawba River over in the town of
Belmont, is a trail that I’d walked before
but never ridden. I knew I couldn’t get
in a super long ride anywhere since I was on a leash for work, so at ~3 miles
this place seemed appropriate. Turns out
it didn’t matter where I rode, as long as I hit the dirt.
The trail looked fun back when I walked it a few months ago and riding it confirmed that. It’s a bit out of the way for me but definitely worth the trip. There were just enough jumps, rocks, and fast downhills to make it fun, and there were even a few climbs in there to make me work a little bit.
One thing I didn’t see the last time I was there was the new “advanced” section.
It started with a small rock garden and ran alongside a creek.
There were some steepish drop ins, and they led into some sort of Warrior Creek style canyon thingy.
The crew out there has been putting in a ton of work to build this thing, and they plan to do a lot more. Just as I finished my first lap, I ran into a few of the guys that did most of the work. I did another lap with them, and we spent some extra time out there looking at future sections and reroutes. I see a lot of potential out there for sure. I’ll be there for the next work day, and definitely to ride again.