There are lots of different things that make a trail great. The technical features, roots, rocks, berms jumps, hero dirt, views, climbs, descents, and the list goes on. But sometimes what makes a trail great isn't the trail itself, it's the funky vibe that resonates.
The picture above is on a trail used to connect one great section to another. That short section of trail itself while purposeful, workman like even, is not something that you would really even notice and certainly not remember. But the Little Free Library kiosk where you take a book, leave a book is something that I just can't erase from my memory bank. I've ridden by it many, many times and it always catches my attention. I peak in every time. I'm drawn to it. There are always books and I feel pretty sure the titles are different every ride, or maybe I just want them to be different. one things for sure, you never know what you'll find. Sometimes there is a single glove inside, or some other misfit article of clothing or piece of kit that was inadvertently lost on the trail. I always wonder if the lonely glove or abandoned tire lever ever finds it's rightful owner, or maybe a new caretaker wearing mix-matched gloves.
It's a piece of trail that will forever be etched in my memory, not because of the trail itself, rather, the quirk factor. I've never left or taken anything from the little trail shrine, but it intrigues me that others do, I think I will pay homage to the trail gnomes and leave a book next time I'm out. It seems the right thing to do.
Rider or is it writer?
My name is Adam Harris. I'm a lifelong cyclist. I love bikes. All types of bikes. I hope I can relay the joy that cycling provides me through glimpses into my thoughts and some of my mini adventures.