didn't go quite as i would have liked...but i thoroughly enjoyed being challenged. i met up with someone from NEMBA and we went to a trail in Hamden. this would be about my 10th ride. this is his description of what we rode: Big climb up to the top of the ridgeline, some abandoned pavement riding then a huge technical cliffline descent, topped off with some Middlesex-ish weaving mt laural singletrack. all i saw were boulders, clusters of rocks and roots, lots of tight narrow turns through trees...oh yea...and the occassional moderate path. i crashed 2x...both by trying to get off my bike NOOB lesson: either commit from the get go and ride through no matter what or walk...but changing your mind midway only spells disaster. :biggrin: of course that's easy to write not so easy to follow through when in the moment. all in all it was a great workout and with my riding buddy's help, i was able to roll over a few logs, climb a few rock or root riddled areas and come away somewhat uninjured. can't wait to go back and try it again!