Saturday, October 25, 2008

Life's obstacles

In life we have obstacles, just like we do at Potter's Pasture, but we adapt to overcome obstacles in life as well as at Potter's. Steep climbs, fast, rooty descents, fresh cow pies, heat, cold, wind, rain, an occasional rattlesnake, a broken bone or bike part, it's part of our hobby & part of our "slice of heaven" out here in western NE.

Much like the elk that are moving back to these parts after more than 100 years of absence we've adapted to our "riding range" & in my opinion are "thriving", just as the elk are once again! I'm grateful for a place like this to ride, take my family, camp, hang out with like-minded friends that I've met there over the years & just LIVE! The memories I've made out there will be with me forever as will the friends I've made, RIDE your BIKE, SMILE & LIVE, it's all good people!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Big Wheeled Ballyhoo

It's official the Big Wheeled Ballyhoo is coming to Potter's Pasture in fall of 2009.  The exact dates are in flux, but will most likely be the second week in October (in conjunction with the normal fall camp out).  This blog is in its infancy, but expect there to be future updates and additional features added in the future.  The Big Wheeled Ballyhoo is an event created by 29er advocate, "Guitar Ted".  It was originally a big camp out and demo weekend for those who love or are interested in bigger wheels.  The Ballyhoo at Potter's will retain the original mission to be a place for 29er lovers to meet and ride.  Potters is the perfect place for 29ers.  I'll expand on the terrain and the benefit of the 29er out here in future posts.  Additionally, I've planned a series of posts dealing with trail features that are unique to cow-created trails and how to navigate them.  Also, if you're a interested in more information about Potter's, Cow Trails, or anything 29er related, drop us a line over here at the blog.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fall Camp Out

The annual fall camp out is in the books.  A lot of folks riding in the damp haze through out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  It's always nice to enjoy the riding with like-minded folks.  Most of the old crew was there and rode their brains out over the weekend.  Many people came and went through the day, but we kept the fire going and the hot cocoa steaming.  Here are a few pics I pulled from the camera.  Sorry I didn't take more pictures, but the riding was just too good to fuss with the camera that much.  Stay posted for a hint at next year's festivities . . . big changes in the works.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Potters Pasture - Cows as Trail Builders

Potter's pasture teaches a rider many things, one of which is that Cows are crazy trail builders. When they decide upon a route, they stick to it regardless of how illogical.  They typically take the shortest distance between watering holes or open pasture. Which is usually straight up or down an impossibly steep hill.  Trails that have been guided by human builders are easy to spot, they follow the contour of the land, make use of natural features, and are erosion resistant.

I've been riding Potter's Pasture for about three years. Every time I arrive at the top of the first climb, I'm simply in awe of the wide open space and the sheer magnitude of trail options.  
When I first moved to the area, I heard rumors about crazy mountain-starved bikers riding cow trails to get their fix.  I asked around and learned nothing.  I began using a snow bike to ride the sandy canal near my home for lack of a better option.  An unlikely post on a MTB forum let to a contact with someone that had been riding the trails for quite a while.  A few phone calls and emails later, I was on my way to learning more about cows and their trail building tendencies.

Here's the thing about Potter's;  These trails are narrow, rutted, rooty, wide open, surprisingly tight, and anything else you can imagine.  They are raw and constantly changing.  The elements contribute, but the cows walk where they choose.  This place is pure MTB heaven.  Don't expect manicured race trails, be prepared for trails that will test your equipment and ability to steer precisely.  Thousands of acres of pure MTB bliss just a handful miles away from I-80, hidden in the center of Nebraska.  If you think Nebraska is flat, this place will change your perspective.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Potters Pasture a slice of MTB heaven

We decided that Potters Pasture is such a special area to ride that it deserves a blog!!!! I have been riding and working on trails at the area for 6 1/2 yrs. now. It just keeps getting better !! I was lucky enough to be pointed towards Potters by a gal by the name of Patty Evans who has a shop in North Platte called CycleSport. I asked about singletrack and she gave me directions to this place called Potters Pasture. The original crew has been riding the area off and on for around 16 years from what I've heard. We have a spring and fall gathering every year with atendence from 10 to 50 people. Its always a good time at Potters . The trails have evrything for all abilities from beginer to expert. We just had our fall gathering last weekend which will be another entry later!! I thought this would be a good way to get this blog rollin' !! Heres a recent pic taken by Mitch Kline on his last vist back from Colorado.