Urban Trails, exploring Silver Spring’s trails

This past weekend was the 2106 MORE Winter Party/Meeting and a handful of us had a chance to explore some of the urban trails around Rock Creek along Silver Spring, Maryland.

Should I pack or rent a bike?

Every time I head down to Peru (or for that matter anywhere) I ask myself the same two questions: Should I pack it? or should I rent it?

It’s here!

I received the advance copies of the book today, it looks great! And the writing and photos are superb 😉

Seriously, I’m very excited, and today is the birthday of “best Rides D.C.” The book is now available for pre-order from several retailers, including Amazon.com. Please order yours now and enjoy the rides!

Best Bike Rides DC

You can purchase a signed copy of Best Rides DC directly from this site or online at any of the following locations:

 

Holmes Run

Went for a spin on Holmes Run and Dora Kelly Park in Alexandria.

Snapshots

A collection of snapshots I captured during the time I was working on the book; These and many more pictures will grace the pages of Best Rides D.C.

20 years of Mountain Biking the Washington D.C./Baltimore Area

the fourth edition of the MTB DC/MD Guide

The fourth edition of the MTB DC/MD Guide

It’s hard to believe that we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of my first book, Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C./Baltimore Area, now in it’s fourth edition. To commemorate its anniversary I have begun talks with my publisher, Falcon Guides, to give it a much needed update.

Shortly after arriving back in D.C. in 1991 after a mandatory “Army” absence I became heavily involved with a small group of dedicated people looking for more Mountain Biking opportunities in the region and formed the Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). Truth be told, I was one of the very first few members recruited by the actual founders of the club.

By the time I actually joined MORE the club may have had no more than 20 or so members, yours included. That tight group rode often and worked hard to convince local area land managers and other user groups that Mountain Biking was a legitimate form of recreation and that we too could be stewards of the land and care for it just as well, if not better, than our peer user groups.

It was definitely an uphill battle. We were often viewed as reckless “dew drinking” irresponsible users bent on destroying trails and terrorizing other users. Thankfully that view has changed over the years and our sport has become much more accepted around the country and the world.

By 1994 I was serving as Vice President of MORE and in that capacity I was contacted by Scott Adams, author of Mountain Bike Madness in Central Pennsylvania and the first edition of Mountain Bike Washington D.C.

The success of Scott’s PA and D.C. books prompted him to start his own publishing company, “Outside America.” His goal was to help other regional authors publish local cycling guides around the country using his model, Scott himself began work on a Virginia edition of his guides. The management of the business, and the time devoted to putting the Virginia guide book together, took away from the time which he could devote to updating the D.C. book, so, he approached MORE to see if the club was interested in helping him take over that effort.

The issue was brought up and voted on during a MORE  Board meeting but was rejected. At the time the MORE Board felt it unwise to align the club with a commercial entity, even though it would bring some needed revenue to the club. Instead, the Board wanted to focus on increasing membership and continuing to expand riding opportunities in the region.

The rejection by the Board prompted me to request “permission” to personally pursue the project and, with their blessing and me stepping down as Vice President, I began a partnership with Scott to work on a major revision to the guide. That revision doubled the number of rides detailed in the book and made me a co-author.

Since then, the book has seen two additional updates, the latest of which came about in 2003.

Now, with the 20th anniversary of it’s publication looming, and with the completion of Best Rides D.C., I’m getting ready to embark on a complete update of the book. If all goes as planned, the 5th/20th anniversary edition of  Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C./Baltimore Area will be on book shelves across the region by the fall of 2014 or early spring 2015.

Stay tuned as more details arise in the coming weeks.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

I’m gearing up for 2013 and hoping that the new book hits the shelves in the spring so that it is ready for you when you are ready to hit the trails. I’ve been quiet the past few weeks since submitting the manuscript, but that does not mean I have not been busy.

Lots of travel around the world and country has kept me off the trails and pavement, but this holiday I did manage to venture out into the woods for a Christmas Eve ride during a steady, the first of the season I might add, snow shower.

The trails at Laurel Hill, ride #9, were perfect for the occasion; Those trails benefit tremendously from a little bit of moisture on their surface. The gravel surface bonds beautifully with moisture and make riding “less hazardous”.

Laurel Hill is one of my favorite Fall/Winter destinations since the vegetation is sparse and the ticks are dormant. I’ll be posting a ride calendar for days when I head out there is you want to join me for a quick spin in the woods; especially if you’re not familiar with the area and are looking for someone to show you the way.

Stay safe and enjoy your holidays, and see you in 2013!

The Mad Rush…

I’m getting close to finishing the manuscript that will be submitted to Falcon later this summer and which will eventually be Best Rides D.C.

So, with that in mind I figured I’d start working on this blog and sharing with you some of the stuff that I’ve done and will be doing. Once the manuscript is submitted I will share rides, pictures and info on other areas not covered in the book, hopefully to entice you to go out and get it so you can enjoy the loops that I do feature.

In building the library of rides I have tried to include a little bit of everything, including back country road loops, mountain bike trails and general city and suburb loops to keep you busy for a while.

The rides that will be in the book are rides I do with my friends, and they are not “made-up” loops just for the sake of selling a book.

You’ll find some classic D.C. Rides along with some hopefully new classic loops around the cities that surround our beautiful Capital, including Alexandria, Arlington, Bethesda, Potomac, among others.

With that said, look for more regular posts related to all my outings in and around the city.

See you on the road, or trail…