South Burma

The Ogre isn’t really a mountain bike—no shocks—and it’s built for fire roads and gravel and the like, not steep, rocky singletrack. The South Burma trail in Annadel is very rugged and rocky. Rocky in the sense that big, half-buried, immovable rocks practically block the trail and make it impossible to pick a smooth line. Hit one of those rocks at high speed on the Ogre and you fly off. Hit one on the Ogre at low speed and you topple over. Real mountain bikes with full suspension can handle that kind of terrain much better than the Ogre. But I wanted to see what my rigid rig could do.

My ace support crew, who hiked South Burma the other day, warned me. But I had to test it for myself. Shoulda listened to her.

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2 response to "South Burma"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: May 6, 2018

    I love that shot from the Canyon trail at the end. The other trail conditions wouldn’t really even be very fun on a bike with suspension. Being passed by a runner really says it all. It looks like you’ve got lots of beautiful options in that park, though. I can say that, in my 20 years in Oz, I do not miss the Canadian geese. Of course, Oz has even more obnoxious birds than Canadian geese… but still, I do not miss them.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: May 6, 2018

    The geese congregate down in the busiest parts of the park — more freebie food sources there, I suspect — and are a real nuisance. Watch where you step! But this time of year the goslings are always a big hit.

    You’re right about trail conditions. The singletrack in Annadel is mostly too much for me and the Ogre. However, there are plenty of strong, competent riders on serious mountain bikes who fly over those extremely rocky trails (and I mean big, immovable rocks) both uphill and down like it’s smooth pavement. Not me.

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