While the hiking in the Nashville area is fantastic, the mountain biking trails are also nothing to sneer at.
And we’re not talking your Midwest “mountain biking trails” which mean a giant, flat dirt road in a public park. For realsies mountain biking where the path is rocky and steep and narrow and keep your knees in if you value your life.
Jones Mill Mountain Biking Trail is within spitting distance of me in the expansive Long Hunter State Park so I hit it up for the first time in November. I won’t lie, it nearly killed me. I was not used to strenuous cardio and the downhill sprints over slick and jagged rocks made me suddenly wonder if not bringing a ridiculous-looking bicyclist helmet would be my curtain call. I could clearly envision my gray matter spewed all over the limestone.
Luckily I skirted death once more and even smarter, I’ve been running a lot the past few months so the second time was much more enjoyable.
Mountain biking…in January…oh how I love the South.
Also got a chance to use some new photography apps in my growing love affair with iphoneography…
3.6 miles back and forth and up and down hills ends up looking like this from above. I use the MapMyRide app to GPS my whole ride. The app is fantastic to see where you’ve been and you can even log on to their website to get a 3D Google Earth view of your routes. You can set it to record and then go right to another app, like Camera and it’ll go right on recording. Shame more people aren’t using it.
I’m using my iPhone 4 (soon to be a 4S if there’s any justice in this world) and the Pro HDR app which takes some amazing shots. Post-processing done with Dynamic Light and PhotoToaster, both of which have really impressed me. I can’t wait to use them with my forthcoming Photojojo lens kit, but I’ll save that post for later.
At the top of Bald Knob is a very steep path that you can slide down to the cliffs above the lake. It was quiet and still and a perfect spot to eat some trail mix and let my poor calves rest.
It’s all worth it for a view like this. Now to log my workout in Fleetly because I’ll do pretty much anything for a social media merit badge.