|The Plan: Enter Trail Behind Benson From S. Nanaimo, Nanaimo Lakes Rd.|
Luck would have it that a trail went off left of this gate and I took it thinking it might curve right and meet the trail I wanted. None of these smaller side trails appear on the maps available, so you takes your chances! It didn't head that way at all, but I figured it would be an interesting ride since I got skunked.
Now, my GPS is playing up and so I decided to keep looking behind me at any spur trails just so I would recognize the return ride. I wrote, "went up hill, turned right at two stumps and found clearing." This saved my bacon!
I set the GPS at the clearing and continued along a very varied trail that changed from narrow treed passages to very rocky difficult terrain. Generally the trail was firm packed mud and gravel with the occasional "time to stand up" bump.
After about 45 minutes and many turns I started to get the feeling that everything was familiar and I realized that it was in fact a loop and so I began to look for the way out. Lo and behold I entered the loop again! If you have ever watched the Star Trek episode where they keep re-entering a time loop until they finally find a solution, that's exactly what it felt like today!
I eventually remembered where to turn off to find the small clearing and then followed my written directions and reversed them to turn left at the two stumps. I was really relieved to get the hell out of there today. Once I got home and plugged my GPS waypoints into Google Earth it made a lot more sense.
I ended up doing almost 70Km by the time I got home.
|The Loop... (clockwise). Click it to go bigger.... Back arrow to return to blog.|
My sense of direction is useless!