Unfortunately the route turned out to be a dud for this time of year, or at least it's a dud with my trail biking skills at this time of year. Shortly after crossing the rotting bridge on the early part of the Blackjack section of the powerline trail I came across some very deep rocky pools that blocked the road entirely. I was determined to get through initially and I blasted into the water; it covered the engine entirely and I found myself jostled over four or five large boulders that couldn't be seen through the water. Remarkably, I made it through pool #1, (after sharing some choice expletives with the wildlife), and I was faced with a choice: Continue through this lot and possibly find more of this crap, or turn and go back through the last nasty section, hopefully without dumping the bike in the drink. I turned back!
|Here's the first pool. (Marked as a marsh section on my maps). This nasty is much deeper than it looks. I was really surprised when I hit those boulders in there too. :) Photo was taken with the Garmin. The res is lower, but the geo tagging rocks.|
Here's the actual route taken:
The Tank traps are nice and gooey these days and careful navigation is a must if you don't want to get stuck in the gumbo. The creek bed leading to the traps was flowing very quickly; you find yourself riding the length of a small river for a short distance.
So, it didn't pan out this time around. The route is saved in my GPS and I'll definitely retry the route in the spring. I'm really keen to see what these winding roads look like as they weave their way in and out of the power line clearing.