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Gandalf and the Landlocked Forest

The gang was all present for our ride last Wednesday through the Landlocked Forest of Burlington.  I suppose we aren’t exactly friends of the LL Forest because we have never volunteered to save it as stated on their website.  But it is always a good ride with a BBQ at the end (more of that special event later).  We don’t ride here often but what I found unusual was the amount of people that were here.  The parking lot was full with people parking double parking.   Wait a minute, that was the Gringo arriving late again and having to park across about 3 of our cars.

We picked up a couple of riders for the night.  The first was Giant Gag who we have ridden with in the past.  It has been a while and it was good to see him out with us.  He always claims he is not in shape but we all know he plays hockey every day and rides after that.  Tonight was no exception as he always seemed to be non-tired throughout.  The other was Red-Shirted Jon (RSJ).  He works with TiCruz and wanted to join us for a spin.  I don’t know if he will join us again since the Gringo was on fire and wouldn’t really stop for a rest once in a while.  But RSJ is welcome any week.

Now let’s talk about Gandalf and what the hell he was doing in the Landlocked Forest.  About midway through our grind, we came to a stop.  I wasn’t sure why we stopped in the middle of a trail but it quickly became apparent when I looked to my right and saw TiCruz and the Gringo talking to an old man with long white hair and a big bushy white beard.  He was dressed in an old tattered white long-sleeved shirt and some nasty looking baggy pants.  I swear he looked like Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings but others pegged him as Santa Claus.  He was obviously one of the Friends of the LL Forest as his clipboard in a plastic bag said it all.

I’m still not sure what caused the boys to stop and talk to him but when I happened upon the scene, Gandalf was talking about some moss that was rare.  Maybe Hickory Moss??  Someone comment at the end of this post as to what the hell he was talking about.  He also mentioned that he loved the ravines which he termed streams.  I don’t know.  It was a weird occurrence.  Maybe he helped build the awesome bridges over the swamp at the end of the trail.  These things replaced the aluminum ladders that were there before.

Here is the course data and map as uploaded to Garmin Connect.  We went 6.58 miles in 01:35:02 for an average speed of 4.2 mph.  There was a couple of nice spots where I maxed out at 19.4 mph.  It looks the trails are getting used frequently and the Friends are keeping them maintained nicely.  Kudos to the Friends.

As for the post-ride event, GeoMo provided the beverage…some ice cold banquets.  I brought some marinated chicken breasts to fire up on the Coleman with some coldslaw and chips.  Excellent stuff after a nice ride.  I think the boys liked it too.  Don’t get too used to that boys, it will likely be plain ole dogs next time.



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2 comments to Gandalf and the Landlocked Forest

  • curtissweb

    More like he was smoking some moss!

  • TCruz

    Hey Slim,
    You were well tuned into Gandalf of the landlocked forest. He is a great steward, all about his maps with full topo elevations. Looked like he could have been hosting some moss himself. Great post ride BBQ!

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