Trail Report: BlueHole – Disabled hunting 302a exploring day 

March 2, 2017

Today I went for a quick ride at Bluehole.  I took the disabled hunting access entrance, 302a, and just went and explored some of the many side trails.  None blew me away but some where pretty nice.  I also think I found the one that Connects with the other parking space but didn’t finish riding it since it was a bit over grown.  

I am going to have to start putting some movement into these rides soon.  Simon is in plenty good enough condition to move out a lot more.  I just seem to get hung up exploring which tends to be slower going.  

But really, 7 miles in 2 hours? Lame.  But I enjoyed it and feel refreshed.  

That black dot way ahead in the photo above, that’s Daisy.  

When I got home I found my box from Riding Wearhouse on the porch.  I had just put Simon out but ran back and grabbed him again so we could try hi new saddle pad on!   I have been using one that is way too small for my endurance saddle but finally decided to order a decent and well fitting one.  I selected the Toklat T3 Matrix woolback with memory foam ortho inserts.  

First, it looks amazing.  Second, it feels amazing. High end memory foam, this is not come Walmart knock off foam.  And it fits and looks really nice on!  

I also ordered new irons, which are seen in the photo above.  I was using no-name endurance style with foam foot beds.  But one had ripped most of the way off and I decided to do the real upgrade to the E-Z Ride ones.   They really are quite a bit nicer than what I had.  

Too bad it arrived after my ride.  Now I’ll be itchcing for the next time I can get out!  I’ll be sure to do a review of the new items when I get to put them through their paces.  

Trail Report: Blue Hole – 302a Disabled Hunting Branch 

February 21, 2017

Today I went to Blue Hole, turned around at the end where I normally park, and then drove back, over two cattle grates and just a bit past the 302a disabled hunting access branch (which is on the left as I drove) and parked on the left side of the road.  

I headed back down the road and started up 302a (now on my right), around the closed gate, and continued on. 

I stayed straight to the end of the fire road, close to 2 – 2.5 miles, where there is a brown wooden post to prevent 4 wheeled traffic, and on up the trail that continued.  Off to the left is a big field to explore at a later time.  

The trail ended or I could have just lost it. It was pretty clear right up to the end, and I did see old hoof prints.  I also saw some old blue blazes and some pink flags that looked pretty new.  It ended right around 3.2 total miles at this point.  I turned around and started back. Then I went up hill to the left following pink tags, up to the top of the hill, and onto an actual trail running along the top. 

On this map below – I entered the map from the top right corner, on the FR at that point, and I rode up, taking the top where the black line splits. This is where the FR ends.  I continued straight on the top line, and down the map and ending on the line on the right hand side of the map.  

I turned around and rode back to the branch off to the left.  This is the big hill that the pink flags go up.  The path at the top went in both directions but the short branch is where the trail fades out. The other direction kept going with nice views on both sides, well flagged in fresh long pink tape, and a worn path.  The leaf litter did get deep in places and made following the trail tough in a few points. But really, this trail has been groomed.  

Looking again at the zoom in of the map below, I suspect it meets up with the trail marked in the light red dashes just below the black line. 

When I lost the pink flagged trail I turned around and followed it back to the main trail and continued back towards the fire road.   There is one spot that there is quite a bit of downed trees on this trail.  A path has been cleared for all but one, that seems rather fresh.  Right around this are is an old FR or logging road going down to the right.  The entrance has a screen of trees over it but beyond it is perfectly clear, and a closed fire gate can be seen.  I went down this road.  Of course. 

It was cleared, and still nice and wide, although at one point the leaf litter was up to Simons chest.  He seemed to enjoy this.  I rode it down till it leveled out at a camp type circle and a pond.  The road goes off left and right and appears to continue straight as well.  I went very briefly left and right and then turned around and headed all the way back to the trailer. 

Duh I am super excited to explore more here.  There are close to a dozen fire roofs, old logging roads, and what appear to be trail heads along this ride from today that I did not check out.  You can look forward to some more exploring over here.  

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