Sign says "Danger!!!"
All things considered, the Round Valley trails were in very good shape, but all the places that I like so well because they're hard-packed dirt were now slick with mud. Our tire treads packed quickly and it got very greasy very quickly. It's probably been at least seven years since I MTBed in the mud and I had completely forgotten how, my rear wheel getting all slide-y and squirrelly in the puddles. We had to slow down a bit to compensate - H still managed to ride all the way up Hammerhead Hill without incident, although the slick surface caused him to spin out a couple of times - but we managed it okay. And even with the muddy spots, my legs were clearly feeling better than last weekend as I was able to climb at least a couple more of the Rambler switchbacks than before.
Frickin' mud puddles got my bike all dirty
Ride stats: distance: 19.08 miles (my longest MTB trail ride yet as we added a small loop in the middle of our regular ride); time: 2:12; average speed: 8.7 m.p.h.; maximum speed (H's): 23.4 m.p.h.; total climb: 1,639 feet.