Met up with Dave to show him some more North Conway MTB goods. We parked behind Walmart and headed north on Sidehill which isn't exactly the preferred direction but it's good work and certainly makes you a better biker. We followed connected to the Middle/Peaked trail and bombed down to Sticks and Stones for a CCW loop.
Dave and I went back for redemption after our last ride up at Mineral Site. He was on a rental and had a miserable time. I had never biked the trails in the freshly cut Marshall Conservation Area so we drove over in the AM to check it out. We biked up the dirt road then continued on the brap trail before hanging a left into the woods on some singletrack. We took that to a dead end boulder and found another turnoff a little ways back. That trail took us up to high street which we followed up to the mineral site parking lot. From there it was familiar territory. We road mineral site to FR79 then to the stony ridge loop. We huffed it back out of FR379 and back to high street. Instead of heading back the same direction we took some brap trails back further down on High Street then pulled back in singletrack. There were a few new trails in there to the north that I hadn't been on and we ended up popping out at the farm next to the parking area. I don't think the new trails are anything special but a nice way to get too and from mineral site.
Finally dusted off the bike after a two month hiatus. Dave is back in town and his bike was supposed to be here which was the catalyst behind yesterday's ride. I was also curious to see how those trails were on bike vs. running. Luckily the rain didn't do much damage and it was a fast descent to Shawtown Junction. Around Trout pond is non-technical and mostly flat but the ascent up Mary's Mountain from that side had a few tricky sections where I hopped off the bike. Nearly all of it is bikeable I'm sure but not on my set up yesterday (seat was too high for some of the up/down sections. However, the descent off the summit was fast and had good terrain. The perfect level of difficulty for an intermediate biker. So I'm making a Strava segment for that one. The ride back up and out of Shawtown was more difficult than I expected - loose wet rock made it slow going but I was out before I knew it. Looking forward to more rides this Fall!