Who needs 'em?
Of late, not us.
It seems those whom would have every local trail filled with riders from near and far every waking moment of every day may soon get their wish.
What they don't seem to realize that they are also signing up for is congestion, bad feelings from said congestion, altercations (necessary or not) brought on by Stravassholes doing what they do, trail widening and braiding, sanitization and re-sanitization, and other sundry results from cramming too many people out there at any given moment.
What will it take to get them to understand the big picture, the error of their ways?
Clearly we have no idea, because they haven't listened to us.
Last week Greg and I both hit the eject button and left the trails entirely. Lots of washes to be ridden, none of them currently occupied.
Silence was noted and appreciated by all, er, both of us.
Aesthetically pleasing slabs and layers were present, um, everywhere.
We carried boats with us on one of these microadventures, but ended up not needing them. Small failure there -- next time we'll go one or two washes further up and hopefully end at moving water.
The beauty of any off-piste adventure is the simple fact that you don't know exactly how things will turn out. Is the wash even rideable? Do pourovers exist? Can they be hiked around, can bikes be passed down, or will we be forced to retreat?
All good questions. The answers can't be googled, and they sure aren't on Strava.
Perhaps someday the idea that a trail has value even it isn't flooded with humanity will catch on.
Locally, that idea seems doubtful but not impossible.
Until such an eventuality comes to pass, you can have 'em -- we'll be in the washes.