Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pits Update

As I was driving up I-95 the other day to spend an evening riding around Patapsco state park, and looked out the passenger window to see what progress has gone down at The Pits, and it looks as though yet another section is done for. The main section has major ICC construction going on at the moment with at least 2 sections of trail logged and being travelled by construction traffic. There are still a couple pockets that are ridable, but its nothing compared to what it once was. I have fond memories of spending long summer days out there, exploring, sometimes getting lost; digging; riding and taking pictures. There were even a couple of outlaw races there which were a hoot. It was a run whatcha brung deal with beer, bbq, and swag for all who attended. This past winter, I spent alot of nights out there with Andy who has spent 20 years riding out there to see it disappear section by section as new developments have gone up. Bob and Will pretty much rounded out our regular crew, but some others ventured out there with us as well. One night while riding through a particularly sandy section, I heard a motor in the woods and this Jeep came barreling out with no lights on it. They came ripping by and hollering some nonsense before disappearing into the darkness over the next rise. A couple of weeks later we ran into these guys again deep in the woods with a squad of quad riders and chatted them up in the below freezing temps for a while before an impromtu party broke out after the jeep driver realized he had a flat. He just looked at it casually before shrugging his shoulders and pulling out the case of beer from the back of his vehichle. Here are a few images I have from that spot. I know Andy has a ton somewhere as well as video footage from some of the jams he put on.

Here Burner and I duke out in the semi finals on the slalom course @ first gen circa 1998...



That wall in the back ground got sessioned heavy. We started at the shallower sections and worked our way over to the vert. Top to bottom was about 50 and at its steepest had about 6 feet of vert. Here Andy rolls in on a Mongoose which failed a couple days later about 20 yards away...



Here, I freefall on the big section...



Launching the shallow end...




Test dummy on the doubles out of the last berm @ second gen in 1999. The aproach was tight and sketchy and luckily the landing was soft on the first attempt...





I need to go through some of my old photos and scan some stuff.

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