Thursday, May 12, 2016


Mountain biking is a beautiful thing...but inevitably someone will fall off of their bike.  Then it can get ugly.  Glenn once said of me, "Davy doesn't crash much, but when he does the ground shakes."  Apparently, I hit the ground like a sand bag!  That being said, I, and the guys I ride with, are fortunate that none of us have ever been seriously hurt.  

I don't wreck often, but when I do I hit the ground like a sand bag.  Thanks for watching over me, Tim, while I gain my senses back! -- The Lakes, October 14, 2014
Not that we haven't had scary moments.  We've all wrecked...except Tim, that is.  How is that?  I've never seen the man wreck!  Now that I think about it...I don't think I've ever seen Timmy fall off his bike.*  The rest of us have, though.  I've witnessed Mark wipe out really hard at Blue Marsh Lake.  I've remember Glenn going down hard in a ditch underneath the power lines at Rocky Ridge.  Mikey...(oh, where do I begin?)...poor Mikey has put his body on the line more times than I can count.  Mikey doesn't wreck half-assed either.  He puts all he has into it...and it's epic!  Personally, I've gone down more times than I care to count.  My worst crash ever was at Potapsco Valley State Park in 2012.  I tried to ride a rock face near the base of Cascade Trail.  I had ridden it dozens of times...but it only takes one slip up to tumble 20 feet backwards down the rock.  I've not ridden it since...and the park has now put some very mountain bike friendly steps around the rock.  Thank you Maryland DNR!  

Glenn's epic stream crossing crash at the top of Triple Falls in North Carolina.  It's was a relief to see the thumbs up and the smile when it was all over.  The video below was the first video I ever uploaded to YouTube -- August 2008

Mikey showing off the hole in his knee after a mishap in  Patapsco Valley State Park -- August 16, 2011

Chris Keller is all smiles after going down at the Lakes -- May 18, 2014

A big smile from Jon after going over the handle bars on trail 8 at Rocky Ridge County Park -- August 10, 2011

What an epic crash at Patapsco Valley State Park.  Mikey was the only one of us brave enough to try to ride over this log build up.  At least he was able to get up and walk away from it.  I should note that he hasn't had any more children since this incident! -- August 9, 2011

 Billy Graves tried to ride a root system on a ledge near Cascade Trail in Patapsco Valley State Park.  The look on his face says it all -- July 11, 2009

The Squirrels With Cameras who take these photos are instructed to make sure that everyone is okay before we laugh (seriously, it's only funny if people aren't hurt).  That's what makes mountain biking with friends so awesome.   We talk, we ride, we look after each other, and then laugh at our escapades after the fact.  Luckily, up to this point, none of us have been so badly hurt that that we couldn't fix things with some post ride ice cream...and maybe a trip to the bike shop.

Life is a journey, not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- May 12, 2016

*Well...I stand corrected.  Tim reminded me that  he DID wreck...and how could I possibly forget this?   Back in 2006, when we first started riding in Michaux State Forest, Tim went over his handle bars about 50 yards from the conclusion of our ride.  He landed landed on his right side and tore the labrum in shoulder.  He was on the shelf for almost a year.

One of my many successful rides to the top of the rock face at the base of Cascade Trail in Patapsco Valley State Park -- August 16, 2011