Saturday, October 15, 2016


Kristian had never ridden Patapsco Valley State Park in we had to go.  The trip down Interstate 83 to Arbutus, Maryland takes a little more than an hour...but the drive and the traffic was worth it.  The two of us experienced, possibly, one of the best rides I've had in a while.  It was typical Patapsco...twisty single track, log build ups, scattered rock gardens, "Blair Witch Houses," challenging climbs, and "hold on tight" downhills!  All in all, 15 miles and 1,600 feet of climbing of mountain biking bliss!  It was, in Kristian's words, "Awesome Sauce!"  

David Raymond & Kristain Haines.  "FRIENDZ" -- October 15, 2016

So...Kristian confided in me today that he's not a big reader and, when I send him my my blog, he really only looks at the pictures.  So...let's let the pictures tell the story of today's ride.  It really was "Awesome Sauce!"

Kristian Hains & David Raymond taking a break near the Patapsco River.  Check out this super kool photosphere of the area -- October 15, 2016

Kristian Hains -- October 15, 2016

The power of Mother Nature is amazing.  Damage to the area from this summer's unprecedented and historic flood in Ellicott City is still apparent -- October 15, 2016

Kritain having a "Huffy Toss" moment half way through our ride today -- October 15, 2016

Yes...literally 10 minutes after Kristian's "Huffy Toss" moment we spotted what looks to be a Huffy at the bottom of the ravine! -- October 15, 2016

David Raymond.  The idea for the angle of the picture was totally Kristian's -- October 15, 2016

Kristain Hains -- October 15, 2016

Kristian Hains & David Raymond in Patapsco Valley State Park -- October 15, 2016

Kristain was totally impressed with the "Blair Witch" houses near the Connector Trail in Patapsco.  Here's another ultra kool photosphere of the area -- October 15, 2016

Watching Kristain ride brings a huge smile to my face.  Check him out below -- October 15, 2016

David Raymond -- October 15, 2016

Kristain  Hains -- October 15, 2016

Cascade Falls in Patapsco Valley State Park -- October 15, 2016

Yep...Awesome Sauce! -- October 15, 2016

Life is a journey...not a destination!

David A. Raymond -- October 15, 2016
All pics courtesy of SQUIRRELS WITH CAMERAS.

Awesome sauce!  Picked up my brother-in-law, Donny, on the way home -- October 15, 2015