Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby Tinkerbell on Wed 6/May/09 10:24am

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Dear Bigfoot

I haven’t known you long, not even a year, but you were my favourite from the first time we meet. Getting to know you wasn’t really that easy. Your many many tight switchbacks with their rocks and roots tested my legs, andlungs and commitment, but that first ride last year did not daunt me. Your sweet, flowing, thrilling descent hooked me and fixed you firmly in my heart. So it was with great sadness that I wrote to Neil at Krankto confirm a rumour I didn’twant to believe. Your lovely trees are to be logged this month and no longer will I, or anyone, be able to swoop down amongst them.

I couldn’t just let you go without saying goodbye in person, it would be wrong. So to Hanmer I went on Monday, to ride you one last time. Upon arrival it seemed to me you are steeling yourself for what is to come. You were icy cold and gloomy, sucking the warmth out of me. The climb up the road from your exit to your entrance was dark in the afternoon, damp, frigid. But then your entrance was bathed in warm sun, welcoming us, and my husband was winding up upon you as I took you in. You are unforgiving though. Your wet switchbacks, with their roots and rocks, more than a match for me and my currently weak legs. You showed no charity to my broken elbow and taught me that I can no longer turn right tight enough for you. In gloom, with my heart racing, you were not the friend I remembered, but on I pushed to the top and the thin rays of sunlight.
You taught me the importance of tyre choice and that my chosen tyres weren’t for you. But the descent was there before me and I hoped you would be kind and show that side of you that made me come back to say goodbye. You did, and I flowed along you, through your trees, smiling and whooping, yet melancholy that this would soon be nothing but a scarred chaos of stumps and destruction. And then you reminded me that you were in no moodfor such sentimentality with one steep wet rutted corner that took my breath away as my wheels squirmed and my bike bucked under me. I held it together as you tested me, and regrouped for a final descent. Again you picked my spirits up and had me laughing as I jumped over tree roots and swept downcorners and floated down drop offs. Then ahead of me I heard the warning thump of a bike hitting the dirt as your final corner stole my husband’s bike and left him standing on the track. You are a trickster in the wet Bigfoot, it’s a side of you I haven’t seen before and I didn’t really like it much. It was disappointing to have to creep down this last difficult corner on sliding feet, but I was in no mood to injure myself.

We said our goodbyes and decided to pay a visited to your older bother Detox, who is much more forgiving and fun in the cold autumn sunlight. While Detox was still quite wet and rutted in places it was all slidey fun and I rode it fast(ish) and laughing. Detox reminded me not to take you too seriously Bigfoot. Your dark tree lined corners are more testing in the wet, your climb more difficult for those struggling to regain lost fitness and confidence. But you aren’t to be blamed for my frustration and with the joy of Detox in my veins I forgave you for treating me badly. </div>

Sometime in the next two weeks the loggers will come and they will bury you. It is a great loss, and I will miss you. I know the wonderful trail pixies of Hanmer will bring you back to life as soon as they can, but without your mature forest some of your magic will be lost forever. Rest in peace, my dear Bigfoot, you will be missed by many. </div>


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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby Bigfoot on Wed 6/May/09 10:56am

Sorry :paranoid:
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby thorg on Wed 6/May/09 10:58am

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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby swtchbckr on Wed 6/May/09 10:59am

DAMN! i thought Bigfoot had a bit longer than that! I'm sure someone on the forums here had said much later this year. bugger. i'll miss it. that was one of my favourite trails.
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby Tinkerbell on Wed 6/May/09 10:59am

Bigfoot wrote:Sorry :paranoid:



How could you! I thought we had something special :lol: :lol: :lol:

I guess I'll forgive, just don't do it again!
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby Tinkerbell on Wed 6/May/09 11:00am

swtchbckr wrote:DAMN! i thought Bigfoot had a bit longer than that! I'm sure someone on the forums here had said much later this year. bugger. i'll miss it. that was one of my favourite trails.


Called into Krank on Monday and its got 2 more weeks at the most. If you were to head to Hanmer this weekend you'd get to ride it, but with all the rain things will be pretty trecherous I'm thinking!
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby D2 on Wed 6/May/09 11:34am

Tinkerbell, would you like a copy of this forwarded to Rayonier? Bigfoot has been so loved and your words have made me so sad as well.
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby Tinkerbell on Wed 6/May/09 11:41am

D2 wrote:Tinkerbell, would you like a copy of this forwarded to Rayonier? Bigfoot has been so loved and your words have made me so sad as well.


Yeah, but it is their forest and I'm not upset at them for logging it. Its really cool they let us in there at all. With Neil and the other pixies working away I'm sure there will be all sorts of stuff to replace it. Thanks for the thought though. :)
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby RJD on Wed 6/May/09 12:20pm

:( RIP BigFoot, rode it at Easter, sweet track.
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby radiusq on Wed 6/May/09 12:29pm

:( One of my very favourite bits of trail in the whole entire world and the current weather may mean I never get to ride it again. I feel sad.
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby slowMTB on Wed 6/May/09 12:46pm

Don't be sad my two wheeling friends, for every death there is new life. Bigfoot will live on, no doubt in another guise, but all will not be lost :). The new trail will have BIG SHOES to fill though :lol:

Although it is sad to lose trails in mature forest :(
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby neels on Wed 6/May/09 12:51pm

Bigfoot was one of the first proper mtb tracks I rode, sad to think I won't get another go at it now that I actually have some fitness and a small amount of skill to enjoy it properly. :(
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby danose on Wed 6/May/09 12:56pm

radiusq wrote::( One of my very favourite bits of trail in the whole entire world and the current weather may mean I never get to ride it again. I feel sad.


it was okay - but that was all (too swoopy/flowy), I always thought red rocks was a lot more interesting
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby Tinkerbell on Wed 6/May/09 1:03pm

danose wrote:
radiusq wrote::( One of my very favourite bits of trail in the whole entire world and the current weather may mean I never get to ride it again. I feel sad.


it was okay - but that was all (too swoopy/flowy), I always thought red rocks was a lot more interesting


then you'll be happy to know its open again and apparently is even more filled with rocky goodness. We didn't ride it, but Neil's been working away on it with a big hammer!

BTW do you stand up at funerals and say "oh the deceased was ok, but my mate over here is much nicer" when people are mourning? Just wondering......
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Re: Goodbye Wonderful Track – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Postby danose on Wed 6/May/09 1:06pm

Tinkerbell wrote:then you'll be happy to know its open again and apparently is even more filled with rocky goodness.


excellent - more places for me to crash! :thumbsup:

BTW do you stand up at funerals and say "oh the deceased was ok, but my mate over here is much nicer" when people are mourning? Just wondering......


nah, it's just that the way people are wibbling on you'd think bigfoot was some super-amazing destination track - I certainly wouldn't rank it with things like venus/bilantis or even against greenwood park or flying nun locally, it just wasn't THAT amazing
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