I hit the road looking to ride something different than my usual Turkey Point or The Pines. After a bit of thought I decided upon Puslinch. Its just over an hour away and is home to some twisty pine forest singletrack that slowly progresses into technical hardwood riding with roots and rocks.
I arrived at 9am, the trailhead was busy but not too overwhelming. I geared up and headed out into the bush. The soil was tacky with a couple of small wet areas throughout. For the first few kilometers its a nice winding ride in the plantation forest along the 401. You can hear the traffic from the 401 along the entire North edge of the forest, but it quickly fades as you progress further to the South East.
Route finding is a little on the tough side at times. The full loop is marked with blue blazes on the trees that are not always easy to find. It also appears that an easier loop is marked with green blazes. I kept following the blue markings and making my way into the tougher more challenging trail. Like I said before, the further you go the more challenging it gets.
The Fatboy seemed to swallow up all the nasty roots and rocks without too much trouble. I've never cleaned so many sections here before, I have to give credit to the bike for this one. I seemed to have great traction wherever I was. I also got the usual comments from onlookers and other riders to the tune of "isn't that thing slow?" "I bet that takes alot of work to ride", etc etc. My answer is what it always is - the bike isn't holding me back, the only thing that does is my skill and nerve.
If you have never been to Puslinch (or Twin Ponds as some call it), its worth the drive. Its a great place to ride if you like technical singletrack or are just looking to break up the routine of riding your local trails. The entire loop can be done in under two hours if you are of average skill and fitness level (me), much quicker if you are the racer type. It also drains well after a rain fall, adding to the appeal of the trails. Get out there, you will have fun. I promise.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.