Damn cold again this morning. Decided to treat myself and change it up from my usual TP ride and hit up Hardy Rd Trail in Brantford. Dirt was frozen solid and fast.
The ride from the truck to Powerline Rd along the rail trail was cold but once I descended into the flood plains along the Grand River I was sheltered from the cold breeze. The cliff side section from Powerline to under the 403 was littered in downed trees, one that was particularly large and hard to get around because of the cliff side.
There is some interesting plant life along this trail in the summer months, but it grows over pretty bad and is unrideable from June to October. There has been Giant Hogweed spotted out here too, which is dangerous stuff. Lots of Poison Oak as well in the underbrush. I avoid this trail in the summer months.
The trail is also home to some pretty old growth trees along the Grand River, this one is the biggest I've spotted. I wonder how long its been here.
There are some cool structures along the trail as well, passing under the 403, various storm sewer drains into the Grand, an old fire department water water hook up, and the "hut". This building has been on this trail for as long as I can remember but has recently collapsed. Here it is today, and about 10 years ago.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.