My wife and I took a trip today over to check out the trails at Sope creek, never have been there before. Now before I go any further, let me bring you up to speed on us. "Me" MTN biker 75% and hiker 25%. My wife 85% Hiker 15% MTN biker. Today we where on foot not wheels
We parked at the trail head off paper mill, and hiked the 2 1/2 mile trail in and out that also allows bikes. I got to say it really was a cool trail, and got a great workout in, I am beat. But the main reason for writing this is to tell my tale of being a "hiker" sharing a trail with them "pesky" MTN bike riders
. Both me and my wife have heard all these story's about how the hikers out there are annoyed and bothered by those on bikes, and how they are a problem and making things bad out there. After our trip there today, we are both calling BS on who ever is saying that. That trail today was pretty much packed with MTN bikers, and I can honestly say, that 95% of them where as friendly and courteous as they could be. They all called out "on your left" if they where behind us, and thanked us as they went by
And just about every single one coming towards us gave a smile and said hello. I was seriously very impressed, even my wife said out of the blue how friendly all the bikers seemed to be. We have hiked many other shared trail systems, and I again as a "MTN biker" have encountered many elitist @-holes on bikes. I just figured after hearing all kinds of negative crap, I could bring some positive opinions to the table. The way I look at it, be a Hiker, MTN Biker, or Horse Rider, we all share the same passion for a love of dirt trails. Cant we all just get along? If we could learn to do just that, im betting it would mean so much more miles of trails for us all.