Weekly Monday night mountain bike rides from Rose Bike Shop in Orono are under way. This week 13 bikers showed up at 6:30 p.m. ready to explore the trails that are preserved by the Orono Land Trust.
Jim Rose led us across the Stillwater River bridge to a wooded area named Piney Knoll on the east side of Route 2, where we wound our way through small single track trails, up and down hills, over small logs, across the railroad tracks to a trail that runs parallel to the Penobscot River.
Along the way we shared tips such as: “momentum is your friend, look where you want to go, shift your weight back on the downhills.”
Thanks to the efforts of the Orono Land Trust and the University of Maine a multitude of great trails for biking, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing wind through woods, along streams and rivers, through bogs and over hills. Trails vary from single-track to carriage path-like smooth dirt trails.
The trails are all interconnected, so you can bike from one of seven conservation properties to the next over nine trail easements without spending much time on the road. Our Monday trail ride took us through the Brent Halsey Educational Forest to the university trails and eventually back through the River Trail.
One of the best ways to get familiar with the trails is to join Rose Bike on a group ride. Check the Web at www.rosebike.com for the schedule. Visit the Orono Land Trust at www.oronolandtrust.org to learn more and download trail maps.
— By Karen Francoeur, Master Maine Sea Kayak and Recreation Guide, Castine Kayak