Does a Broken Planet Equal Better Trails?
Keith Terra discusses a new climate for the meaning of 'Trail Season'
Words and photos by Keith Terra
The spring season is upon us here in the North East of the States, and what that means is that its the start of the trails season. Or can we even call it a start? It more just seems like a continuation of it. Usually in this area during the winter months it’s rare that you will find yourself in the woods with a bike or shovel in hand, but as the years tick on, this is not so much of a rarity anymore.
This past winter is probably one of the mildest winters i can ever remember. Sometimes we’ll get a winter with not much snow but it’ll still be bitter cold. As far as this winter goes, we barely had neither. We received one snow storm that wasn’t even that bad and maybe 3 days that you would walk outside and go “fuck, it’s cold out”. With these mild temperatures it kept the trails enthusiast buried deep in the woods slinging mud all winter long instead of being stuck at home buried deep in snow. Well, at least it was here on the Island.
In the years past i can recall that if you would be able to ride past halloween a bit into November, you would consider yourself very lucky. Then as those years continued the season would be able to stretch a few weeks more. Now you can find yourself hitting some jumps in mid December. That all sounds awesome, but as of late the start of the season seems to be a bit delayed. Coming from a trails riders perspective, it seems that the season are definitely shifting in some sorts. Like i said earlier with this mild winter it kept those blue grooves ripping well up until Christmas time. I shot a few photos down at Keyko trails on Long Island around this time of mid-December. In the woods, riding jumps, in the winter in shorts and T’s…yea, i would definitely say the planet is broken.
"With these mild temperatures it kept the trails enthusiast buried deep in the woods slinging mud all winter long instead of being stuck at home buried deep in snow. Well, at least it was here on the Island."
- Keith Terra
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