IT HAD BEEN 7 YEARS SINCE MY FIRST WHISKY 50. Trevor, my oldest, and I had rented Wenger's Sprinter and camped in this same spot - White Spar Campground. I woke up ready to explore vs race...
... Prescott AZ has miles and miles and miles and miles of pristine single track.
Whisky covers some good terrain, but at pace ya just never appreciate the beauty of a place.
Ranger Angelica chatted me up and then pointed in her favorite direction.
I had to ride 100 yards on pavement... then 5 amazing miles up, just me and my BMC. It kinda looked familiar but I couldn't be sure.
I stopped to take in the views. Nature in every direction. No landmarks. Not a soul.
This was a good time to reacquaint myself with the TrailForks app. What a terrific tool to have. I quickly oriented myself. Realized I was on the recently completed Prescott Circle - a 50 single track around the community.
But here's the thing...
Would I have been better off just adventuring with no local knowledge and limited supplies like olden days or playing it safe with the app?
Is it really exploring if we have an app or map?
... I think my pioneer ancestors would laugh at our manufactured adventures and challenges...
... at the same time, I think our adventures give us a glimpse of what their lives were like when reading, learning and hearing their stories.
One thing is for sure, we're all still wearing hats when the sun is on us.
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