Hi everyone! Just a note to let everyone know that there is an OCTRA equestrian event happening this weekend (Oct 4th-6th). They will be camped out in the field to the south. They will be using the equestrian trails throughout the entire Forest during all times of the day for the weekend and there can be up to 70 equestrians out there at any point in time. The cycling trail crosses the equestrian trail at several places so please exercise extreme caution at these intersections. If you are the lead rider please make it your responsibility to ensure the safety of all users and yield at these crossings. If you have a bell (personally I believe everyone should in a multi-use forest environment) give it a quick ring when approaching intersections. If you do come upon an equestrian speak up so the horse can recognize you as a person.
I imagine with rain this week the trails will be busy for everyone over the weekend. Please remember as cyclists we are required to give way to equestrians. As always be friendly and I would anticipate that you will be received well. Please strike up conversations with other users. Cooperation as always is the key to everyone experiencing a harmonious enjoyable day in the Forest!
Enjoy the trails, thanks to the efforts of many, they are in excellent condition! See you out there.