I packed a saw and a shovel to recon the Cumberland trails and do some maintenance. Despite snow in the open areas there was a lot of good riding with hero dirt and packed snow in various areas.
Having gears was a novelty in Cumby. It sure makes the riding easier and more relaxed. Not better or worse....just different.
I didn't get to break out the shovel once. Zero puddles to drain. In fact I was pretty blown away by how dry the dirt sections of trail were.
I cleared a lot of fallen branches off the trail, but came across just one tree I couldn't move without cutting it in half.
I wore gaiters to keep dry, but they weren't needed. The snow was hard so I could walk/ride on top and there were no puddles/mud to deal with.
There was a ton of great riding to be had with just enough HAB/access challenges due to the open areas to keep most people away.
I'm going to explore higher next week and see what's shaking further off the main trails. I'm optimistic for some really fun riding.