Trail riding trial

Riding the new “Little scraggy” trail with Schatzi
Riding the new “Little scraggy” trail with Schatzi

My wife and I had just adopted this beautiful German Shepherd, and since it was such a nice Colorado fall day, I decided to take Schatzi out for her first mountain bike adventure. This was to be the first time that we allowed her to be off leash, so I was a bit nervous about how it would go. She was around 20 months old and full of energy. I knew that on foot, I would have no chance of corralling her if it came to that. I had been to Buffalo Creek a few times over the summer and had heard of a new trail that had been constructed over the past few months. This was to be the proving ground.

Schatzi decided to take the lead on this section at Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Schatzi decided to take the lead on this section at Buffalo Creek, Colorado

I have had German Shepherds in the past, but this was going to be new for the both of us. I parked the van, unloaded the bike, and got Schatzi on her leash. We hit the single track and I released her. She took off like she was shot out of a cannon. I just kept riding along and within a few seconds, she fell right in line behind me. It was a great feeling to see her be free, just the same way I feel when I’m on two wheels. We continued on for a few miles at a pretty easy pace, enjoying the views and experiencing the new trail before us.

It was awesome to see her be able to run free and enjoy being a dog. The new trail was fantastic as well! I found the narrow single track winding through huge boulders and evergreen trees made me feel small and alive at the same time. The drive to and from the trail doubled the time spent riding my bike, but it was well worth it.

I’m looking forward to the warmer months and the chance to get back out there again. Just like riding with good friends, this experience brought us closer together and will be one that I remember for a long time to come.