Condition of Trail: Mud here and there, especially in the low spots. Trails, where they are ridden a lot were nice, though.
Trail Ambassador Name: Mark Lurie, Eric Mayhew, Bryan McFarland, Javier Hernandez, Mike LeFevre, Daren Casey, Chris Fields, Vincent Lore - yes, the whole crew are Trail Ambassadors
Location: Brooksvale Park & Naugatuck State Forest
Trail(s) Ridden: Red Trail to the Forest. Stuntry Trail to the stream trail, crossed the stream, rode the western stream trail and headed north to the Croamie Rd. Up the Croamie to the Forest Boundary Trail, past the gas line and back down to the four corners intersection with Brooksvale Park, and then back down the red trail to the parking lot.
What was the time of day? Noon
Encounters & Observations: 5 newly trained CT NEMBA Trail Ambassadors, and three more from years gone by, started up the Red Trail at Brooksvale Park and by half way up the climb we already lost one. It might have been his first ride of the new season and it just wasn't happening for him today. The rest of us continued the climb where we regrouped at the four corners. The lead pack of riders missed the next turn into the forest and had to back track only to learn that someone in our group had a mechanical. Hey, it would not be a good Trail Ambassador Training ride without at least one mechanical. Unfortunately, Chris' rear hub blew and luckily for him it would be mostly a downhill ride back to the lot so no real walk of shame for him!