After reading this article about Marin County on Pinkbike, I have been reflecting on just how fortunate we are. I went out today and rode world class, challenging mountain bike trails ten minutes from my house. Most of us on IMTB routinely access great trail systems from our homes, or after a very short commute. The thought of living like the riders depicted in the article makes me cringe, and makes me think "there but for the grace of God, go we." It may not be the grace of God however. It may be by the grace of land managers who haven't YET made all trails illegal for mt. bikes and haven't YET turned every trail into a dumbed-down bridle path. Or worse - sold all the land to housing developers. So as I rode perfect dirt, over steep, rocky and challenging trails today on a great bike with some great like-minded dudes, and saw many others doing the same, I thought - and said aloud - "man, are we fortunate." Then I said a friendly hi, good morning and thank you to every hiker and jogger I saw.