- Excellent -- Smooth surface with few if any patches or cracks -- 10%
- Good -- Smooth surface with a few patches and cracks -- 20%
- Poor -- Rough surface from patches, cracks, crumbling edge -- 40%
- Terrible -- Very rough surface from patches, cracks, general disrepair -- 30 %
At the same time, I wonder to what degree the poor county roads encourages cyclists to ride the trails where they do not encounter the constant bumps, patches, cracked pavement and the dreaded chip-sealed surfaces so common on our county roads. I know that when I planned my birthday ride last year, I decided to do the entire ride on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and MapleHeart just so that I could avoid the rough roads. My birthday ride is supposed to be a celebration and a thing to enjoy, so why spoil it by spending the day of a 70-mile ride dodging patches and cracks. Why not instead enjoy the smoother ride of these trails, while not without occasional bumps, is infinitely smoother than most county roads.