some bike joy
chris (fool) mccraw <gently@...
2010-10-05 16:45:54 GMT
i've ridden leif erikson road, 11 miles of car-free bliss, twice in
the past week, and the conditions are primo right now--road still
99.9% dry, some leaves starting to turn.
independent of all the uproar about the decision not to open the park
to new mountain biking, this road is really pleasant riding. yes, it
is dirt/gravel for the most part, but i ride it on my touring bike
with fairly skinny slick tires and it is not even a little bit
dangerous, even at high speed (at the moment). if you've never been,
now's a great time--it turns into a bit of a mud-fest once the rains
really set in. if you've been putting off revisiting it, don't wait
til next season!
be warned though that it is closed at milepost 7 (just north of
saltzmann) til mile 11 DURING THE DAY. i rode it just after dark
yesterday and it was fine riding all the way through, albeit, really
begging for a most awesome headlight--don't try this without some
serious lumens, and a desire to be alone in the woods =)
i was going to lead a night ride on it, but considering that i like to
ride hard/fast and hills make it hard to keep a group of varying
skills/speeds together and few people have sufficient lighting anyway,
i'm just gonna suggest you get out there, night or day, before it
starts raining in earnest, and have fun.
if you really want company, contact me off-list and we'll head out
there! i was thinking maybe friday before the MMR, or sometime this
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