Did 52 miles today, half of it was on an ORV trail headed east out of Amery Wisconsin, almost to Barron.
The ORV trail was one that my Poprad's 40mm tires could not handle earlier this summer, so I packed up the Croll and had at it. These conditions are where a drop bar MTB excels. The float of 2.1 tires vs 40mm's was just what was needed, and the drop bars allowed me to even the load on each tire and grind away for 2 hours straight at 13mph (yeah it was that slow going). It's difficult to describe how soft these ORV trails are, they are a mix of stones and sand that require floating over them. Almost fatbike territory.
Past Almena, heading east, the terrain went from rail trail to a full blown winding sand and mud ATV trail. I went as far east as I could before a gate closed the trail off (it goes over private land so never quite sure if it's all open). Had my hands full with that, so no pics unfortunately. After all that I went back west on a mix of paved and gravel roads including some small climbs.
Some pictures of the route.
This bridge was very tricky as the gaps were more than tire wide and more than tire deep. Eyes ahead and got across fine.
An unceremonious end of the rail trail in Almena WI - kept heading east of there on a more "offroad" ORV trail
The roads back were rolling but not too bad
I'm guessing school is not starting up at the place next week...
Nice adventure indeed.
We had one those days which qualifies as a finalist in the "Every Day's an Adventure" competition. It was supposed to be a short tandem ride with some friends from out of town who were going to rent a tandem (their own being in Florida). But my sweetie wanted us to go out earlier and put down 20 miles or so first. So we rode Bedford to Carlisle and back, a total of 24 miles. Halfway through we stopped at a farm stand and picked up 6 or 7 pounds of dead weight (but edible). Got back to Bedford as our friends were arriving. They rented the bike and we rode out. We got as far as Concord when we discovered their front wheel had not one but two broken spokes. I didn't want them riding on that so we called the bike shop. The shop didn't have a pickup vehicle but they'd fix it if we brought it in. So we loaded the wheel on the back of our tandem, tying it down with a spare tube.
Another use for a tube...
We got to Bedford, waited while their mechanic fixed it, then rode back to Concord. That's a round trip of 12 miles, so we'd already done 36 when we started back out. We ate some lunch, climbed back on the bikes, made it to Fern's in Carlisle, had a short food break.
Another tandem was already there so I snapped this picture.
The rest of the ride was uneventful, but by the time we got back to Bedford our odo read 58.8 miles, a bit more than I'd started the day expecting.
We drove home and as I stepped out of the car I heard a loud hissing, found this on the rear tire.
Removing that tire from the car took some work, but we made it.
It was a long day.
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Real cyclists use toe clips.
Rode my favorite back road...Yokohl. It's nice because it's lightly traveled by vehicles, a lot of countryside, and hills.
One of my favorite views of the valley.
Tried to get one of the little old wind mills...
The old Dynamite Shack (I love this shack...but HATE graffiti).
"They ain't following me, I'm just in front." - Rubber Duck
lol <---- does that look like someone drowning to anyone else?
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EBH, I could see that fjord over and over and not get tired of it.
Real cyclists use toe clips.
Yesterday, on the Mont Ventoux with my 1977 GITANE TDF...dificult !
During the climb ! not easy !
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Great photos, and nice work Papik!
No photos from yesterday, but had a wonderful 26 mile after work ride on my trek630. It is getting to be that time of year when I'm riding all the bikes in my small collection, and appreciating each of them individually.
I did a brief ride down the Banks-Vernonia trail, an old rail line that's been transformed into a multi user path which has nice trailheads in the towns of Banks to the south and Vernonia to the north. It's 21 miles one way. There are also trailheads in Manning, Buxton and Stub Stewart State Park. I rode almost to Buxton, then headed back to Banks. Lovely. It didn't hurt that there were ripe blackberries along the way. Let's just say my fingers got a little stained. As you can see the trail was packed!
Rode across the river to Minneapolis today and did the southern part of the Grand Rounds, plus a little around Lake of the Isles. 63 scenic miles, no hurry on the easy riding Trek 630.
Along the river in St Paul, some empty barges being pushed south. Weather was a little iffy at the start, but turned out OK.
Obligatory Minnehaha Falls picture
Looking toward the bandshell on the west side of lake Harriett
A pic along the midtown greenway.
Irvine Park in St Paul. A lovely fountain. Story goes it was melted down in support of WW1, then they re-cast it many years later, lucky the foundry kept the moulds.
A pic of my shiny new bell, that I picked up along the way at Calhoun Cycle. They had a Carradice long flap saddle bag that is now on the Christmas list.
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