Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern Illinois
Bikes: Giant "Rainier"
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Trail Ride, Poison Ivy and Bad Knee (Pics)
Today I rode what is called Klause Park. This is a county park north of Cape Girardeau, MO that has been a problem spot for meth deals, pedophiles and other assorted low-brow activities. About a year ago, the local contingent of mountain bikers contacted the county and asked if they could possibly build a trail system within the park. Normally, government bodies and private organizations don't work well together, but in this case, the county said, "This can only help". This group has really worked hard, and has created about 3 miles of all single track trails with now, some pretty cool technical features.
I rode this trail back in December and was blown away by how much it has improved in a short time with a whole new trail that has some great banked zig zags. The downside to these trails is the huge amount of poison ivy that grows in about 50% of the trail area.
All in all, the little park is great. I took a few pics. They are not the best, but give an idea of the trail type. There is a section that runs along Interstate-55 and I was trying to put on my best show for the passers by and tweaked my left knee. Not bad, just on of those nagging arthritic pains over the knee cap. RICE therapy tonight.
Here is a link to all the pics: http://s425.photobucket.com/albums/p...Klause%20Park/
About 1/2 the trail system is in nice manicured open woods like this and flow fast and fun with lots of switchbacks.