Well, we decided to take our new LHT's out for a 2 day trip along WI great river road, HWY 35.
Aside from the hills and numerous roadkill sightings the most exciting part was me getting stung in the cheek by what I think was a wasp while going about 25 mph downhill. It was about 5 minutes into the trip and didn't swell until after I fell asleepthat nite in the tent. It did put a little damper on the trip.
Up until now we have been doing mostly "trail by rail" which are relatively flat. When we finally made it to the Hidden Valley campground in the town of Welch, it really reminded me of a scene from Easy Rider. There was a band playing and drunk people everywhere. I bet there were at least 500 people there. On top of it the cost was 30 dollars a nite!
Really though it was a....neat experience.
The bikes held up great and handled the gear really well and sailing downhill at 25-30 mph was like butter.
At the end of the trip we were able to zip through a traffic backup which ended up being a guy dying in a motorcycle accident where he was thrown from his bike. It was really tragic.
Oh yeah and we saw a deer with a severed leg resting in the ditch who we conveniently spooked
So to make a long story longer, we really do like the trails
but understand that with being able to absorb so much on a bicyle....
It can go both ways.
I would like to really thank this forum for guiding us towards the right bikes, and
allot of great touring tips I would of had to learn the hard way.
So, now I will pack baking soda for the next trip.