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Took my Cervelo on single track today. Wasn't planning on it.

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Took my Cervelo on single track today. Wasn't planning on it.

Old 09-04-17, 11:11 PM
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Took my Cervelo on single track today. Wasn't planning on it.

I was looking forward to taking my bike to Easton and riding some roads I've only ever seen from skis. But there's a fire burning nearby and the smoke in the air is atrocious. I turned around, parked at a lower altitude river valley town where I couldn't see the air I was breathing.

I asked my Garmin for a round trip route, and relied on it - followed it blindly. I don't know the area well enough to find a good route, I would have picked a bad one from the map. Instead, the watch strung a route together for me on roads, rail-to-trails, even a bit of singletrack, with a fast and twisty descent on pavement, but it avoided highways. It was a great route.

By the time I was dodging rocks and roots, I was already committed, I'd have to turn around and retrace ? miles to get back to my car. I had no idea where I was. That made it feel like an adventure.

I was able to move pretty fast across the dirt and light gravel sections. Rocky singletrack was another story. That part was flat, I took it slow and chose my line carefully, the curves were easy at a crawl. This wasn't my finest hour - well, it was a short section, so five minutes - but it was nice to be able to ride. I spent many years on 23s and wouldn't have been able to do a ride like today.

Didn't get a picture of the worst of the trail, but here's some of the scenery (and the bike).

I had to get off and walk down this part. For one thing, a sign informed me it's the law; for another, the gravel was too deep for me on 28s and the switchbacks too small.

My route kept taking me on and off the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. Here's what it looked like.

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For years I rode my Torreli on all matter of NH and VT woods roads, trails and general gnarliness because they were often part of the road route. I can run a 28 on the back and a 25 on the front, but that's it, which is why I went for a gravel bike. That and I got tired of flatting and falling over in sand and mud. I'm sure your Cervelo can take a beating as well. Nice pics. Glad you were able to avoid the smoke. Friends in Portland are telling us it's bad down there.
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