Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Little Bit of Gravel

As part of my goal to ride a century this year, I'm trying to increase the distance I ride by ten miles every couple of weeks. The plan for Saturday's long ride was 50+ miles, so I thought I would ride for a bit off the pavement.

In order to get to the gravel I first had to ride 24 miles of mostly smooth, scenic pavement.

 No need to rake under this tree in the fall.

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 The gravel section was actually more dirt than gravel. This is one reason why I have 2 inch wide tires and fenders.

Because straight is boring.

Bear Tracks
Apparently, I wasn't alone in the woods.

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This was a good place to stop for a bite to eat.

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I think I've finally broken in my saddle. The entire ride was pretty much pain free.

After 10.5 miles, I hit the end of the gravel. It was right about here that I started hearing a not very nice noise coming from my drivetrain. I stopped to check it out, but couldn't find anything wrong. After a few minutes of riding on the pavement the noise went away. Must have just been some dirt gumming up the works.

The last 17 miles were back on pavement. The scenery was still very nice.

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  1. That tree appears to be growing upside down.
    Or maybe it's just trying to stay warm.
    Or something.

  2. Yeah, I don't think the roots will be dropping leaves anytime soon.

    Is that a wolf track mixed in with the bear track? My son saw 4 bears about a mile south of our house Wednesday.

    It looks like that was a very nice ride with some very nice photos. Thanks for sharing.

  3. It must drop seeds though, because there is another one just down the road.

    Not sure about the wolf track. I didn't see anything else nearby.
    I was lucky enough during a ride a couple years ago to have two wolves cross a trail about 50 feet in front of me. I wish I would have been ready with my camera then.

    Thanks, I hope to share many more nice rides in the future. Hopefully, if the weather cooperate, Trish and I will be going on our first S24O together in a few weeks.

  4. Glad to see you ridin' gravel!

    Nice photos!