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Just Riding Along… Bikepacking trip v1.0.

Finally, after quite a bit of preparations, I took the Troll on it’s maiden voyage overnight bikepacking trip. Not really having a route in mind, I set out from my family’s property in the Southeastern Ohio county of Vinton for a day long ride that would end at high point of the family lands. This kind of ride has been long overdue, so I took my sweet time with it and ended up with a 7.5 hour ride, that only covered around 40 miles. But what a sweet 40 miles they were, that completely wiped me out. The miles started in the woods, with some great mountain biking, a little bit of hike-a-bike, a rocky downhill straight out of SoCal, some back roads, some gravel grinding, and lots and lots of climbing. The Cincinnati area has nothing on this type of un-glaciated Ohio hills.

Enough with the words, I will let the pictures tell the rest…

I haven’t seen rocks like this since my trail time in SoCal… McGee Rd.

Self portrait at the end of McGee Rd.

County Rd. 17 in Vinton County.

Tar Hollow state park entrance.

Sharp turn at the top of a killer climb.

Gravel grinding on park rd. 9.

My new best friend, a Black Rat snake.

Gravel grinding continues on park rd. 39.

Black and white view of the forest firetower.

Final destination.

Even though it completely drained me, I wasted a set of brakes, and bashed my rear derailleur on a few rocks to push it out of line, it was a great way to spend the day. Some changes are in order for round two, when that day comes.

Almost forgot this short clip of loaded descending:

Just keep spinning…


4 responses

  1. That looks awesome. Way to go on the trip. I’m jealous that you’ve got the land to do it!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    • Thanks Derrick! It was a good time.

      August 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  2. pj

    DUDE! i am a avid hiker and biker and was wondering how to combine the two and with a little research i found this blog. the trip sounds awesome and yes you are lucky to have that land to make that trip. i live in ohio (columbus) as well and was wondering if you know of any other trips around the state. i excited to plan my first trip.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    • Thanks PJ! Bike packing is a great way to combine the two sports. As for trips around Ohio, I would just pick a destination and start scouring over maps to find the best route there. Lonely back roads are a good start IMO. One trip that I would like to like to do in the future would be combining Mohican state parks trail system with the back roads of that area. Good luck with your future trip!

      August 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm

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