Another trail down on the list, I finally made it back to Mitchell Memorial after around 4 years of not being there. When I first rode it, it was only a 3.9 mile loop that was interesting, but definitely not worth the 40 minute drive. My how 4 years can change a trail…
My friend Eric and I started out on the “A” loop, which is the part of the trail that I remembered. Very flowy, tight, well groomed single track is what awaits you with the “A” trail, but at 3.9 miles it leaves you wanting more. That is where the “B” trail comes in. At just a little over 4 miles, this section of the trail was quite impressive, and still relatively new. The trail splits into an upper and lower section, that still connects, so we started on the higher road.
The upper section was a little bit of climbing, but overall nothing too impressive. Once we started to head down the hill however, things got a little interesting. Rocks were everywhere on the lower trail. And by rocks, I am not talking gravel, but huge sections of pizza box sized boulders that make this trail absolutely amazing. Lots of off-camber rocky sections that you would normally not find in Ohio, that keep you on your toes. It was an absolute pleasure to ride a trail like this again. Well done CORA for putting this one together!
The sun dropped a little quicker than we had anticipated this evening, so we pushed the pace a bit to make it back to the car before it was completely dark. Well worth the ride, and even worth the drive from the eastside of the Cincinnati region. I highly recommend this trail!
Just keep spinning…
Last week I spent some time in the Dayton area with my brother in law to hit up a couple different trails. This was the first time that I have been on singletrack in about a year, and thankfully my bro-in-law had an extra bike. First up for us was MoMBA. This is a very interesting trail that winds, twists and turns all over 100 acres or so. Very smooth, very twisty, and very enjoyable. One surprising section called the Hawk’s Lair was very uncharacteristic for Ohio, with lots and lots of rocks. At times it felt you were somewhere else. Very nice to have something a little more technical than usual. We hit every inch of trail, with the exception of the Upper Stealth, which we were okay with not riding it. All in all, around 50 minutes of riding time, around 6 or 7 miles total.
My grade for the trail: B-
Don’t get me wrong, it is a great trail. But is it worth driving to? Not really. Maybe it’s worth it if you ride MoMBA and the next trail…
After MoMBA, we drove the 20 minute drive to Yellow Springs to ride the John Bryan Singletrack. This trail is very smooth. Smooth as in you could probably get away with riding a road bike on it as long as you pick the right lines. Very little elevation change, and twisty and tight. We rode the entire loop which came in at almost 11 miles and around an hour of riding time.
My grade for John Bryan: B-
Another great trail for the area, but not really worth a long drive.
So these two trails get a B-, but when combined together, it makes a great day of riding, and that deserves an A+.
On Wednesday, I set out on my first bike camping trip. My plan was to ride from here in the Milf, up to John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs along the Little Miami bike path. Just a basic bike path overnighter. I finally today mapped it out on the website Map My Ride, Click to see the route. Overall it was a great experience. Lots of miles, thunderstorms, friendly people, beautiful surroundings, etc. Such a great learning experience. Hopefully this is the first of many. Here are a few pictures from the trip, I didn’t take too many, forgot that I had the new camera with me…
So what did I learn from the trip?
1. Putting in this many miles for me was very humbling. My knees are a little tender as I write this.
2. Always practice setting up your gear at home before you leave, that makes setting up camp in a thunderstorm a little easier.
3. Recumbent bicycles are everywhere, and they are a little creepy.
4. People love the Xtracycle. Even if they do not understand what it is. I should get paid for how much talking about my HaroX that I did. Lots of people wanted to stop and chat to try to understand just exactly what was going on with my bike.
Cant wait to head out on trip number 2!
Every holiday, or any event for that matter, that my brother in law and I are together, we always try to squeeze in a mountain bike ride. This year for Thanksgiving, we were in Maryland. Our family had rented a cabin to celebrate Thanksgiving, so bikes were brought in just for the occasion.
We were around a mile away from Deep Creek Lake State Park, so we bundled up for the cold weather, and headed out to explore. Once at the trail kiosk, nothing stated that bikes were not allowed, so we figured out our path and headed up the road. Temps were in the low to mid 20s, very chilly, my crotch actually went numb at one point, but the trails were very impressive. After a little road jaunt, we found our fireroad climb to make it to the fire tower. Elevation change was around 500ft for the 2.5 mile climb. Once at the tower we hit another double track that had an interesting railroad tie section, that in the summer would have been awesome, but with a layer of ice was quite tricky. After that trail, came the single track, and I must say it was rocky! I have not seen rocks like that in a very long time. Piles and piles of rocks in the trail. Very cool. Made me work on some slow motion technical riding. Combine the piles of rocks with a layer of ice and leaves, and things can get real interesting. Only one spill for me, which resulted a baseball size bruise on my thigh. Such a great trip, around 10 miles total. Rides like this make me want to be out on my bike every chance I get!