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Just Riding Along… Urban Exploration, with bikes…

Every family vacation, bikes are brought along for the random chance that we can sneak away for some saddle time. That was the case with today, with the four of us that brought our bikes for the trip.

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The ride started with some road riding, that had us bordering the National Lakeshore. After a few miles along the scenic route, we started to climb to the highest point of the area. Once at the top, we found ourselves at a defunct ski resort, wishing we could find a trail to the top of the former slopes. After checking the surrounding area, and not spotting any “No Trespassing” signs, my brother in law and I with our mountain bikes split from the group to follow a worn double track up the side of the mountain. At the top, we were rewarded with this:

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Surly and Trek taking in the view.

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Former ski resort.

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Overlooking a distant lake.

After spending some time at the top, it was evident that no one cares that people are exploring here, due to the random fire pits, graffiti, and empty PBR cans that littered almost every building. This would explain why there were no “No Trespassing” signs. It seems that the owners of the property just do not care.

Not a bad way to spend a couple hours on vacation, exploring with bikes.

Just keep spinning…

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Road bike in my future?

Since the overnight bike camping trip, I have been putting in quite a few miles on the HaroX on all of the local roads here in the Cincy area, and I am starting to think that a road bike would fit the bill a whole lot better than the cargo bike for these type excursions. No way, am I talking about selling the HaroX. I am just starting to realize that putting in a bunch of miles on the cargo bike takes a lot out of you. It is amazing though, climbing on the HaroX, but I feel that I would have fresher legs for more miles at a time on a standard road bike. I guess I should not say a “standard” road bike, I have always fancied a Rivendell. Too bad they are WAY out of my price range. Some of the other bikes that I think would be pretty solid are:

Salsa Casseroll
Trek 520
Surly Pacer/Long Haul Trucker
Older Kona Honky Tonk (1st version if I remember right, powder blue w/down tube shifters)

See a common theme here? Steel. Clearance for wider tires. Mounts for racks and fenders. More upright riding stance. In no way am I looking for a racer type bike on skinny skinny tires. That is not how I get down.

Anyway, just thinking…
And here is a short video I did the other day of my cargo bike:
Link.