|Homestead trail head|
|But I don't want to ride up that!|
|Top of Extendo|
Some thoughts from the trail:
I was able to get up to a reasonable speed, which gave me the momentum and stability to get through the rougher stuff. Hit a root quick and roll on over, and if I do slip...it goes fast and I get traction again, that much faster. Much better than moving slowly. In my head I know this to be true, but it's hard to get past the fear.
The bigness of the bike and limited standover was not a problem on the trail. Going from a small 26er to a 29er feels strange (and big) at first, even on smooth bike path. I was worried it would feel big and awkward on the trail, but it was a non-issue. This bike feels so much more stable and solid than my little Rockhopper. I have noticed when I walk the 29er, it's big. Like a bull in a China shop, it seems to bump into everything, but when riding it's all smooth and graceful.
Calloway & Bonzai
While on Extendo we got a call from Wally and Linda who can join us in an hour for a ride. We agree to meet at Peavy Arboretum for a ride on Calloway trail. Many of these trails will be closed to Mtn. bikes for the winter, so it's a good time to get in one last ride for the year.
We ride up Calloway to Cronemiller Lake, taking the short route. I manage to ride to the top without stopping. I don't think I've done that before. Definitely out of breath, but I made it. I can't decide if it's a little easier to climb with the big wheels, but I think maybe it is.
|Ron, Linda and Wally|
|Road to Bonzai. Not sure why I didn't get a picture of the trail.|