Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Gravel Riding in Mac

Cronemiller Lake. Can you find the painted rock?

🍁🍂🍁 McDonald Forest is magical in the fall. 🍁🍂🍁 

This was supposed to be an easy day. Oops.
It’s only 15 miles. How hard can it be? 

 I forgot how steep the climb is coming out of Peavy Arboretum. Not sure how I’m gonna do an epic gravel ride if I can’t even climb 2 miles of 10ish percent grade. So legs were toast in the first 2 miles.

Top of the climb. So happy to see the cap house come into view


The start of some sweet downhill

Actually I still felt pretty good at the saddle so rallied on to the top of Dimple Hill. I confess I walked the trail. I’m not a mtn biker and I have never been able to climb single track. Well not the uphill stuff anyway. I did the chicken ride down the trail though. Death grip on the brakes and one foot dangling for any hasty dismounts. Yeah, it wasn’t pretty.

Forest magic

Got back to the saddle and had a flat. 🤬 I’m slow at changing flats. Really slow. Chatted with some horse riders while working on it. First time using my new CO2 nozzle. Couldn’t tell when it was empty. The BOOM when I unscrewed it suggests it wasn’t empty. My first time changing a tire solo while on a ride. It got me back to the car. That’s all I cared about. 

Dimple Hill

❤️💜❤️ I love riding in Mac Forest. ❤️💜❤️ 
I’m counting this as a leg day.
15 miles • 2135 ft. gain


SonjaM said...

Beautiful, Kari. Black Forest looks pretty much the same right now. My mountain bike sits unused in the shed, can't do much of the hill climbing, and for riding the flatlands I got another bicycle. Keep enjoying the ride.

redlegsrides said...

Good on you Kari for being able to take care of flats on your to riding the steep stuff on a mountain bike, I imagine its just as scary while haring downhill on a motorcycle, wondering if the brakes will hold her on the trail.....

Bluekat said...

Thanks Sonja. That's the nice thing about the different seasons, It's a chance to enjoy different landscapes and scenery. :)

Hi Dom, I've practiced changing flats at home, even once on the motorcycle, but this was a first time by myself and had to get myself back to the car. Bicycle or motorcycle, I'm a big chicken on downhills and corners and deep/loose surfaces that pop up to surprise me.

Oddly enough those flat kits they have for motorcycles where you stuff that bit of rubber goo into the hole, They now have that for bicycles that are tubeless. Cracked me up when I first saw it, but now I think tubeless might be the way to go.

RichardM said...

I’ve wondered how folks like the CO2 cartridge instead of a tire pump. I guess it depends on how often you get flats. I’ve had as many as 5 in one day. But that was a bad day...

Bluekat said...

Hi Richard, I'd rather use a pump, but the problem is that I don't have the strength to get a tire up to pressure with the small pumps, so I carry CO2 when riding solo. I have a small frame pump always on my bike, just in case I run out of CO2, but I'd end up riding on under inflated tires. Doable, but makes me nervous miles out in the forest.

As I'm getting older it's getting harder for me to mount/dismount the tires. For that reason I'm considering going tubeless. It's tough to get old. lol