Rain fell until yesterday mid morning. Dan from Canada had been in contact w/ me while I was here. Yesterday we rode together out near Telemark resort. Esker, Danky Dank, and Treasure cove out and back. The tread is sandstone / sand which water soaks thru quickly. Well built sustainable trails playing the topography. Some bermed corners, a few mud puddles, tread sprinkled w/ fall fallen leaves. Still enough leaves still attached to create dense shade. Cloud cover blocked the sun. We parked at the N end of Esker then rode to the southern start. Just after we got on single track a bog boardwalk spanned a swamp. A slight turn to the left part way along spilled Dan as the boards were surface finish and vey slippery. I watched him slide out. He landed in a bog slopping up his clothes and gloves, he missed hitting the boards landing in the soft stuff. He needed dry gloves so we rode back to our cars then returned. We walked the board. I was able to stop before the corner, my locked rear wheel put down a skid track thru the slime. Dan is 51, I’m 67. I can pedal prolly pretty good for my age. Dan is in good shape. He prolly rode at the same effort level for his age as I did mine. He being younger he was faster. I pushed to stay with him. My HR data was 154 max and average 131 bpm with 132 being my threshold. A fun slightly tech trail made more interesting by slippery stuff. 23.19 miles in2 hrs 58 mins climbing 2126′. The trails are pedal trails, short ups and downs, lots of arounds. I rode some of what Shrimper built.
I drove back to Steve’s. Tools were in the yard and doors were left open w/ nobody around. Situation to me indicated an emergency leave. I put the stuff away and shut doors then called Steve to tell him I took care of things in case he just needed to come back. He said thanks and he would be coming back to work.
I stopped at Mic and Beth’s at 9AM for them to show me their van. Pretty cool: a Dodge Tradesman and WInnie conversion. Lots of good stuff inside.
Today was laundry in the Cable laundromat. I walked over to the Chequamegon race head quarters seeking a past poster for the race. Dave texted me the poster which captured his wife, Rebecca, head to head with Sue Haywood. The woman found a poster and gave it to me.
Fog burned away revealing low clouds with scattered breaks. Forecast said so. I drove down to Seely and up to the pass to ride the trail heading N. The trail has a green difficulty. I was seeking a less demanding trail to recover from yesterday’s hard ride. The smooth tread made it green as it still had hte ups and downs and arounds. It crossed the Birke trail
14.34 miles in just under 2 hours out and back. I stopped at the turn around point other wise I rode non stop. GPS reported 1385′ climbing.
Clouds cleared off when I returned to the parking area.
Dinner at The Eatery.
Tomorrow I will ride here then drive to Marquette for the weekend and Monday.
Phil, I should be your house say Wed to ride before the festival.
The Snap fitness here in Hayward requires and additional membership card to get a shower, an extra $5 per month. First ever.
I have noticed many roadside taverns up here but no churches. In the SE the opposite.