Intrigued by looking at the mountain biking maps on KMBC I just had to give it one more go
Knowing for a fact the only trails I would be (maybe) capable of would be 1B and 1A
1B had been ridden before, at least part of it had, since I missed a critical turn at its start — today I would correct that mistake
Headed south on IL RTE 1 the Dixie Highway
Crossing the North Fork
Rossville, IL has several larger unique old homes
Kickapoo Park Road
At over $5.00 a gallon, mileage is a consideration (and far more expensive in places like California)
Ford Edge doing 30 mpg is pretty good — I’m happy
Considering a trailer for the Ogre, Bill?
Several riders this morning
Didn’t see any of them, they are on the more challenging trails
Leads to trails 1A and 1B
An excellent suggestion!
1B goes that-a-way ——->
So of course the first time I went this-a-way <——–
Got it right this time 😉
Being a complete novice, ALL the time was spent concentrating on the trail, avoiding clipping handlebars on trees, watching for boulders, reverse camber curves alongside ravines, and sticks on the trail — sticks — get to that a little later
Typical scene along a flat part!
Diamond Back is thinking: What did you get me into???
Little red flowers
“If you are leaving ruts its too wet to ride”
Don’t think these were made by bikers
Trail 1B completed it was time to ride 1A
1A proved to be quite challenging — lots of steep up and downs crossing ravines, narrow paths with reverse camber curves alongside deep ravines etc.
Lots of Hike a Bike went on
I’m a lot dummer than I look, but I knew some parts just weren’t rideable
Then . . . . .
One microsecond after I thought — I hope those sticks don’t get caught in a wheel
The rear wheel locks up and we skid to a stop
Examining the situation . . . there may have been a pejorative or two (or more) said
(Actually, just one — I was in a state of semi shock/panic — no other bikers on this path)
Luckily the stick caught parallel to the spokes but was stuck tight, very tight
Managed to break off the upper part jammed against a spoke and that helped release the lower part from chain and derailer
No broken spokes, wheel still true Whew!
This was toward the beginning of 1A — long way to go
At this point I’m beginning to have serious reservations!
Ravine — at times the trail was right at the edge
Finally got a view of a pond
1B that way —–>
HR (Haul Road) and the way back to the trail head <—– that way
Very happy to see that sign
Would I do it again? Maybe
Glad you did it? Yes, otherwise I would always wonder . . .
Use lower gears!!
Gained a better appreciation for mountain bicycles and mountain bikers!
Knowing what to expect, especially on 1A will be an advantage, still, there are parts beyond my scope and ability
For now, paved roads have a whole new level of appreciation and will stay on them
Completely Off Topic (but interesting!)
On the aborted Kickapoo ride day — aborted due to cell phone issues and not being able to communicate with the CEO at the Head Office
I did meet someone at the trail head, who, has to be a modern iteration of our very own Bill Stone
Didn’t get a photo (too shy to ask)
Really nice guy, super full suspension mtn bike, really shreds the trails, and he looked exactly like:
I kid you not!!
Bill, you have a doppelganger from your youth in the Danville area somewhere!