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I am one of 14 folks taking part of the CCC (Cornbread’s Commuter Challenge)
He has been making posts about those who are in the CCC here is mine.
I have cashed in on 1 beer, and it was prob the best beer I had ever had. See pic below, that is the beer. I have not had to pay out yet. It was nice to get a kick in the butt to make sure I ride to work every day rain or shine. Even after labor day I will continue to ride every single day no matter what. It will be quite a neat day to hit the year straight.
Gonna be a hot and sweaty one once again. Figuring we will hit the park again, but you never know. Gonna head down to the wrench after work to see if they have any cheap jersey or jersey like shirt product. Wearing the sweat drenched cotton makes for a long ride.
Iffin you are willing to put up with some grueling time on a bike with some good peeps hit the wrench at 6:30.
Stacey a commentor around here has some vids up on youtube.
This one made me giggle.
She got some vids of her local trails as well.
This would be about 1/2 mile south of 14th street to almost Old Cheney.
Just testing out speeding up video. 4X darn that is one very straight trail. Used to be rail line.
Well a bit over 40 miles. I like to round up. Sat and Sun morning hit the park with the Minks boys. Ran into others out enjoying the park. Good times.
I can follow most of the trail in my head, imagining every twisty turn. But looking at it from above in gmaps was a bit tricky. Zoom in, oh that looks like the trail, zoom out to get a better perspective. I follow the trail pretty good from pioneers to 14th street. Then it seems gmaps gets a bit behind the times. You cannot see any of the trail past 14th street and I cannot seem to find the EP bridge. I put in pictures where I could. Going to work on it a bunch more, but this is a start.
It is public so feel free to edit it all you want.
a little info about wilderness below.
Man where to begin. CVO over at FFL had written up an awesome guide complete with pictures. Unfortunatly it got lost when he switched accounts. i will just cover the basics and give a little advice.
Wilderness consists of 3 types of trails, hiker, biker, and bridal (horse). At certian points trails merge to get around narrow or dangerous parts. All trails are marked at splits with marking poles designating the type of trail.
It is pretty simple though. Hiker is usually on the east side of the salt creek, biker on the west side, and bridal mixed on both sides. Respecting the type of trail is pretty important. I do not want to hit a hiker on the biker side and hikers do not want to get hit by a biker on their side.
Most of the trail is pretty flat. There are a few elevation changes but there is no big hill that is hard to climb. it is very twisty, only a few areas have long straight sections. Some areas have some roots that make it a bit bumpy, but it is not too bad. Very often you will be in the vicinity of a cliff that leads down into the salt creek. In a few areas you are pretty close and a wreck could be pretty bad. Most of those are on the hiker side where bikes should not be anyway. Also many of those areas have paths that avoid the edges, use them. The trail switches from deep into the trees to open fields. There are only a few places where you might hit a tree if you get off the trail, but most is pretty clear. The trail is very hard packed dirt and varied from 8 inches to a couple yards wide and then the trail is grass / weeds on the sides of the trail. In average it is about 18 inches wide. In the open fields the trail gets small and is like a rut, this can make you get squirrly and might cause you to fall since your wheel is caught in the rut. I have gotten out of the groove and fell a few times myself.
All trails are two way on a single track. When biking you must be very aware. Keep the ipod out of your ears and listen, be vocal, announce when coming around the hundred or so blind corners. you never know when another biker hauling ass is headed right for ya around the blind corner on the 8 inch wide dirt path. Using a bell is your best defense. Saves your voice and can be heard from far away. There have been some bad collisions out there, Syd gives some advice. Also some folks will have their kids / dogs out there, you get yahoos who tear through without a care, just keep your eyes open.
The only place you have to cross a street is 14th if you decide to go that far. Past 14th is some darn cool trail that is multi use. When you get to the “EP” bridge on the south side it is pretty much done. The trail south of there is more of a road and is pretty lame and short.
If you are interested in mileage go here. And I have bunches of videos (most youtubes are dead, but there is the full quality video off my web server) and other wilderness news in my wilderness category.
Pastor Steve wondered how cycling inspires me.
well besides my wonderful wife, it is a reason to keep on going. Got one of them desk jobby things. Was a bartender, brewmaster, delivery guy, all active jobs. Kinda put on the weight, tried a gym, not my kinda thing. A good friend was really into cycling, I got a bike and it consumed me, still does.
I often refer to wilderness park as my church, I am so in my perfect environment. My smile goes from ear to ear, even when drenched in sweat and the legs are burning. I can clear my head and think really clearly while maintaing a steady pace. often on night rides I can really get some thinking done. Seeing all of the awesome nature and animals really brings peace to me, we are truely blessed to have such a beautiful planet. I enjoy my lone rides, but also love being in with a big group. The tuesday night monkey wrench rides are a blast. 20-30 bike lovers all having a good time joking around and riding. I am home there.
I like my morning commutes to work as well. I start off rather slow and hit a hill right away. Come to the busy streets and see all those people in their air conditioned coffins, waiting in line, rushing, smoking, just looking unhappy. I can reflect on how lucky I am to have a good job, live close enough to ride, not have to find a parking space, and get the blood flowing. It is only 10 blocks, but it is one of the best parts of waking up.
The freedom of a bike is quite a neat thing. I can go anywhere under my own power, I can fit places other modes of transport can’t. I get to see things that many have not. The state parks and trails around here are great. A new trail is like an adventure, and I am up for it. I take bunches of pictures.
My life is really good, I have almost no stress, healthy and loving relationships with my wife and family. My work is exciting to me, it is not a burdon. i get to communicate with different folks via the internet often, I have made many friends that way. Still riding my bike makes the little things that might bum me out simply disapear. Nothing feels as good as a finishing a long ride, it is an amazing feeling.
As many on the folks from lincoln site often refer to, it truely is a lifestyle, not just a hobby. Most I have met through cycling are severely decent peeps. Hardly any negativity flows from a bunch of folk who are activly getting out and doing some riding. I feel trapped when just sitting around in a house watching TV when I know there is some twisty singletrack dirt right outside my door.
I am sure I am going to continue to keep this lifestyle up, it makes me stronger in more ways than just physical.
Been a while since I had been in the park. Been a while since I hit TNMWCR (tuesday night monkey wrench cycles ride). Been a while since I made a ride vid. Forgot to mute sound, one clip is shown twice, and forgot to format the card.
The park is very overgrown, but in pretty good shape. There were a few new to the park and ride last night. It was actually pretty chill on the speed factor. Counted 23 folks at the last bridge.