Tuesday, August 25, 2009


With a national historic trail nearly running thru our back yard's we have been exploring pieces of the Horseshoe Trail. We have done the section from Warrick thru St. Petes, to French Creek St park, and all the way to route 222 in Berks county. With a plan to ride from vf to mile 50 something, we thought we better explore some parts we have yet to travel.

This trails throws everything at you. Big hills, rocks, mud, gravel, road, technical Single track, it has has it all. Needless to say the traveling is slow at time. My phone was all wet from the humidity and sweat. Usual Suspects enjoying our sunday Eucharist.

This past Sunday we sarted at 8:15 at warrick and road as far east as we could get by 10am. Then we double back. We have yet to explore this piece and it was par for the course. After a short easy spin thru warrick we hit the first obstacle. This is called a "ford" on the map. It was the south branch of French Creek. About 3 feet deep in the middle filled with river stone. While Ben and Chris walked thru the river, I went across the rocks, After this crossing the trail got steep. We were either bombing down or climbing by pushing the bikes, with screaming calf.

Finally with a couple questionable trail marking we hit some farm roads around Birchrunville. So the plan will be to complete the 50 mile section on Sunday 8/30. will let you know how it goes.

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