Exploring Wisconsins Black River Forest
Wow, My second ride report today!
I organized a gravel backroads tour and we went out and did that yesterday.
At the end of the day while riding a trail I slid into a rock and crushed my foot and lower leg between the rock and the bike. That hurt like HELL! I was sure I screwed something up. My plan for today was to go out mountain biking but my leg was pretty sore and you kinda need that biking, so I though I'd go for a ride on the XR instead.
Hmmm, where to go? I've pretty much ridden out all the gravel in the area while scouting for my ride, so I decided to go north towards Black River Falls.
After Enduraid in June I rode through here and stopped and checked out the river a bit, I thought it was pretty cool looking so why not try to find some interesting roads near it.
Here is a pic of the Black River
Cool right? Well I took a look at the map and figured I'd ride some back roads up to the town of Melrose and try to ride some of the river roads.
I had to pass a tittie bar on the way there, almost stopped my ride there, but I pressed on!
Found a nice little canoe landing
A pretty neat bridge over a stream
Found a cool little section of singletrack at the landing and rode that a little ways but it started to get a little overgrown and I knew I was kinda doing something wrong, so I turned around headed on my way
Your too ambicious. Mountain bike, eh? I used to race those and road bikes. Now I'm fat and lazy and need a motor.
I'd like to ride the trails of Black River Falls someday. If anyone else is up for that, let me know.
North I go on some nice straight gravel road
I rode into Black River Falls and headed south towards Brockway, then took a road I knew towards Castle Mound, a place I go sometimes for Rock Climbing. along the wat I noticed a trail below some power lines and decided to check that out.
That seemed to end about a mile in so I truned around and headed back. This was a pretty fun little trail, some bumps and sand pits to keep me on my toes.
I headed north towards Wazee lake, the deepest inland lake in Wisconsin at 300+ feet deep. Its and old Iron mine that filled up with water and is now a county park and a very popular scuba diving spot. I decided not to pay to get into the park and turned around and kept exploring. At an intersection I noticed the road ahead of me wasn't on my GPS...
Fun, Fast doubletrack!
After an intersection, the dirt road I was on turned into a wide sand road with big tire ruts. The road was actually really dry on top so the ruts were real hard, but had sand at the bottom. Made for some tough riding in spots.
I'd be cruising along at a good pace and I'd come into one of these rutted sections and things would get hairy. It hard to ride in truck ruts!
I noticed another set of bike tracks, not sure how old they were though. I came over a little rise at one point and saw a big mud hole that kinda looked dried up but I noticed the other tire tracks swerved around it. I was going a little too fast to react so I went across it. I started slowly sinking, just barely making the other side.
That isn't the mud hole I went across, just another along the way.
I really didn't want to get in over my head since nobody knew where I was and I was alone. The sandy trail was a handful but I decided to keep pressing on. I was hoping that things didn't get any worse.
Fun fun fun!!
Oh, heres the reason the roads were so shitty, logging operations.
Phew, back on doubletrack! Enough of that sand crap
Hell, I'm near a frickin' interstate, the adventures gonna be over soon.
Well, maybe the adventure isn't over. I noticed a rocky little trail along the railroad tracks. There was a no tresspassing sign to my left but nothing to the right..this might be worth checking out. I actually saw the other end of this earlier in my ride so what the hell.
I rode this for about 3.5 miles and the trail started to get a little worse so I decided to cross the tracks here.
This lead me to a highway
Back on the highway..adventures over.
or maybe not.
These trails were all over the place! No signage, just trails. awesome.
Well, back on pavement. At least its narrow and twisty
Holy crap! another trail...here we go
These roads reminded me alot of the stuff I rode up in the U.P. a month ago. I really had trouble in the sand in the U.P.,so it was kinda fun to get back into some sand and try some different techniques.
Its starting to get late, time to think about heading home. I found a road on the GPS and headed for it.
I don't think I better trespass on these guys land. I can't believe my own uncle sam doesn't want me to visit. Oh well.
I rerouted and got on my way home. I had to avoid the temptation of riding sweeet looking trails along the way. I ended up with about 145 miles round trip. I didn't know I could have so much fun this close to home! I saw about a dozen deer, many turkeys, one cop, and luckily no rangers.
A damn fine afternoons ride.http://rokklym.smugmug.com/photos/32196496-M.jpg
What better motivation than getting a new bike?
It fun as hell but the motor isn't worth a shit!
HA!! Luxury! :lol3
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