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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Gerken, Jan 1, 2020.
Hi, I have uploaded the tracks to my Zumo. In the past I have always used my Garmin 67.
When I look at the tracks which ones are the dirt options?
Thanks for the tracks!
I have one optional Day 1 track on a one mile long road that has very little gravel. That track is red color and named "HeroRoughRoadOption". Day 2 has an Iowa Level B road for about one mile that the main track goes through. You will know right away if it is something you are not up for and that has a go around green track named "RuggedRoadBypassIA". Unless it has rained heavily the night before the Iowa road on Day 2 is a good time and not overly difficult. The same can be said of the Day 1 optional hero rough road although it is not maintained at all (hasn't been for 10 maybe 15 years) and has numerous ruts from trucks and ATV's. Water tends to collect in these ruts and add the fact it is low in a hillside, seepage from surrounding fields keeps the high clay content (read...slick and sticky) moist. If you have aggressive tires, high fenders and confident skills, no sweat. Beyond that there is no true dirt. These are all public roads. Hope this helps.
So no true dirt but some of these roads are gravel?
The gps routes you shared are the aspalt ones too?
No true dirt is correct. All the tracks are a mixture of paved and gravel roads. I am estimating that Day 1 has around 65% gravel and Day 2 about 40% gravel, the remainder both days is various grades of pavement.
What is the lawless option?
Seeing this is a public forum and all I was hoping to explain that one on one but I will do my best statute dance here. There is a classic architectural example of Apple River fording that would result in dry tires at Welsh Hollow. This structure perhaps contains some signage at both ends as well as a few oddly spaced, heavily anchored units of ferrous material discouraging utilization of said constructed wonderment. Should you decide to take that track, as far as I know, you admired, photographed, under your helmet said "Cool!" and made your way back to the main track the way you came. I am a busy man so I doubt I can allot a schedule slot to testify on your behalf should you chose to do otherwise in the highly unlikely and extremely improbable event you get pinched. But it is cool. Nuff' said.
Gerken, Gerken, Gerken! Thank you so much again for all your efforts putting this event together. Scouting the roads, putting together the tracks and handling the rescheduling of it all while COVID is going on. Your efforts are never unappreciated! Can't wait to see everyone again this year. This is one of the events I wait for all year long.
Everyone wants to leave a legacy when he passes . . . I am proud that Bomber Bottles seems to be mine, and I get to see it while I'm still here!
I assumed it's a stretch where you have to carry Xena the Warrior Princess as a passenger, while weaving between Trojan armies and mythical monsters.
Now that would be the definition of cool!
Alright, i am definitely in!
I’ve screen captured the Basecamp views of each track, and saved the captures in a Word doc.
you won’t be able to navigate the tracks using these sheets, but they might come in handy for a GPS newb in understanding which track goes where ... pm me with your email addy and I’ll send the file to you.
Well, it looks like I won't be able to make this ride.
Someone snag me some of those nifty stickers I have been hearing about.
Have a great ride!!
do not like!
Just to confirm if we have a couple hammocks and maybe a tent (3 people) we don’t need to reserve camping?
Someday I really want to get up there and do this ride. Looks like a lot of fun.
I would imagine you’ll be fine. I rode through the campground and it was pretty big.