Friday, May 31, 2013

Pend Oreille ORV

This time of year is a good time to travel a little West for some open trails.  While we sit here and wait for the snow and ice to melt of our high alpine trails, a couple hours West and/or South will get you to trails already primed and in awesome shape.  Many trails have also already been cut out.

Case in point, Pend Oreille ORV by Ione.  Been riding here for last 3-4 years.  Trees are often taken care of by those other 2 wheeled riders.  Snow melts off sooner than here.  There are some big trail loops.  Terrain is some of my favorite as it is quick to get up to high elevations.  You will find lots of rocks, several creek crossings, many small lakes and few other people on the trails themselves (most seem to all stay lower).  Get a map.  Not the ORV map.  A real map (ie the Colville FS map).

While there are some tamer trails, for the most part the riding here is technical.  Long climbs, with short steep pitches are normal.  Dowhills are equally as fun.  Did I mention there are rocks?  You know I love rocks.  Remember you are literally out in the middle of nowhere though, with no real town in sight.  Plan accordingly, don't just take your girlfriend riding here for her first time.

Pretty, huh?  One of these rides with capped off with some elk steaks on the bbq and a few hop sodas.  Damn, doesn't get much better.  Ride ur bike.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bernard Peak is...

A few weeks back, I attempted to summit Bernard.  I succeeded, but there were challenges.  Namely 20+ trees.  That is typical for this time of year up there.  The powers that be always seem to be a little slow in getting trees cleared.  Often times, the trail is cleared by trail users.  I assume the trees are still there today.

The second obstacle was snow...and quite a bit of it.  It was a hike, then ride, then hike, then hurdle your bike over a tree type of day.  I will say that all the snow on the trail is gone today.

There was also a mechanical.  Oh, and then there was blood.  And then another mechanical.  Although, not really "another" mechanical, as the second one was related to the first.  Whatever.  It was a fun day.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

2013 Classic/Unique Bike Show

Show off your bike or go browse the collection of others...all while surrounded by the thrill of Lost in the 50s.  Hopefully weather holds.  Dets...

9-11am - Bike drop off and registration
12-4pm - Show/voting (free and open to public)
4:30 - Winners and awards
4:30-5:30 - Bike pick up

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2013 Sandpoint Bike Week

Sandpoint has a Bike Week.  6 years strong.  Something for everyone.  See you there.

Monday, May 6, 2013

More at Syringa...Trails that is

So, if you have been up to Syringa lately...and if you are like me and been drooling to get on any trail that is open...then I'm sure you have.  You may have noticed a few new trails.  Nothing super long, but some very nice additions that link some existing trails together and rid some hike a bike sections.  More riding equals, more happiness.

Now these trails don't appear because of gnomes working through the night.  They are the work of the Pend Oreille Pedalers.  Join in or at least consider becoming a member.  Here are some pics...

saweet moss covered rocks!