Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Road Trippin Version 2.1

Damn, well the riding was so good down in Spokane and Liberty Lake last weekend, decided we should go hit it up again.  Road trip.

First up, dropped in off the High-drive onto the South Bluff Trails.  These trails feature sidehill riding galore!  They are fast.  There can be some rocky sections.  The Latah Creek (also heard it referred to as Hangman's Creek which I like better) is always roaring below you.  This is some of my all time favorite riding in Spokane.  If you don't like riding somewhat exposed sidehills, you might not enjoy some of them as much.  Here is an article that was written about them a few years back, by someone much more articulate than I.  Also, check out his map.  It is not the best map for navigating, but then again, navigating these trails is somewhat of a challenge since none of them are marked.  So, go with a sense of adventure, use the map as a general reference point and just ride.  It is pretty hard to get lost.

I like to start at 14th Street Parking lot.  One word of caution, these trails can be extremely popular on a nice day.  What for walkers...and their dogs.

this is one of the many long sidehill sections of trail
shall we call this urban art?

more wildlife
Day #2 of riding was to feature more of the trails at the Saltese Uplands...which I wrote about in the previous post.  However, the weather had other ideas.  Namely pounding rain, and some hail.  I quickly lost my motivation to ride, so we visited some local watering holes and played some games.

Last word, I haven't hit Riverside State Park yet this year.  But you should definitely add it to your early season riding list when down in Spokane as well.  Lots of options, don't let excuses get in the way.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Road Trip Time

Needless to say this last winter was kinda long.  And, well, Spring has been pretty wet and cold thus far.  Windows for riding have been short and far between.  Our local trails have been slow to melt and dry out.  So, making the annual pilgrimage South or West in search of dirt was in order.

First dirt ride of season was at Beacon Hill last the one before this last one...yes, I am slow at getting this info out to you.  Anyways, Beacon was in great shape.  Dry.  Loamy.  It felt fantastic to catch some sun and not be riding on snow, ice or mud.

can't believe i have never noticed this before

wildlife sighting...fatty
forts in the forest

So, as you can see from them pics, the trails were pretty sweet.  After working out the kinks at Beacon, it was on to the Saltese Upland Trails in Liberty Lake for day #2 of road trip.

Besides for a couple mud pits, the trails were in great shape and riding fast.  I should clarify, the trails were fast, but I was not.  There is some science going on with the trails at Saltese.  I won't bore you with the specifics, but basically the soil has a high amount of clay content.  The clay mixes with water from the Winter and Spring to form a very hard packed surface, kinda like concrete.  Except you are not riding on concrete, you are riding on dirt.  But it is fast like concrete, even though you are really riding on dirt.  Make sense?

pretty flowers
lake is full
In conclusion, you should load up your bike and hit up one or both of these rides.  Soon enough, our trails will be ready to ride, and you will have all summer to hit them.