The following is a true story, only the names have been changed, to protect the guilty.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

....And Then There Were 5

We stared the enduro ride off with ten riders, approximately six hours, and 67 miles later we were down to five. PD was first to drop with a broken derailer hanger, Chuker was next with a preexisting back problem, Neil simply disappeared down on the river bottoms, and B-Swen and K.A. headed for home after riding Battle Creek.
Seven of us completed Terrace Oaks, Lebanon Hills, A chunk of the river bottoms, Salem Hills, Carver Lake and Battle Creek. After battle Creek we headed to St Paul were I had my van and enclosed trailer staged so we didn't have to ride the 17-18 miles of road back to my house. At least half of the day we experienced pissing rain, not the kind that saturates the ground but keeps you nice and cool. The dampness also aids in keeping a steady supply of loose, sandy soil sticking to the drive-train.
It was a great ride with good company, topped off with cheap hamburgers and hot dogs at my house.

getting ready to go

that's not good, right?

mid-way at Salem Hills

Battle Creek

All Done
Thanks for the ride guys!  


  1. It wouldn't be a death ride without 50% attrition.

  2. I missed the turn in the river bottoms at 494. By time I got to Menodata, realizing I'd lost you guys I just continued along to DT St Paul, then back down to BC and Carver. I rode past Salem on the way back south but didn't ride the trail as it was raining pretty good and I knew I had a fair bit of riding left. 76+ miles for the day.

    I plan to head back to the river before the snow flies to scout the "proper" route at 494.


    1. holy crap dude that is an impressive ride, sorry, we didn't notice you were gone until we got out to hwy 13 and 494.