I’ve been out travelling these days; Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville mainly. Dayton, Ft. Wayne, Lexington, Paducah, Muncie, Bowling Green, Bloomington, Terre Haute, Columbus, West Lafayette. I’ve been in bicycle hibernation. Somewhat forced and somewhat desired. My Mosley is stripped down for paint. The Big(ger) Dummy is getting the most action. And I picked up a Trek Stache to keep me occupied. Time crunched and in unfamiliar territory, mountain bike trails and greenlines are the easily spotted places for bikes until I get enough of the bike shop knowledge to find the roads and cuts that you have to scour for on Google Maps.
One of those knowledge trails is in Grand Rivers, KY. The Canal Loop and the North-South Trail don’t show up on Google Maps but they are there, and have been long enough to have some dedicated stewards and features. Time crunched that I am I wasn’t planning on riding very long… so when I got to the point where I was out of water and calculating the distance back vs estimating the time to the next checkpoint, I decided to do the tried and true method: keep going forward. The North-South trails were not exceptionally technical but the elevation was the nice challenge. At 1,000 ft it is about 10 times the elevation change that I rode in Memphis. But after a little more trail, the gravel road was a welcome perpendicular and I opted to climb it out. But because of a wrong turn, I grabbed 7 miles on pavement. But that let me experience the roads and whet my appetite for getting the Mosley out here. With over 30 miles of trails and camping it’s a perfect place to spend some time.
Delve deeper into the ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/864594838