RR: Tax Free Shopping

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Ride-A-Lot, Dec 23, 2005.

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    I was lucky to have off today and I needed to buy one more gift (a
    digital camera) for my parents. So I though, why not get a ride in too.
    Two birds with one stone - a great ride and tax free shopping. So
    with the singlespeed loaded I head down to Middle Run in Delaware. I
    have never ridden this park alone, but I figured I've done it enough to
    know where I am.

    I start with the always fast Judge Morris trails. Trails were still
    frozen which added to the super flow of the area.

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3187

    I did make one wrong turn and had to back track a bit, but it just adds
    to the mileage anyway. I've never really had any difficulty with this
    section and today was no different. Coming around every corner and into
    a climb with speed. It's nice to hardly peddle the singlespeed up the
    hill. The water bars were awesome today and popping the Niner up on
    them was a blast!

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3192

    Into the corn fields for some more downhill with some nice jumps thrown
    in. The sun was now getting warm, but this part was still frozen and
    fast. I knew it wouldn't last though. Temps were expected to hit 50F
    today and the mucky mess was sure to happen. So I moved even faster to
    get as much riding as I could in. Of course, I had to stop and take
    some pictures. The sky was so clear and the sun was highlighting the
    cornstalks just right.

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3197

    Across the street and into White Clay things didn't fare as well. The
    sun had already starting to bake the loam. It's not a long section of
    field and I new the woods would still be frozen so I braved the muck.

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3199

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3200

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3204

    Do I take the Lenape Loop to the right or left? I go right towards the
    church and end up crashing hard on this downhill covered in ice!

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3207

    This is not a good sign. It's a fun downhill, but not sliding on your
    ass half way down it. I turn around and head up. Now my ride will be
    mostly uphill. No big deal and at least the ice will not be a major
    factor. Even so, I still have to contend with some ice on the downhills
    now and then. Just take it slow, don't make sudden turns, and NEVER hit
    the brakes.

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3209

    Now I come to the shortcut, but it looks very cold, so I continue
    heading up Lenape.

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3210

    I still have to make a creek crossing but at least there are concrete
    stumps to hop across on. On the other side, the climb continues dry and
    ice free.

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3212

    Things flatten out a bit now and I am back with some speed. My head is
    pounding from the climbs and need the break of a good downhill. It's a
    short break that leads me to the bird sanctuary parking lot where I meet
    up with some Delaware Trail Spinners getting ready to head out. I'm
    invited to join, but I've already been out two hours and I still have to
    go shopping, so I point down the Lenape trail and take another nasty
    spill on a 1/4 mile stretch of ice.

    http://www.schnauzers.ws/images/stories/122305/3215

    It's not enough for studded tires but they sure would have helped. I
    cross the creek on slippery rocks and climb the church hill back to the
    car. A nice short ride, but fun none-the-less.

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