Something different for the Fourth
For something different today, we got up early and headed north on the Frisco Highline Trail. We hit the trailhead by 6:20, and were surprised by the number of cars already there. We would soon learn that we would not have exclusive use of the trail!
As we head north, the first eight miles are smooth sailing, as the trail is paved and has a slight downhill grade. It didn’t take long before we were passing through Willard, and a constant stream of walkers and cyclists.
About two miles north of Willard, the paved portion of the trail ends and the gravel begins. As far as gravel goes, it’s in fairly decent shape most places, but there are a couple of sections that are pretty chewed up by horses’ hoofs and make for some difficult riding. Luckily, those sections are fairly short.
I will admit, though that riding the gravel isn’t my most favorite thing to do. I was on my Surly, which would probably handle it a little better with fatter tires, but since that’s what I had, it worked.
This was Pam’s first real chance to get her new bike out, and we had to stop once to tweak the saddle for her. She looked good all decked out in gloves, helmet, shirt, and water bottle to match the green stripes on the bike, although you can’t tell it from the picture.
We rode as far as Walnut Grove, which is the 16 mile point, then turned back.
When we got to the softest portion of the trail, we jumped out on the highway to avoid it, and decided that riding on the road felt so good we would just stay there! At that point, we were just a couple of miles from the paved portion, so we didn’t cheat too much.
We saw this guy crossing the trail as we neared the truck. I wanted to stop and examine it closely, but for some reason, I couldn’t get Pam to stick around. I couldn’t figure out why…
As we approached the truck, Pam decided she had enough in her legs to turn around and ride back toward Willard for four miles so we could finish with an even 40 miles.
It was a fun way to start the day, although it was starting to get kind of warm by the time we finished. Hope your fourth was fun as well!
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