Late Christmas in St.Louis with the fam has been really great, I'm dreading the drive home tomorrow but it must be done. I've been able to fit some good biking in between all the eating and beating my Mom and Marni and Sister at Scrabble and rummy. I got out on Monday to rip around Castlewood until dark doing laps up Lone Wolf and Heart Attack Hill.
My favorite part of the trip though was giving my dad his new wheels. Thanks to some craigslist action I was able to score him some new 29er wheels with Chris King hubs and he was very surprised and excited. Now he can roll his OEM rims with cross tires for commuting and real MTB tires for offroad.
After we got his new rims on we hit up the frozen trails at SIUE for a bit. The trails there are super twisty and fun.
Flashy new rims and TwinSix water bottle.
My little brother came along as well. He was sporting my dad's old bike with gears. We still have to get him to come to the dark side and start training from MTBing.
Yesterday my dad, Marni and I headed down to the Berryman trail which I'd been wanting to ride for a while. It started out chilly but warmed up to be a nice day.
The opening climb and creek crossing.
The trail was easy to follow IMO. Stay on the singletrack at trail intersections and look for white or BT blazes.
A little colder and a little bigger and we could go ice climbing! :)
Marni having fun.
Dad ripping around on the leaf covered trail. There were lots of leaves. In fact most of the day was like ridding through piles of leaves that someone raked up and finding all kinds of surprises underneath. I also did some trailwork clearing branches and new deadfall along the way.
Through the trees, up and down all day with no climb ever greater than 300 vertical feet.
Soon the sun was beginning to set and we kept on trucking.
Through the second campsite and back towards the car.
Here is the one picture of me for the day.
I'm going to look up the Ozark Trail as well. If it's bike legal it looks cool.
Follow the white blazes.
Marni and dad wrapping up our 24 mile adventure.
Berryman was fun and I'm looking forward to riding it again in the spring or summer, sans leaves. Tonight I got out on the road a bit post morning rainstorm and ripped around all the hills I could find. My legs are feeling really good and the sea level air is strange. Tomorrow back home and back to my snow bike until camp Lynda.
P.S. I got to ride a 29er. Judgment withheld for now but interesting things are finally underway. Fingers crossed this time!