South Park Full Loop

One of my first attempts to string all of the known trails that circle Corrigan Drive into a single ride. I’ve always known that this was possible, but could never fathom the best way to do it. The issue is the monstrous “Lost Springs” climb, which toward the end of a ride seems terribly daunting. So the answer is to do it backwards! Come up the back side of the kill, that I would normally descend. And do it early in the ride, this time, I did it first. Worked out pretty well!

Left to try is to add in the grueling trail that connects the Fair Grounds to the Montour Trail section, and make it all one fluid ride from my house to the South Park loops.  Also, need to figure out a way to the BMX track via back trails.  I haven’t found that yet.

2700 Calories burned, 10.5 miles, 1 OTB (yea baby!), 1 hellacious leg cramp (I got better)

GPSies - 08/08/2010 South Park Full LoopClick to see the full track

Also, since there are no accompanying pictures. Here are some macro shots I took at the zoo recently.

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Mechanical Woes – Front Crank

Swapping out a (junk) from crankset off of the Hardrock.  Was originally a Shimano FC-M191 (24/34/42).   Suprisingly difficult to get a hold of .  Ordered it off of bikeparts.com, and it turned out they were sold out.  So they (no charge) upgraded me to a better front crank (click for link).

But the geometry doesn’t seem to line up, or I’m doing something wrong.  Specifically the front derailleur doesn’t seem to have enough travel to shift to the outermost ring, even if I crank its limit all the way out.  Does the front derailleur have to match the “parts group” of the front crank?  Anyone know?

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Shimano FCM-191, polished

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How come no one rides Mingo?

How come no one rides Mingo Creek?

It’s a great little park with single track and creek crossings and wildlife and open glades of tall grass.  Some of the singletrack is more “single” them any I’ve ever ridden.  At times your running over a foot path through the tall grass, then once it hits the woods it widens into a nice windy singletrack cut through the trees.  There’s obviously horse traffic (funny colored dirt).

Beware if you go though.  Make sure you take a look at my elevation chart.  The climbs are grueling.  Mingo is much more hilly then South Park.  South Park has some good climbs (the wave pool, the buffalo pen) but they’re cake walk compared to some of the climbs in mingo.  BUT, the good part of a tough climbs is that there is usually a fast descent afterward, which Mingo delivers.

Because of the difficulty of some of the climbs, I didn’t hit my 15 mile target.  I do believe I am becoming a light weight.  I intended to do the entire outer horse ring (13 miles) and ended up cutting most of it off, and only ended up with 10 miles total.  The trail is that damn tough.

And surprisingly, the entire park was packed, but I encountered not one person using the trails.  Which is a real shame, because I love taking pictures of people’s dogs on the trails.

And, oh my! From the look of this GPS track I strayed outside of the park a little. I hope whoever owns the land I was riding is OK with me riding it again in the future, because I’m totally gonna do it.

“It never really gets easier — you just go faster.” -Lance

“Whoever has tamed oneself will find delight in the forest” – The Dhammapada

Stats: 10 miles, 2600 calories, 1 OTB (over the bar)

GPSies - 05/30/2010 - Mingo Creek Park RideSee the full GPS entry for this ride here

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Little single track that loops through the woods, but what you often see in Mingo is a steep drop off on one side of it.  You want to ride aggressive in this park, but often times there really is no room of error.

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Long glade of tall grass and you can barely see the path that cuts through it.

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View from the observatory.

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This is a deep wooded gorge.  Unfortunately the picture flattens it, and you don’t get a sense of the tumble you’ll take if you fall into it.

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Mingo Creek


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Back in the saddle – 4/30 – 7.5 miles.

Ridden a few times this summer, but this was the first serious ride where I did some of the aggressive (lol) climbs and fast descents. Found a new path down from the wave pool over to the buffalo pen. Despite my best efforts, I did not wipe out at all.  Still waiting for that first bone crushing wreck of the season.  Knock on wood, but the Gary Fisher is almost a year old, has taken some serious abuse and has laughed at everything I throw at it.  So hooray for superior construction!

Statistics: 7.5 miles, 1800 calories, 0 times over the bars

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