Back at it.

First real ride of the year. Couldn’t quite get the same distance I was at the end of the season last year.  Picking up 10lbs (or so) doesn’t help…

GPSies - South Park half loop - 05/14/2011 (Duration: 02:05:31)See and download the entire track to your GPS

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South Park SUPER LOOP, with added Model Airplane Section!

Full loop of South Park (as I know it), with an added section to run up and back down the hill that contains the model airplane landing strip.

Fall foliage color changes are in full swing in South Park, and the surfaces are a little slippery as the leaves retain some of the moisture.  It also traps a lot of the water in places that normally gather water, so mud pits stay muddier longer.  Also, 45 to 55 degrees is perfect riding weather.  You warm up just enough that you never sweat heavy.

Until DISASTER STRIKES!!!  What’s that regular clinking sound?  Oh only a few broken spokes on the rear wheel.  Nothing to worry about, right?

12 miles — 2700 Calories — 0 OTB


GPSies - South Park Full Loop w/ Airstrip Section10/10/10Click here to download this GPS Track



Covered Trailhead


Run Away!


Riding into the morning sun.


Tough Climb To The Airstrip


Someone wants to play



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Why don’t more people ride Mingo?

I think I’ve said this before, but I can’t fathom why more people don’t ride Mingo Creek Park, in Washington PA.  I realize it doesn’t have the mileage of Bavington or LOL LOG PILES!!1 of North Park. What you’ve got is a ride through several different sets of conditions.  Each one is a little but more fun then the one you’ve just cut across.

You’ve got grueling steep climbs up unforgiving rocky horse paths.  You’ve got fast and loop descents with plenty of roots to put you on your ass.  I’ve got hidden single track through overgrown glades of tall grass.

You encounter groomed trails, overgrown single trail, soft surface pine groves, surprise mud bogs and creek crossings.  Each time I ride this park I end up liking it just a little bit more.
7.75 miles — 0 otb — 2000 calories

GPSies - Mingo Creek 09/05/2010See the full track statistics here



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Two rides, 8/29/10 and 8/30/10, South Park loops

Chain failed on the first climb of Sunday, and I never got to complete my full loops!

2700 calories – 0 OTB – 10 miles
GPSies - South Park, Disaster loop -- 08/29/2010full track here

Ride tonight to make up for the lost milage on Sunday!

1200 calories – 0 otb – 6.5 miles

GPSies - 08/31/2010 - South Park Half LoopFull Track Here

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