There are countless back country roads and gravel routes by where we are camped and we’re doing our best to ride them all! We put on our exploring hats (our helmets), and hit the road.
Our loop the other day was a mixture of gravel and pavement and took us into a little valley through, well, what felt like the middle of nowhere. The ride was 43.5 miles with 3,212′ of climbing. We started by climbing pavement up past Nighthorse Lake and then turned onto gravel and continued to climb up. This was a nice gravel road dotted with country houses and acreage. The last bend down onto pavement had the best view of the day I think, see if you agree. Snowy mountains off in the distance are always so appealing to me.
Back on pavement, we wound around through nothingness before bombing down back onto a gravel road that went through ranchland. Circling back and around we finished by climbing back up to Nighthorse Lake to complete the adventure.
We actually set our alarms! Wanting to ride some singletrack without encountering people required us to get up early. We’ve ridden out at this trail system before a few times and always have fun. It’s nice because all the trails are one way so the chance of encountering someone is small. We rode 17 miles of singletrack with 1,681′ of climbing. These purpose built trails are really fun and have a variety of terrain to keep it interesting. We did pass two people towards the end that we caught up to. They were courteous and pulled over off the trail to let us pass.
Tonight Derek is making fish tacos for dinner…and it’s a beer day. Life is good.