It's been a while since me and my vintage steel Yeti got a healthy dose of single track medicine. Today was bright and sunny but cool, the perfect conditions for a bike ride. I headed out to my favorite trail located in Mochican State Park and departed from the trailhead located along OH S.R. 3
If the above photo is viewed on an ipad or similar device you can zoom in on the map and get a decent look at the park. The trail climbs and descends and skirts ridgetops along the Clear Fork Gorge. I rode a total of about 17 miles. Starting at the far right side of the map on the North side I rode 8 miles of single track then descended down into the valley. I crossed the Clear Fork River on a covered bridge (Located near the cluster of 3 red icons and 2 blue ones near the left edge of the map). I climbed up the south side of the gorge using the paved park road then back to the single track for another 8 miles back towards the trailhead on the South side of the river.
The first or West bound leg starts off with a beat-down 1 1/2 mile climb to the ridgetop. After that the trail becomes a mixed bag of sweet swoopy downhills and lung busting climbs and a few short rock gardens. The leaves are all well on their way but the foliage is not dense yet and beautiful views are plenty from the higher elevations.
As a middle aged mountain biker I'm not as fast as I once was but I feel my off road bike handling skills have developed over the years to their highest state. Today I was spot on hitting every line through root and rock with precision and balance. Any mountain biker knows that off road riding is a crucible of pleasure and pain and the pleasure (downhills) always seem so much shorter. It's really sweet and almost a spiritual experience when your game is on and all goes well on a ride.
I started the ride with 40 psi in my tires but soon let about 10 pounds out improving the ride even more. My bike is a chromoly Yeti from the late 1990's running a 32-20 single speed conversion. My fork is a '05-06 Rock Shox Sid that has given me flawless service. I run about 110-120 psi in it's +/- air chambers. I call it my vintage Yeti complete with old school V-brakes which actually work fine for me.
When in the woods I always take time to admire the plants and wildlife I see on the way. They are varied and plentiful here in North-Central Ohio.
|Where telephone poles come from.|
|Eastern Yeti in it's natural habitat.|
I don't have a computer on the Yeti and don't worry about ride times and statistics when I go trail riding. I simply enjoy the natural beauty around me and that unique symbiosis between me, my machine and the trail.