Photos by MJ Klein
Today, I went on another ride with my friend Michael Turton. We rode the same circuit as we did last time, but this time I had my Nikon with me (it was in the shop last time) and I got some nice photos of the second section of the ride. I also shot some video with the Gopro Helmet Hero but I’ll have to edit that footage later and then update this article with a link.
My first photo stop was on a bridge with this view. Wow!
The people in these first 2 photos will give you an idea of the scale of this landscape. Fantastic forces were at work to create this carved rock.
We stopped at the next bridge for a photo. But what we didn’t know was that others were going to stop here and take photos too.
Only they took photos of us! Several of these women took turns posing with both Michael and I, and sitting on the trike. Apparently, riding a trike is a great way to meet people!
We rode for some distance, but my video ran out before the dog attack, so you won’t get to see me repelling it with a stroke of my fiberglass stick. It came at me, barking and snapping, so I whacked it right on the face. It actually came back but stayed out of arm’s reach. The dog completely ignored Michael but came after the trike.
We got back on the bike trail in this area. It’s a really beautiful bike trail.
MT was riding his daughter’s bike as his was still in-transit from his weekend ride.
We approached the tunnel and there were more females hanging out taking photos. It seemed like Women’s Bike Day or something.
A shot taken as we were entering the tunnel.
Last time, I didn’t get any shots inside the tunnel. I was able to get a few this time. The tunnel is mostly downhill in this direction and a lot of fun to ride. At the other end of the tunnel there was another group of females and there were so many that I had to honk my horn and tell them to move out of the way! I don’t know why people purposefully block the trails, but they often do – just parked right in the middle of the road like they own it. Amazing.
There was another group stopped outside the tunnel and on the bridge that follows the tunnel in this direction. You can see a woman standing on the right. She actually looked up, saw me, and continued standing there. Finally, when she figured out that I would probably hit her, she moved out of the way. Unbelievable.
Further down the bridge we saw something strange. What could it be?
Finally, we’re almost off the bridge and back on the land!
There is some work being done on the trail. This is a good sign that it’s being maintained. So often, things are built and then neglected. Glad to see this isn’t the case with the bike trails.
This guy was torch welding something, but I couldn’t make out what, as we passed by.
The end of the trail is quite colorful.
Sometime I’m going to have to try one of the go-karts!
Finally, we made it back to the bus parking lot from where we started. Michael treated me to a very fine lunch (food blog coming up!) and then we both headed our separate ways.
- Distance: 25.7 KM
- Maximum Speed: 47.1 KPH
- Moving Average: 12.3 KPH
- Total Time: 2:37 hr.
Here is the map on Bike Maps. Please note that at Bike Maps, you can download the route file for Google Earth or your own mapping software.
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