Sunday, July 13, 2014

Why does the 1% have 99% of the Single Tracks ? Silver Creek 7/12/2014


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Trail Boss – Brian
Riders        - John

Loop 35 miles , felt like 60 in the heat. It was 80 in the shade on the ridges and 95 in the valleys .

Long Fork of Silver Creek , Bitter Creek , Deadwood Road , Habit Creek , Peace Creek
1st time I rode this loop.


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Long Fork Silver Creek is lush and green. It felt like a more technical single track I’ve ridden so far this year, but it really is about like the NF of Lime Creek . I was in 1st and 2nd gear the whole 15 miles.


After a tight technical section I was rolling through a hair pin turn that had a mud hole with a few roots right after it.
Don’t know what happened but I bonked on the roots , rolled backwards and high sided . I slid down hill almost to the creek but the bike stayed on the trail , upside down but on the trail. I tied the foot peg off to a root and tried to press the bike up on the trail. I couldn’t get a good foothold on the side hill. So I decided to wait for Brain to help me.
After about 30 minutes no Brian,  there must have been a fast section ahead & he was a ways down the trail or maybe he was in trouble his self.
I tied the strap to the rear wheel then dragged the handle bars up hill to where I could get better leverage to lift the bike upright. Just after I got the bike back and was getting all my gear back on Brian rolls up. Turns out he was just about a half mile down the trail.

The next ride I’ll take some better help !

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I also managed to get stuck on the last bit of snow on the trail , that I could of ridden around.

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Top of Bitter Creek descent to the Deadwood river.

Bitter Creek was a gnarly descent, much of it I coasted and paddle through, I wouldn’t want to climb it.


Brian crossing the Deadwood, it was a little deeper than it looked with slick moss covered rocks.
We caught up to three other riders who just crossed. I’ve seen a couple of them on the trails the last couple of years. One of them lives in Cascade riding a Honda 230 with a big ass saw on the back. He said they started a Round Valley taking Web Foot over East Mountain.

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Tranquil Basin from Habit Creek

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                                                                                           Top of Peace Creek

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Peace Creek where the water fall washed out the trail.

The trail crews did a good job repairing.












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Peace Creek Trail Head , if I was thinking I would of soaked in Silver Creek before I got in my street clothes.

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