Mud!

Believe it not its actually rained a bit this week, and not just enough to wet the leaves but some actual mud-creating accumulation. With thunderstorms every morning today has been the first day that I’ve been able to get out and hit the trails.

 

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I still hit a series of sun showers, but what the hey, I was under the tree canopy for most of the time..

 

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Geeze – those roots don’t look anywhere as slippery as they really were this morning. I’ll admit, I’m a bit rusty on wet trail riding, and the tire combo and panniers didn’t help. I managed to stay upright for MOST of the time, but I did put her down twice. No damage done.

 

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The Contis are a great pavement/trail transition tire, but mud isn’t their strong suit. They clog up real quick and the compound doesn’t provide a heck of a lot of grip in the wet. Lesson learned. Slow it down and shift my weight back when the trail gets mucky…

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Happy Monday

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A sticky hot morning called for a cool, shady ride through the woods. I never actually count miles when I stray off-road, but I still got in around 90 minutes of saddle time. More than I would have been able to endure if I had stayed on the road I suspect…

One of the odd finds in Chipilly Woods is a large grassy clearing towards the southwest corner that contains this…

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it’s a large, low monument that recognizes the history of “The Dandy First”, a National Guard regiment from the area that (according to the plaque) was the highest decorated unit in the First World War, as well as suffering the highest casualty rate in all the U.S. forces. I can’t speak to why it’s placed in the middle of Chipilly Woods. Perhaps the woods were named after the battle of Chipilly Ridge (see the inscription below), but why here? I’ll do a bit of digging on that one…

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Oh yeah, that large rock that serves as the base? It’s the cornerstone from an Armory that serves Chicago (and The Dandy First) from 1890-1966. Who knew?