halfway.

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On days that I choose a direct route to work, this railroad bridge represents the halfway point in the journey. Looking North (towards home) it’s all pavement – a good stretch of bike path with a short bit of road to get me home. Head South of here and it’s a mix of dirt access roads (courtesy of the Union Pacific) and abandoned rail lines. Quite fitting then that this shot features my Fargo, which does double-duty by switching between these worlds without complaint.

Let’s not dwell on the network of power lines dangling overhead. I really don’t want to think too hard about what if any side effects they may offer. Keep pedaling…..

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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…