My Summer Vacation

Most days I search for something to write about. Not today. I have so much content that I can’t put it on just one post. I’ll talk about the weekend today but just to let you know I have my new Trek Farley 9.8 in a box in my office and thats a IMG_0498post for maybe tomorrow.

The weekend in Marquette was great. Awesome weather and some pretty good bike riding.

The campsite was nice and only 100 yards from the north trails. Its the only campsite in town so anyone who has been up here knows it. After an uneventful drive up I got into town just before noon and of course did my drive thru to see everything again. No ships in dock at that time. A run thru Presque Island Park and downtown then over to the site. I was set up in 10 minutes and ready to ride in 15.

After setup I headed for the South trails first and pretty much took the lead from a guy who was there way more than I. And that was kinda a mistake as he put us on the red trail backwards for some reason.

So we spent the better part of our first 3 hour ride climbing up the famous bermed switchbacks. I knew I had a limited number of climbing feet in me this weekend and 75% of that was wasted going up the down trails. But it was a good overall bike ride Friday. It felt good to ride a trail that I did not know completely.

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Harborfest

After eating dinner and hanging out at Harborfest watching a crappy cover band we decided that tomorrow we will do the same red loop but in the normal direction.

And that meant climbing what is know as Bensons Grade. I figured I would just climb the grade first to get most of the elevation over with. Then whoop it up the rest of the way around the red loop.

Due to the huge traction of the Farley I was able to granny gear it all the way to the top without stopping. A pretty good achievement for a old fat guy. And not easy. I spent the first five minutes just holding back and that allowed me to spend more near the top. For me it was a victory at 13 minutes and some change.

Once on top we hit the red trail as it’s intended to be. And it was not long before I could feel yesterday’s effort. Along with that first climb today. It was evident that I did not have much more in me and I struggled even tho we were going downhill for the most part. About an hour in the ride I was wasted and I knew I had to pull the plug early to save riding tomorrow. So I did. An hour and a half Saturday was all I could do on those trails. A far cry for the 3 hours the day before but pretty much the result of those 3. And oddly besides having no legs whatsoever I got a bit saddle sore. Not sure why. So all in all I was a mess Saturday. I needed to pull the plug and I did. But I gatta say the trails were way more fun going the correct direction.

After getting back to the camp I cleaned up and headed to town for lunch. While the others rode I headed back to Presque Island Park and tooled around a bit. Tons of kids jumping off the blackrocks. If you’re a kid (or older) in Marquette its what you do. Mostly college kids finding something to do.

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And then I got to see a ship come in. One I have not seen before. Not a real ship but a tug with a attached barge coming in with coal for the power plant.

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The James L Kuber. Coming in. Seagull fotobomb.

Another nice dinner in town and for the last ride Sunday it was the north trails which were basically out the camps driveway. After using about 2 bucks worth of shammy cream ( 2 bucks well spent) we headed out the north and I immediately felt better. I could tell it was going to be a good ride and it was. I remember a lot of these trails from winter and it was nice to do them in summer again too. I love the north side. More than the south trails. The way they meander along the river with scenic vistas around every corner. I have way more fun here because this is the kind if MTBing I like to do now. Its not about how fast you can go but where you are. I think the other guys got a little frustrated with my speed but eventually I just told them to go and I rode with my head on a swivel. Which is not easy to do there as there are still some technical stuff to ride on.

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While the other guys were off racing I stopped quite a bit for stuff like this. I would love to spend a day here just riding a 30 mile out and back. Bring lunch. Have a picnic. This is the type of MTBing I will try and do. Hit the woods, see the sights. Go slow(er).

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The Farley was the bike for me here. Not the fastest but very forgiving in the tech stuff. I will pretty much ride fatbikes full time from now on. I would have like the Stache this weekend too. 29+ would have been great here. Still a wide enough wheel for tons of traction and tall to roll over the stuff. As far as not experiencing the drop post? No biggie as I don’t belong on any trail that needs a dropper post. Im too old for that stuff anyway,

All in all a great weekend. Some great riding in a cool town. Im already working on a weekend to come back before winter, and then to come back in winter. The three days away from the store was just what I needed too and I knew that by the end of the first day. I didn’t even call in Saturday or Sunday and that felt great.

I could type many a page on this weekend but I have a carbon fatbike sitting in a box right in front of me. Lots of pictures soon.

DLD

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