Great Northern Weekend

I dont know where to start. It ended up with 4 of us up enjoying the Hayward\Seeley\Cable area. A couple of us got there around noon on Friday, the others not until later in the day. So the first ride was Friday afternoon for us.  Starting from OO we headed out on Makwa. The trails were in good shape. Sometimes the leaves confused us but we pretty much hit almost every corner correctly.

Friday afternoon The far side was under water.

But when we got to the Makwa bridge\boardwalk and saw some of it under water we decided to flippit and not take the chance of going under water. Just did not feel like ruining the weekend so soon the game. So we turned back and still got in a two hour ride before the others even got there.

This will be the first time up there with the Powerfly and what that bike did for me is a whole nuther’ post. So Fridays ride was great. We got back to our rooms, cleaned up and waited for the others to get here before heading to the Angry Minnow for dinner.

Saturday by the Gravity Cavity

Saturday was the day I was going to test the Powerfly for real. Planed on 4 hours on the bike. We left the OO trailhead around 1030am after a few hours of snow and was excited to see some stuck on the ground. However, it was extremely hard to see the trail now for sure. Yesterday we just kinda followed the shiny leaves but now those were under snow.

We did the best we could and you still could see a little bit where the trail was. Once we were thru and had tracks down on the way home was no problem. We started on Seeley Pass are rode the trails to almost Ojibwe. I could never even have done that before this bike.

At just a tick over 20 miles this ride was the farthest Ive been on a MTB in well over 7 years. Just a bit over 3 hours moving time and almost 4 hours total in the woods. And felt OK when it was all done. I was a bit sore but in a good way. Even with the assist I pedaled a lot. Again, using the lowest setting of assist was all I needed. I was not the fastest bike in the group. But a pretty epic day in the saddle. I did the Gravity Cavity 5 times total.

The fresh snow just added to the ambiance. I was hoping to get to ride on a little snow and I was rewarded. Strange to do so still in the middle of Oct. Turns out it snowed back at home too. Just a little.

Im always amazed at how many bikes on cars we see in the area but only one or two on the trail. But one has to realize there are 60 miles of the stuff to ride.


As we do almost every trip we stay at the Leenroot behind Sawmill. Just two miles from the OO trailhead were we start most of our rides from. Right in the middle of the action.


Saturday nite we ate at Rivers Eatery in Cable. Then walked over to Tillys Pies. You walk in to these places and you swear Steve Tilford was still alive and hanging out up here. A lot of Steve’s memorabilia in both places.

I bought a pumpkin pie to go.

Sunday we decided to check out early and head to Minocqua and ride the Bearskin trail. We all brought out grave\cross bikes along and we wanted to ride them at least once but if we did another MTB ride that would have been fine by me. So we were on the road by 930am after breakfast at the Sawmill.

Good foto from July

All I got is one crappy pic from Sunday so I’ll throw in this file foto of the Bearskin trail when I rode it on July. I used the same bike so its still pretty accurate except there was a lot more leaves on the trail and some snow here and there.

Crappy foto from Sunday

It’s a 17 miles out and back trail. Pretty flat. We went about 11 miles out and flipped to get back. I was working pretty hard. No e-assist here. But its a great ride on some nice gravel or limestone or whatever it is. Don’t have to worry too much about cars, only when your crossing roads which you do quite a bit. I was pretty much just sucking others wheels. Im glad we got out on these bikes. Very rarely do I ride my gravel bike on gravel. Like never.

Ended up with close to 22 miles in 2 hours. Rode under a Eagle in a tree about 10 feet over our heads. It was a good ending to a great weekend. 3 great ride for me in 3 days. 

Im going to have the ebike version of this post later this week.



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