Off the pavement

Today I went to town to do some grocery shopping, and on the way I had the idea of getting some knobby tires for my old quasi-mountain-bike. It was such a pretty day, 60 degrees, sunny, and the trees all turning. Riding on the gravel roads seemed like a pleasant prospect. I bought some with low tread in the middle and knobs on the sides, suitable for pavement and gravel, but not for mud. I’m not looking for mud.

So I went for a ride. I headed east from Pocahontas, and soon found myself on an easy gravel road.

CR532Next thing I knew, though, the road narrowed a good bit, and then there was a sign saying “impassible in high water.” This normally means that the road is fording a stream. It doesn’t usually mean that the road actually is a streambed, but that’s what it was for almost a mile. Rocks about fist-size throughout. I thought my teeth were going to fall out. Still, I made it okay, and I have to say that there were some very pretty spots.



I haven’t done any riding on gravel in a long time, and there were a lot of places on this short ride where I had to get off and walk the bike up steep hills. I’m going to be sore tomorrow.

2 Responses to “Off the pavement”

  1. K says:

    That looks lovely (if bumpy!) We have the autumn colours, but not the beautiful sunshine, or not today…

  2. Allen says:

    This is some of the best fall weather I’ve seen in years. The trees aren’t producing as much color as they often do, because the summer was so damn dry, but after some substantial rains, now we’ve got high pressure and lots of sun.

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