Michigan Mountain Biking Association
redleg_64 wrote:I'm "planning" on a solo HCP ride Friday-Saturday. My planning consists of me saying "Hey, I am going to ride this loop this weekend!". I plan on starting out somewhere around the southern part of the loop and then staying at my parents house in Tower Friday night. I was going to get off the trail at Centerline Rd. and then ride to their house. On Saturday morning I would resume the loop. I've never ridden out there before and I have no idea if there is anywhere to refill water on the way. I don't have a water filter. I also have no idea what the trail condition is like. Does anybody have some advice that would help me out?
redleg_64 wrote:Thanks...that will help out a lot. I grew up in Tower and am familiar with the pigeon river country, but not from the mountain biking side. Is the trail well marked or am I going to have to be on my toes and keep a sharp eye out for where I need to go?
redleg_64 wrote:Well, I have the food stuff, a water filter, spare tube and patch kit, basic tools but no spare parts. I'm picking up one of those maps from the state forest HQ in the morning. And if something should go wrong, I have a compass, fire starter and emergency blanket. And I'm an active duty soldier too. I should be good to go. If everything goes wrong, I'm throwing the bike on the shoulder, picking a direction and go until I hit a road.
redleg_64 wrote:You were right...I did enjoy the parts west of M33. I rode for about six and a half hours today, starting a little west of Rattlesnake Hill. I saw seven elk including and a small bulll elk. Once I got east of M33 the trail was VERY poorly marked and I spent way to long trying to pick up the trail again. I got *beep* off after the fifth such incident and took Clay Pit Rd out to M33 and went north to Onaway and then to my parent's house in Tower. I'm sore and tired, but the poor condition of the trail took a lot out of motivation out of me. I'm not too sure if I'll ride the rest of the trail tomorrow. The only thing I broke was one of the zip ties that hold the brake line to the chain stay.
Does anyone know how to pack a chainsaw for a bike trip?
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