Bizz Johnson Rail-To-Trail – Susanville, Ca. October 2002. The night prior to the ride we stayed in Susanville The next morning we left the trailhead at Susanville and rode (uphill) to the Mason trailhead and back (about 51 miles). Leaving the Mason trailhead we took a forest service road part of the way back till we junctioned with the trail which we rode the rest of the way. It took us a little over 7 hours at a leisurely pace. This was a great ride. Bizz Johnson Trail website
We hadn’t planned on visiting Moab but after seeing how close we were on the map we couldn’t resist since it is a mountain bike mecca. We hit all the bike shops, did the one ride, ate supper and headed on. This trail was an “out and back” to the Klondike Bluffs for a total of about 15 miles.
Route of the Hiawatha – Wallace, Idaho. This rail-to-trail is 16 miles in length, goes through 8 tunnels (you definitely need a headlight) and over 7 trestles. The longest tunnel took us under the Bitterroot mountains and to Montana on the other side. We rode up and back. We stayed at the Best Western in Wallace.
September 2002 we took a trip Northwest to Montana and Idaho to ride. In Montana we rode…
Rendezvous Trails – West Yellowstone, Montana. The night prior to this ride we stayed in West Yellowstone. These were actually cross country ski trails recommended to us by the local bike shop. We rode these trails for about half the day before moving on to drive around Yellowstone park.
Clark Fork River Trail – St Regis, Montana. We drove to St Regis and this trail from where we were staying in Wallace Idaho. This was a single track “out and back” that totaled about 20 miles in length. It was a difficult but rewarding ride that went up the mountain, dipped down to the river, into the forest and out into clearings… several times. I went “over the bars” a couple of times.
The Prairie Spirit Trail – Ottawa Kansas. September 2002. This trail is a 33 mile rail-to-trail between the towns of Ottawa and Welda Kansas. The railroad, originally the Leavenworth, Lawrence and Galveston Railroad, was constructed in the 1860s and ran from Leavenworth Kansas to Galveston Texas . In 1899 the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad purchased the line and continued operation until 1990. Trail Website.
After a 10 year hiatus from mountain biking in Colorado we decided to return on this vacation. We managed to get in 3 rides during our 4 day stay in Salida. Our rides included the Arkansas River/Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Marshall Pass and the Leadville Loop.
We traveled a total of 2,174 miles. In addition to biking, during our stay we drove to Gunnison, Crested Butte, Buena Vista, Leadville, Breckenridge, Frisco, Taylor Canyon and Nova’s favorite, over Cottonwood Pass. We crossed paths with deer, bighorn sheep, fox, lizards and chipmunks.
Trip to Summit County, Colorado along with our Daughter and my Parents. Nova, my Dad and I went mountain biking during the day while our Daughter and my Mother went sight seeing.
Some of the trails we rode… The Flume Ride, Williams Fork Ridge, Gold Hill, Pennsylvania-Indiana Creek, Golden Horseshoe, Ten Mile Canyon.
The year before just Nova and I made this same trip and we rode up and back down Vail Pass. This time we trucked the bikes to the top and just coasted down.
We rode several trails around Summit County, Colorado. A few that we can recall are… the Peaks Trail, Peru Creek, Boreas Pass, Deer Creek-St Johns Loop, Burro Trail-Mayflower Lake, Frisco to top of Vail Pass. Frisco to Breckenridge.