|If you've never been beyond this gate in Black Hawk Park, you need to go!
When I did, I found rocks, two-track, a pathway through the trees hard against farm fields on one side and the Cedar's backwaters on the other, and another trail near the Northern terminus. It wasn't hilly at all, but it was about as far removed from society as you could get anywhere in Black Hawk County.
I never did this trail as a regular thing, as I wasn't into gravel back in the 90's and riding back the way I had come was, meh! I've never really liked to do that. But the Ford Road Access kind of made it "okay" and a bit of gravel back to Cedar Falls was fine, on occasion. Then the gravel bug bit me and I started visiting this trail as a part of a loop I could do once in awhile. It still wasn't a "regular" thing for me, but I do like to do it. It really isn't a gravel bike friendly trail though, so I usually don't do this trail on anything under 2" tires. Last time I had been out there I roached a free hub body on my old Hope hub, so that's been a couple years now.
Well, about two weeks ago I was sent some tires ahead of a release date which I could not talk about until today. They are from Hutchinson and are 2.3"ers called the Kraken. I put them on the Gen I Fargo and went in search of this old, rustic trail again.
|You pretty much are greeted by two sections of rock gardens almost immediately after the gate.
|It can be rather beautiful back on this trail.
|Later on you go by a few farm fields and pastureland.
|This is near the Northern end of the trail.
|Time to eat, apparently. Moo!
|Farmers were gearing up for planting.
|Barns For Jason
|Rock pile on Marquise Road.
|Tilling up the Earth. You could smell the freshly turned dirt in the air here.
|St. Paul's on Burton Avenue.
|It was about as perfect a day as one could ask for in April.
It was about 4 hours on the nose, actually a bit more, but I'm not counting exactly. It was really fun. It was really normal out there. A different universe compared to Waterloo, with the notable exception of Janesville, of course, which was a stark reminder of the times we are in now. But man! Was it nice to get away and just ride a bicycle without having to worry about passing people far enough away and all that is going on with social distancing.
Hoping to get out again Wednesday. Stay tuned......