My son and I rode flew down from Detroit to ride Brown County after seeing the article in last months MT magazine, I had pre-arranged to rent FS bikes from The Bicycle Station in Columbus (IN). The bikes were Trek Rumble Fishes and EX,,much better than I expected from a rental place. They also provided tubes/repair kit. I was initially concerned when I saw that the shop closed at 5, but the owner Matt offered to give me his personal cell phone and to come in after hours if I needed to return the bike that night (I ended up being done before they closed thought).
We started at Hesitation Point and screamed downhill towards Aynes then to Green Valley. I must say that there were some points that I couldnít believed werent marked ďCautionĒ, like a hairpin turn that if you didnít make would have resulted in a nasty run down a very steep drop off..(If your like me reading this makes this trail that much more intriguoing).
Green Valley is a good mix of rocking downhills, of course followed by some extended climbs, nothing was out of saddle though. We ended up following the same run back to Hesitation Point, enjoyed lunch then rode down Walnut to LimeKiln.
Walnut has rock obstacles and some steep dropoffs beside the trail, Iíll admit I had to get off the bike once when I lost footing over some rocks. As you turn back towards Limekiln you can absolutley rocket down a trail with great little jumps, including a table top.
Limekiln is a rollercoaster, quick with no severe upís and downs, but just quick flowing. We flipped around at the end of Limekiln and took identical run back.
We missed Schooner as that after logging 23 miles or so I wanted to be fresh for that trail. To be noted is that if our legs were fresher there is an entrace to Schooner about Ĺ mile down Walnut, then an exit (or entrace) point near meeting spot with Limekiln. If we hadnt done Hesitation we would have looped back on Schooner (not re-traced). I wanted to point this out cause the map makes it look like Schooner is only out and back.
We headed back to Columus, returned bikes then caught a movie then flew home the next day.
I would highly recommend this trail, it was well worth the trip, The long flowing downhills beside steep drop offs made this a real experience. I will say next time I will give myself atleast 2 days.
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