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    Northwoods Update

    Man this is the time of the year to be shredding the trails as much as possible and the trails are in great riding conditions, though we could use some rain to crete the sandy stretches. Lots of work has been done on many trails so here we go.
    Nicolet Roche is quickly becoming an absolute must do ride! With the tornado wrecked area being cleared to allow lower and upper connecting and the stupendous building efforts of C.Johnson and his comrades this is fun riding all the way to the north with Boot Lake added in for up n downin. The boulder riding in the south section is funtastic and adds to skills and bike handling. Charlie says it will be soon when Bucksnort and Bee Sting sections are cleared out to give the whole trail system back to us. Come on everybody headup to Langlade and the Nicolet Roche Trail!!! Great flyfishing too. Camping etc....

    Speaking of trail building and improvements. Steve and his compatriots at Levis Trow have done quite a bit of work rerouting and improving the Snodgrass section, as well as some minor sections. Levis is a bit sandy right now but this just adds to the conditioning of your legs, heart, and handling. More work and building slated including a skills park. I love this ride! Can we make it longer...Bruce Mound or Wildcat? Pulled some nice bass on flies outta da Black R.

    More great trail building at Nine Mile in Wausau and getting easier to follow a loop ride now with newer trail and signage. When completed lets change all the numbering so it is much easier to follow. Just rode there Tues. and heading back in a couple of hours again. New section trail 12, new! has been cleared and connected to 11(end) and into 14(beginning) and is one tricky difficult little ride, but what a blast and now eliminates the need to be on another crosscountry ski trail. If I could, please, add a little suggestion? Have you seen how boulders have been utilized on the Roche Trail? There are some grand boulders on new #12 that would definitely add to the difficulty, handling skills, and fun by making it all rideable. I will be starting that today?

    Heading back up to Cable/Hayward to ride this weekend with a small group from the Medford area if anyone is interested in meeting up and doing a good group ride. Will be getting in about 10:00-10:30 depending on Rock Lake or Hatchery Creek. Will post definite plans on Friday? Will have food and beverages for after ride ceremonies. These trails are always in good riding shape and having peeked, perhaps poached a bit, at a new section going in to eliminate some ski trail this is one amazing future ride with a boulder paved downhill(up too I guess) that will make anyone think twice...yeeeehaa! Also a new 11/2 mile section has been added to Makwa as it heads towards County OO. Makwa is now 71/2 miles long? one way and lots more to come. When Camba gets all the ST connected it could be one big biking and camping adventure. Really good fishing up there too especially lake weed beds and the Chippewa R.

    Spent some time riding Anvil, Nicolet North, and Hidden Lakes Trails in the Eagle River area and had lots of fun but still too much ski trail stuff. I mean they are nice, but not singletrack in the sense of moving thru in and out of obstacles or up and down of contoured hillsides. Hidden Lakes on the other hand is mostly ST but seems to be for foot travel only but hey....your foots make the bike travel. Same argument I use for the Ice Age Trails...I mean someone I know uses, ya that's the ticket! Problem with Hidden Lakes it has a section in the Franklin nature trail that states no bikes. Does it make sense to exclude a small 1/2 mile section to prevent Hidden Lakes from being a true loop? Check out Kentuck Lake by using the trail in the boat landing area. Watch out...had a mean grumpy encounter with a sow and her cubs. Took 20 minutes to figure out a way around her.

    Underdown Trail also has had some work and better connecting and signage so that has become much easier moving thru the timbered area and options to connect everything including looping back on some of the Ice Age Trail to change the rides up. Make sure you are carrying and applying the deet. Horsetrails and caca de cabello attract huge horse flies. Heard more trail is due in the future.

    Next week its off to Rhinelander and area to find and ride their trails. I hear about them but have no Idea how to get to trailheads. Will be making an info gathering call to Mel's Sports in downtown Hodag town or somebody please respond with directions. Planning on another trip up to the UP for camping and riding and the Gogebic range in great northern Wisconsin. Anyone interested in getting together to adventure do not hesitate to correspond. See ya on the trails and in the woods. Adios Amigos y amigas.

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    Interesting notes. Where would you ride if you were in Bayfield at noon, and didn't have to be home until the next evening? That's going to be my situation on the 27th, and I'm heading back to Green Bay. I was thinking of hitting the Rhinelander trails again since I have a warm bed nearby, but I haven't ridden anything north/west of there.

    Going to hit Levis Trow either the 30th or the 6th. That'll be a first ride there, so I'm pretty excited. Otherwise, it's been lots of Marquette riding lately. Took two trips up there in the past three weeks. The amount of trails there, the length of some of the downhill sections, and the techy spots are all making me foam at the mouth and hang my head a little when I think of Baird and Camp here in GB. Only hit Standing Rocks once so far this year, and no 9-mile trips yet. Can't ever find enough time to ride all the rides I'd like.

    If you're looking for the best loop at Rhinelander I recommend stopping at Bikes 'n Boards first. They have maps on hand, and have been very helpful every time I've stopped by. They're not too far from the trailhead (2mi?). I think I'll have to hit that trail again when I come through anyway.

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    Thanks I will stop at Bike n Boards to get info for Rhinelander area. When I went up to Bayfield area last fall I could only find riding in the usual ski areas and of course some forests roads around the area that I was fishing. Never really found anybody around town that could send me to singletrack, so a bit disappointed. I will be heading up into UP around 1st week of August to ride and camp. Still wishing for a break in this fall like weather to head up. If you decide to ride Levis Trow on the 6th I might hook up with ya. Will be in GB the 30th at Oneida Casino catching the Social Distortion show and the next night too in Milwaukee @ the Rave. Still punk rocking after all these years. Let me know when or if you head to Marquette.

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    I second the Bikes n Boards motion. They are actually on the way to the trails, so you might as well stop for a map and directions. I am planning a UP trip, but won't be able to get out of the shop until at least September when the season starts to die down.

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    I don't know when my next Marquette ride will be. I'd like to catch one early-mid September where there's good color, but the trails aren't iced over with leaves yet.

    Let me know if you want to ride a fun Baird loop while you're in town for the show. I heard it was a great time when they were here last year.

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