well i'm out in south bend, indiana this week for work, and instead of flying out, i drove it and took the bike along to see if i can knock another state off the list for riding. well after a brush with a tornado (one was literally across the street from me on tuesday - thats about as close i ever want to get to one ever again), i finally got out to try some midwest trails.
i was totally surprised at how hilly the trail was. lots of quick ups and downs. it was a lot like a hartshorne/lewis morris mix, same ups and downs, same soil types, just the hills were really short.
the trail design was awesome. they pulled 6 miles out of a park probably 1/3 the size of chimney rock. the trails were really tight and packed in on each other. there were lots of switchbacks, tight blind turns, no fall-line stuff, lots of cutting across what hills they have to work with to get the most out of them. they also had some serious freeride stuff built up ( i stay away from that stuff myself). good stuff tho.
so if you are ever stuck in the midwest in northern indiana - you do have some riding thats pretty fun, just watch for the pitch black wall clouds - they can do some damage.
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