Monday, January 26, 2009

Berryman to Council bluff and back.

As part of the building process for wanting to do the Ozark trail from the North past Berryman down to probably the end of middle fork and back. This was a section I have been wanting to try for a while. I rode the single speed again for this one decked out with my own custom bar mitts ( a must for below freezing weather) fully wind and waterproof with a fleece lining, I don't know how I ever rode in the winter without them! Knowing that I would be 25 to 30 miles out I brought the big camelback loaded with enough stuff to last a couple of days just in case things went really bad. I started off at 6am with the lights, I am hooked on that and would really love to get out earlier but the hour drive makes it tough. Anyway the ride went great it ended up being about 27.5 to the CB connector instead of the 25.5 I thought. I was hoping to do the CB loop but I had a flat on the way down that cost me a little bit of time, frozen ice covered stem from the big creek crossing, very cool stuff! Most of the small ones I hiked a bike just because you couldn't tell if they were froze solid enough to ride across and I didn't really want to take any chances. Anyway if I would of added in Council bluff it would of been another 13 miles that I didn't have time for. I was planning on 62 for the day and still got in 55 so that was cool. I wished I would of had a easier gear on the SS I ended up hiking up a lot of hills. Kind of a mix of a lot of leaves being on the trails and having the heavy backpack on that slowed me down a bit. The good thing is the backpack felt great the whole time and I pretty much had in it everything I will use for doing the big Ozark trail ride. I had my camera but the batteries died so I missed out on some pretty killer pictures so you will have to take my word on how good of a ride this is. Here is the Garmin Link. Also BIG thanks to these guys for making my riding experience on this trail that much better.



The Rig set up for the big winter ride.



6 comments:

cploch said...

dude!?!

Mason Storm said...

I have thought about doing this, but haven't had the you know whats to try it yet. I have been inspired by this post fo sho! It's on this spring.

I am Dwayne Goscinski said...

non-race on the Ozark trail?

Casey Ryback said...

Alright, you heard it here first - Non-Race starting at Berryman Campground; the first person to ride the ENTIRE Ozark trail, every section (Between the Rivers, Blair Creek, Curtois, Current River, Eleven Point, Karkaghne, Marble Creek, Middle Fork, North Fork, Trace Creek, Taum Sauk, Victory and Wappapello) wins a 12 pack and bus fare back to the starting point! Just don't tell anyone you're riding the no-mtb-allowed sections. We'll deny all involvement.

I am Dwayne Goscinski said...

awesome, Do it like the KTR, midnight start fully self supported!

Team Trail Monster said...

I have been planning on hitting everything open to bikes after Syllamo.