Labor Day ride derailed
I had big plans for a nice long ride on Labor Day. I wasn’t worried about any taper-week problems with LOTOJA just a few days away. I’m ‘racing’ LOTOJA to finish it and enjoy it. And that’s about it. As long as I finish I’ll be happy.
So after I helped the kids finish their first-ever triathlon, I loaded up the cyclocross bike with great intentions to ride from Bountiful to the Francis Peak radar domes — a hefty 21-mile climb with about 5,000 feet of vertical. But just as I hit the freeway on my way to the start my riding partner called to cancel because of another family obligation.
So I flipped around — I figured a solo rode on that remote of a road wasn’t a smart idea — and had a nice lunch at home. Then I hit the trails closer to home.
The Jordan River Parkway has a relatively new section of trails developed. Lots of single track along the river with some dirt road mixed in to keep you busy.
Anyhow, I went for a short but sweet ride and only crashed once — hit a patch if sand on a sharp corner at about three miles per hour and came to an abrupt stop and enjoyed an endo. Seriously, I enjoyed it. Got up laughing, smiling and thrilled to have a face full of dirt.
I pedaled around for 10 or 11 miles just repeating what seemed like endless loops around the parkway without seeing much of the same track more than once.
If you have a spare hour or two and don’t want to drive all the way to the mountains or if you find yourself in the middle of the valley, I highly recommend stopping at 5400 South on the Parkway trail system, pointing the bike north and just letting it go for a little while. Just to the west of Germania Park is where all the single track is being developed. It’s not huge, it’s not fancy, there’s not a lot of climbing, but it was a very welcome diversion after my original ride got derailed.