I was planning on taking my mountain bike, until I looked at the frame and fork and said to myself "hey there's no attachment points for racks and panniers"! Duhh! Slight panic ensued. Ok, do I want to haul most everything in a backpack and bungie cord the rest to me and/or bike? Or do I switch the tires on my Marin Muirwoods? Or take the good cyclocross bike?
No, I want to spend more money on a BoB cargo trailer, which I'd been looking at for awhile for hauling stuff in town. Long story short:
|Yes, no permit to go on the trail (forgot about that little detail), so I park right out in the open.|
Of course, I bought the less expensive version without the shock absorber in back so more slight panic ensued. How do I explain to my wife I bought a trailer for the trip, but I can't use it on the trail? (Luckily she is on board with using it around town.)
So I made a quick trip to Rosalia on Sunday to try it out. To simulate some bike camping supply weight on it I packed it with this:
I only went a few miles, but it worked out ok, and was fairly easy to pull, if a bit noisy. I have a liner on order for it and also a kickstand which should make stopping along the trail easier.
This is the old Milwaukee rail bridge at the south (?) end of town:
The view from the bridge:
Another pic of the bridge:
Out on the trail, going around an old trestle:
I had first stopped at the other end of Rosalia at the first turn from 195 into town, near the Rosalia Cemetery. This part didn't look very promising, but it's passable:
That's all for now.