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Looking at Sheefoot Mountain

Instead of following the ATVs up Loop Creek we take Cliff Creek and the Old Milwaukee Road which are oiled most of the way up to the state line ridge. This is also part of the popular Route of the Hiawatha bicycle trail¹ along the old train track with a fifteen mile-per-hour speed limit. The slow speed seems to have kept all other motorized riders away from this route which is fine by us. We idle along, wave at the bicyclers and enjoy the view.

 

“Did you see that guy?” Jesse asks incredulously after we stop at an overlook.

 

I hadn’t noticed anything. “Which guy?” I ask.

 

“The one who stopped at our camp,” he explains.

 

“I saw him parked back at his own camp,” I answer, wondering what’s special about that.

 

“When we went by,” he says of himself and Joel, “he had that little bike up on a hill I wouldn’t take my bike on! Looked like he was stuck, but still ...”

 

I do wish I would have seen that—just the sort of unassuming guy who could ride circles around us.

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¹ Route of the Hiawatha: www.ridethehiawatha.com/

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Taken on September 4, 2011