I went on a group ride at the Ruby today. The Ruby is actually several different trails that offshoot from the River to River trail that crosses the entirety of Southern Illinois. Its called the Ruby because the best offshoot goes by a very tiny rocky ledge that may have at one time had water running over it and somehow it got the name Ruby Falls. Its important enough for the Forest Service to place is a sign there that says Ruby Falls.
I rode my full suspension Trek Fuel EX with 26 inch wheels and immediately noticed the difference. At slower speeds rocks that I would roll right over cause the bike to hiccup. At higher speed the suspension soaks up just about anything you throw at it. My problem is I don’t usually ride at that kind of speed. Then when you stat climbing you can feel some of your energy being sucked into the suspension.
We had a big group of 10 riders and I expected this to be a social ride. Not a bad thing, just a bit more stopping, talking, waiting. Turned out after a few miles of easy warm up pace it got pretty fast and stayed fast with very little down time. It was a great ride and I’m glad I went.
In other news the sunrise was spectacular this morning. Thanks standard time!