This Veteran’s Day weekend has been fantastic for mountain biking. Temps have got down around freezing overnight but warmed enough for summer riding attire during the day. Friday four of us put in at Neighbor’s road and went down to Hayes Creek Canyon. JW was leading the ride and directed us on mostly good trails then gave us a history lesson at Miller Grove Cemetery.
Miller Grove was a community of freed slaves formed in 1844 that once numbered over 100 people. The only remaining vestige of the community is the cemetery which has two large markers and supposedly around hundred other grave sites. It’s really quite amazing to think that a settlement once stood in this area.
The trails around Eddyville are really excellent, especially when they are dry. The horse traffic is pretty intense in the area, though we didn’t see a soul in the forest Friday or today. Yeah it was so much fun that I returned with a different small group to do a similar ride today.
In the words of my good friend Drew, we’ve been out here riding bikes in the Shawnee for 34 years. Come on out and join us!