Winter on Vancouver Island is wet. Not the crazy PNW rain that lots of folks think we get, but for sure it’s damp compared to our bone dry summers. Since 4 months of the year are cool and wet my desire to camp/tour at that time is pretty low. So I decided to strip the extra water hauling capacity off my Surly Krampus and convert it back to a plain old mountain bike for the winter.
I got rid of the stem and downtube mounted bottle cages and added some minimal fenders to keep splashed mud off me and my Brooks saddle. The Rohloff hub and rigid frame means a very low maintenance bike for those really wet days.
I figured there was no time like the present so I headed over to Partridge Hills to do some trail recon.
I’ve got some trails at Partridge Hills I want to lock down with GPS so I can build some sweet loops I can reliably find. I’ve found all the connector trails I need at one time or other, but it’s kind of a random thing so I’m riding with my GPS to get my navigation down.
I got in a good ride and found one of the trails I was looking for. I need to go back now and ride the opposite way to form a loop. I won’t bother sharing the GPS track yet since it’s not a complete quality ride at this point.
I was solo for this ride and the forest was very quiet and so beautiful with a carpet of fallen leaves. I’m very lucky to have trails like this close to home and almost never have to share them with anyone. 🙂
What I love even more is a 12 month a year mountain bike season! So great!