27 Mile Laurel Loop

27.7 Mile Loop

Ride Highlights
Date: Sep 5, 2016

  1. Fastest MPH: 26.05 mph
  2. Average MPH: 10.21 mph
  3. Total Distance: 27.68 mi
Cera and I have been building our riding skills to take on longer distances; we want to be able to ride out to Columbus and stay the weekend and ride back, without breaking anything more than a sweat. I chose the loop out to Laurel and back because of the distance and there is a line of Geocaches coming into Laurel that helps get me to my Geocaching goal of 4k finds. I am currently at 356 so I have a long ways to go.

We found a bus on the side of the road, and it was FREE, yes FREE 100%. If I had a place to store it I would have been all over it. It totally reminded me of one I used to live in when I was a kid, but newer (a little).

We got a good distance before we got off and took a break the Nez Perce National Historical Park we did our CITO (Cache In Trash Out) at. It was awesome to see people out there enjoy the park and also fellow riders. We are new to the whole biking game outside quick in-town rides, so meeting people and learning what is officially in place for us is great knowledge. I quickly looked up the laws for riders here in Montana to make sure I wasn't breaking any laws from riding before. Bad habits are harder to break if you dont know they are bad habits I supposed.

The Laurel hill that is pictures and you can clearly see in the overview, is a &#K!'in thing, it just went on forever; sure didn't seem to have the same level of entertainment going down either (haha). We came down into Laurel where they're finishing up Yellowstone National Cemetery, so we stopped and took a closer look; it's a nice looking place. I'm a sucker for the American flag; I like to stop where it's being proudly displayed for all to see and take pictures.

We did our customary high-fives because riding 27+ miles is an amazing feat and we kept our average up past 10MPH which is a main goal of mine for planing long distance rides. Google maps uses 10MPG average speed to calculate travel time, so if we can keep it 10+ then planning a ride seems a bit more achievable when talking about 100+ miles during the whole trip.

We got some rain some 15 minutes after we got home, so we just beat it home. :)