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JACKSON HOLE, WYO - This is the time of the year when I start thinking of the Lenny Kravitz song, “It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over.” That’s the attitude I’m taking as October unfolds. I’m simply not done riding my bike. However, trail choices will have to be altered since the higher elevations might start seeing some snow.
I usually get out for a foliage road ride or two, especially if my routes include Fall Creek to Red Top, the Moose Wilson Road to the Inner Loop of the Park, or a climb from Victor up to Grand Targhee. Teton Valley also boasts a ton of gravel road riding, a cross between road and mountain biking. It is a great way to get off the beaten path and to experience wilderness on two wheels. I have yet to do a “bike packing” trip to Island Park or West Yellowstone via gravel, but that’s definitely on my list.
In the meantime, I’m going to pedal the Ashton-Tetonia Rail Trail, a 30-mile dirt stretch on old railroad bed that offers Teton views and peaceful moments. Plus, it’s a great place for cyclists of all levels and ages to enjoy a fall day. See the Rides and Events tab on the Fitzgerald’s Bicycles Web site for more details.
Next Up: Volunteers needed ASAP to build a bike trail at Snow King before the ground freezes. Contact Wendell at 413-7643 to earn lift tickets or a ski pass. Cyclocross races: The Cube, in Rexburg on Sunday; and Moose Cross at Pioneer Park in Victor on Oct. 12 to 13. Youth and beginners are welcome.