An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bia and Joe Go Off-Roadin'

Just when we thought we knew all the biking paths in and around the Augusta Canal, we discover another one: a mountain bike trail maintained by SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association of Augusta). You have to know it's there because it's off the beaten path (to get to it you have to leave the canal and follow the railroad tracks about 25 yards until you come to a sign marking the trail).

You'd never know it, but it's there!

And there are rules ... who knew? Odd days you go to the left (clockwise); on even days you head right (counter-clockwise).

See the blue pathway marked on the map?
That is 2.8 miles of pure mountain bike trail.

This is the real stuff, folks. The path is about a foot wide, and it follows a winding route through dense woods, up and down hills and gullies, and alongside the Savannah River. The path was muddy, sandy, bumpy, and a veritable mine field of tree roots. Joe had one wipeout, and I had to walk my bike down all the steep hills because my front brakes weren't working (bad timing), but 2.8 arduous miles later we emerged victorious.

Then we biked home.

We discovered a secret swimming hole ... complete with swinging rope.

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