On a day with sunny blue skies and no wind, 30+ fat bikers descended on Howlin’ Wolf Creek Bar north of St. Croix Falls Wisconsin Saturday morning for The Woolly Bike Club’s version of Global Fat Bike Day.
As folks gathered coffee was served and tire pressures checked. Shortly after 10am the group gathered for a photo and some preride words of wisdom about not leaving anyone behind and being respectful trail users upon encounters with any other user groups.
Promptly at… 10:15 two groups rolled out for an anticipated 2 hour tour of the Sand Barrens in Governor Knowles State Forest. One group took off at a faster pace to tackle some more challenging terrain while the other set out to enjoy the day.
Mandatory Rest Stops
We aim to please at the Woolly Bike Club. Not only did we offer free coffee before riding, we take our mid-ride refueling seriously. Both groups met up out in the woods at the stashed cooler of goodness. There were plenty of beverage selections to rehydrate and refuel.
Someone mentioned that they didn’t think they had ever had bacon while on a ride… they need to ride with us more! Three pounds of bacon did NOT come back from the woods.
Kids In The Sandbox
After being refreshed, both groups rolled out together and headed to the sandbox. Sandbox you say? Yup. More hidden treasures in the Wisconsin Northwoods.
2 Hour Tour?
By the time we left the sandbox we had already been out for almost two hours. At this point the two groups diverged again with one group dropping the hammer to get over to the Sunrise Ferry Landing on the St. Croix River and the other beginning the roll back to Wolf Creek Bar.
To the best of my knowledge everyone who left with us returned to Wolf Creek Bar by early afternoon. There were lots of smiles all around from what I saw. Some folks hurried to get back to civilization probably running a tad late for previously agreed to commitments. For the rest of us we went in to Wolf Creek Bar to refuel.
More Fat Biking
That about wraps up GFBD for Woolly. The good news is that you can be back in just two short weeks to do the Solstice Chase which will be on the Woolly Trails. Online registration is open until December 8th.