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Festival of the Trails -Mountain Biking Event

Saturday, June 02, 2012

This past weekend, my husband and I got away for the first time without the kids (who are now 9 and 7 years old.) We spent our weekend "up north" in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest at a mountain biking festival. The mountain biking trail system consisted of over 300 miles of trails. It was amazing.

We mountain biked for 3 days - and it was exhausting by day 3! We put on over 50 miles on single track trails.

Here is my husband:


And here I am:


Both photos were on day one - before we were worn out - and before I broke my bike. (We needed to rent me one, which got us a little behind. My husband broke his as well - but was able to have his fixed.) -- Rental bikes - not as fun.

The event was EXTREMELY well planned. There was a social get-together every day and some type of food event. All participants received a punch card at registration where they had hole punchers on markers throughout the 300 mile trail system. The more punches you received, the more tickets you got to a drawing on the last day. We did quite well, we ended up leaving the festival with my husband winning new bike shoes ($150 value) and I won new grips ($35 value).

We stayed at a bed and breakfast for the first time (because it was only 1 mile from the trail head) - overall, this was a little too intimate for me. I like to come and go and not worry about who is also living in the house. The breakfasts were fantastic though.

We will definitely be doing this again, but next year, we'll bring our kids. We have all year to get them ready for this type of event. I have a new respect for mountain biking! I want to go again. I need to increase my speed and confidance going over rock piles and across skinny bridges.
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  • KAYOTIC
    Sounds like a great event, and congrats on your winnings! Hope you can get your bike fixed!
    1643 days ago
  • FIT-AT-50
    Sounds like a wonderful trip! You're right -- your kids will love it next year and you have plenty of time to help them prepare.
    1644 days ago
  • 1TRULYBLESSED
    Joy, that looks like SO much fun!! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us! emoticon
    1644 days ago
  • AEHEGE
    What a perfect weekend! (well, except for the bike problems). Thanks for telling us about it and showing the photos. Looks like a beautiful place to ride. Your kids will be at good ages to begin long distance biking. emoticon
    1644 days ago
  • LYNMEINDERS
    Woohoo....sounds awesome...especially since ypou are going back next year.... emoticon
    1645 days ago
  • LUVS2BIKE101
    Wow! What a fun time! And you won prizes, too! That's great! I like your pics. We're having a mountain bike one-day tour at our local Stewart Forest tomorrow. I love to ride!!!
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    1645 days ago
  • AMARILYNH
    Awesome way to have fun AND get exercise!!
    1645 days ago
  • BET212
    What a great time and by the pictures it looks like it was gorgeous! Congrats on the prizes :)

    DH and I have stayed at many B&Bs over the years but have found we like the privacy of vacation rentals or cabins better. Most come with a stocked kitchen so you can cook your own stuff. Some B&Bs will provide breakfast items delivered to your door so not as great a breakfast but more privacy.
    1645 days ago
  • RHONDALYN10
    How incredible! Sounds like a great time and even though you enjoyed it as a couple I think you will find it just as enjoyable with the family!
    1645 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    That sound like so much fun! You had to be so pumped!! Maybe next year you can get a motel with a pool or spa for relaxing at night.. your kids will love it!! They will be older and endure longer!! What a great plan!!!
    1646 days ago
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