I planned on a quick after work ride today if the rain held out. Things cleared up on my drive home so it was game-on. I decided that I would do a loop of the outskirts of town on my CX bike but the ride went from a high intensity 'TillsonBurn' training ride to an urban adventure ride.
I circled town then began my criss-cross pattern through it, discovering unique sights that were hidden in plain sight. I've lived in Simcoe for 6 years now, so there is still some spots that I need to explore. Rides like this take me back to being a kid and riding every inch of the little town of Delhi, leaving no street unridden, no bush unexplored, and no stone unturned. I swear that you could drop me anywhere in a 10km radius of Delhi and I could tell you where I am.
My journey through town started from Ireland Road along the Lynn Valley trail where I completed my outskirts loop and headed towards Memorial Park.
I shredded some singletrack aboard the CX bike in the Brook Conservation Area. This little area has all of Simcoe's 'Premier' mountain biking singletrack, which isn't all that much, but still good fun.
Once into town and along the Lynn River, there is lots to slow down and see. I found an old decommissioned trail bridge, a staircase to nowhere, and an old railroad overpass above Davis Creek.
Where the old railway ends is an equally dilapidated industrial area that some of which seems like time has forgotten about.
I get back onto the paved trails through town and leave the history behind me. Any ride where I find new things is a great ride in my books. Riding can't be all twisty singletrack and carving corners, sometimes you just need to pedal into something unknown and lose yourself for a bit. Exploring and finding new interesting things is what keeps me going, otherwise I get stuck in a rut of the same old ride, new day. Next time you ride past that faint little offshoot of the trail or old road, turn around and check it out. Even if its a bust, you won't regret it.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.