Memorial Day weather did not disappoint. It officially launched us into summer with sunshine and temps above 90 degrees. It was perfect weather for me to suck wheel on the 3rd Annual Ronsta Ramble. I have never been on Ron Stawicki’s 70 mile adventure ride from Waukesha to the wild woods of Wauwatosa, but it seemed a fitting ride for the anniversary of Over the Bars in Milwaukee.
I rode out to meet Ron and a few handfuls of local mofos on the New Berlin Rec Trail as they pedaled east. There was a mix of cross bikes, mountain bikes and even a tag along. The ride starts at Ron’s place heads east, drops into some of the mountain bike trails on the west side of the county and then heads out to Sussex for the Memorial Day Parade.
I had a busy family schedule of my own, so I was only able to join the Ramblers for a couple hours of fun. The bomb-proof Hoyt Park mtb trails were dialed in as usual, but things got greasy as we headed west on the singletrack along the Menomonee River Parkway.
Although they were rideable for those with knobby tires, we quickly hopped out of the woods and onto the pavement. These locals put far too much volunteer work into maintaining those trails to trash them when they are wet. Besides, the pot holes on the parkway provides almost as much challenge as the singletrack in the woods.
I peeled off and bid adieu to the merry pranksters when they hit the paved section of the Oak Leaf at the end of the Parkway. If any of the die hards who stuck it out for the full ride want to email me some photos along with a brief report, I would be happy to share it. But likely you will be able to read all about it on Ronsta’s blog.