With the inclusion of the ‘Ridge’ in our Birmingham trail loop, we who were in attendance all agree, you can drive out to Stony or head over to Island Lake or even make your way up to Pontiac Lake but why drive a car when you can get perhaps even a better work out rip-in-it local-urban-style?
In honor of Matt, (who thinks counter clockwise) we decided to do this ride in ‘Reverse’. The uphill climb into Birmingham is a great way to warm up, five miles and then its trail time! Turning left just before Maple we slid across Southfield Road and down the grassy embankment, over the bridge and through the woods, following the Rouge River Watershed.
This way that way, up down colors in full tune, paintings of fall filled every room. As we made our way through and down the drive way of a wonderful homeowner we entered into the west side of the Beverly Hills Water treatment plant area. Say what you want rippers, butt until you have rode this trail you will never know how tight, twisty challenging it is. Class 4, with a hairpin, if not careful you can end up in the river real quick.
As we made our way up into the meadow at the bottom ‘Y’ turn a BMX’er put a ramp if you head straight I saw it shouted out but big Mike hit it and went down hard, A little bit of Blood and a 2 minute on the ground recovery we were up again catching our breath. In usual fashion he stated that we might as well do a set of push-ups, we all obliged his request..
From there out onto Evergreen we ripped down to 13 then jumped East and hit the sidewalk South to 12 mile. We stopped midway between to see a beautiful sight. A red tailed Hawk had just killed a squirrel no more than 20’ in front of us just off to the side of the sidewalk. Taking in the site, pedestrians coming north did not see him in time and spooked him. He took off to the West, flying low he almost got hit by a car 3’ sooner and he would have been a goner.
Along the South side of 12 mile the 8’ wide pedestrian path is great, it allows for side by side jostling and bullshit. Up and down and then down again we entered into the Old Berberian Estate, across the DNR bridge and into the woods we started the long sweeping climb up the ridge road. Shouting at us was a big ol owl whos who could be heard all the way up to the top. At the top we all dismounted and caught our breath. My legs were swollen and throbbing at a level I have not felt in well over a year.
From there it was back snaking through the neighborhoods of Southfield and then into Lathrup Village and for some onto Pierce back to their homes. Again Bike hard, Fast and Fun without having to get in your Car to drive there first… Bike Detroit!!!
J. Meyers bike explorer
p.s. Beat the Train Final Ride Tomorrow Morning.