With all of the rain I knew today’s ride was going to be a bit swampy. I came ready for mud. Amber and James joined me and Dan as we decided to experience the Palmer Park Trails in spite of the rain, or mud for that matter.
We left around 6pm and headed straight up 2nd st through the Wayne State Campus, on by the Fisher Fwy. and then straight again all the way into the Park. Passing by the fountain, Dan took the lead and was off with his ass shooting flames, lit on fire! I was out earlier in the day trying to find the driest route but with Dan now taking the lead that good plan quickly turned into Mud. With the Virgin Watershed being compromised by the early city engineers, water tends to become trapped out in the forest as it waits to be lapped up by the towering Oaks and Beech.
The first swamp pit was brutal, my 6’5″, 270 frame lumbered on through, forcing me to stretch down deeper into my lungs, looking for the fuel to stoke the fire, so that the Pistons could make it on through the forest glue. In the background, sounding like a P.A. announcement, the gem of Amber all of a sudden found her voice! “Come On”, “Are You Kidding ME” could be heard all of the way through the forest. Up front swamping, leading the slow moving train, I found myself smiling and laughing pretty hard ;-). Welcome to the Detroit waiting to be re-discovered.
With sweat pouring down upon my face I de-mounted on a dry trail island mid way through, gasping for more breath needed to carry me on the rest of the way. As we emerged on the other side of ‘Two-Log-Bridge’ out on the Asphalt boundary trail, we all started to realize that somehow or another the Forest magically gave us new stockings to wear. All the way up to our knees no less and for some all the way up to our helmets! Dark Brown Speckled Body Suits man we styling.
From there we headed East onto Woodward and left for the ½ mile sprint up to the ‘Stone House’. Once there on the porch we all kind of had to smile/chuckle for we all had returned to younger inner child state. Come on and let’s face it, who doesn’t like to play in some mud and get some sort of dirty? While sharing we learned of the ‘Elevated’ porch and second floor which had a pool table and a cool atmosphere.
With just one refreshment on down we were off again to explore the historic Palmer Woods Subdivision. Winding/touring on through we came out across from the seven mile Palmer Park Entrance and hit the side walk down to the pool parking lot. Just for good measure we turned back in for one more swamp run. Amber’s voice was ringing the forest bell once again and as we made it back down via Third Ave. to the place we started, she finished by saying, “Now I am going to have to wash my bike”!
Bike Detroit! J. Meyers bike explorer.