By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
All the serious bikers laugh when I mentioned the term downhill biking. Everyone knows that when you go downhill you must eventually go back up again. But they haven’t been cycling with me.
I have found several good places to get around on two wheels that require very little effort. Usually we like level spots and there aren’t too many of them in Middle Tennessee.
When my endurance for getting up the hills began to wane, I didn’t want to give up the feel of the wind in my face sailing along on my bike. I started looking for easier trails to ride.
The level ones are the easiest to maneuver since you can make a circle and get back to the starting point where your car is waiting to transport you back home.
A nice long ride is out at Long Hunter State Park and the back roads are not very busy with traffic, a real plus on the safety side. Another flat area is at Cedars of Lebanon Park where the roads inside the park and several others near the Murfreesboro side are easy circles and can take you miles on either side of Highway 231 through narrow country roads where you might see deer, turkey and Glade wild flowers.
But when my endurance is at its lowest, I look for the long hills where I can just coast and ride the breaks the whole way down. I usually will find someone at home along the route and get them to pick me up at the bottom and drive me back up the hill to my car with the bike rack. I sometimes resort to hitching a ride back up the hill and many people are ready to oblige.
A topographical map helps to find the best spots that usually parallel a stream or river. And if you are really an adventurer, you can combine the biking with a canoe trip like I have done several times on the north side of Dowelltown or on Little Cedar Creek in the Tuckers Crossroads area.
If you want more specifics, just give me a call, and I might even accompany you on a trip.
Editor’s Note: Dr. George Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.