An adventurous group of thirty cycling enthusiasts saddled up and hit the dusty roads that wander through the Kaweah lakebed. On Saturday evening, Oct. 20, Visalia Cyclery hosted the fourth annual Haunted Night Ride and BBQ.
This event started in 2014 with a few of the shop’s employees taking a casual expedition around the lake bottom. It has now grown to include bike shop customers, friends and locals.
This family-friendly ride includes a course that totals about 15 miles. It begins and ends at the Kaweah Recreation Area parking lot.
The ride follows a dirt road to Horse Creek Campground, then cuts across the lake bed to Slick Rock where riders turn around and head back. At one point, the riders follow the original highway to Three Rivers that was relocated to its present location when Terminus Dam was constructed in 1962.
On the same evening, a large group on horseback were also preparing for their own night ride from Horse Creek Campground’s horse camp. They let the cyclists go ahead of them, meaning no horses were spooked during this haunted ride.
A mountain bike with lights is a must on this ride. Having a bit of riding experience helps, although it’s not a technically challenging course.
Oh, and a dust mask is a great idea.
Riders returned to the parking lot to be greeted with hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings.
If interested in information about upcoming area rides or nearby races, contact either of the two bike shops in Visalia: Visalia Cyclery, (559) 732-2453; or Sierra Bicycle Werks (559) 741-0700.