Pretty cool ride today – mountain unicycling in the crater of an extinct volcano, and it’s only a 10 minute drive from home. True story!
Okay so Mt Franklin these days isn’t a HUGE mountain by any measure – at ~635m it’s more like a large hill – but go back a few years when the volcanic plains in these parts were jam packed with over 400 eruption points things would’ve been a lot different. Mt Franklin still retains the classic volcano shape, which is now shrouded by pine trees. A road passes through a notch cut into the rim providing vehicle access to the recreation area set in the crater and to trails that head up towards the rim.
Ignoring the trees, being inside the crater feels a bit like being in a huge skate park bowl and the ground cover of pine needles make it possible to ride all over the place.
I didn’t have a lot of time to spare so headed up towards the rim, riding around then a few downhill runs. LOTS of fun. I drive past Mt Franklin a couple of times a day, will be keeping a uni in the boot more often 🙂