I read with interest the article concerning bicycling in Stillwater. Missed was what I consider the best cycling experience in this area.
My son introduced me to mountain biking. We rode the trails in Marin County, where mountain biking was created. Since then, I have never ridden my road bikes again. But I ride my mountain bikes on the section roads surrounding Stillwater, 30 to 40 miles once a week year round.
There are seemingly an infinite number of routes to take, each chosen depending on wind direction (ride into the wind first). The road conditions change from week to week, from the worst with new gravel, uphill, and the wind in your face, to the best with hard pack, downhill, and the wind at your back.
The time of day and the day of the week determine the few number of cars encountered. Blowing dust from cars is a problem only if there is no wind or if it is blowing toward you. Then you must hold your breath a few seconds and wait for clean air.
Many drivers slow down to prevent blowing dust. I signal my thanks to them. I never found drivers so kind when road biking. Maybe now I will see more of you on the dirt roads?