I’m not gonna lie. I’ve wanted to post blogs, write about adventures, share stuff. The truth is, I haven’t really felt like I’ve done anything on a bike in such a long while that would warrant the amount of time it takes me to put an entry together. I’m not the quickest at this sort of thing.
In reality, I’m not even sure this last weekend’s ride will catch anyone’s fancy. But, I was so impressed with the fellas I rode with, and the determination they showed, that I want to share our little piece of adventure.
Having done the route 3 times in the past, and thinking people would love it as much as I do, I posted an open invite on Facebook. I didn’t sugar coat it in the description. It’s a lot of climbing over a short distance and the descent back down to the car can be pretty bumpy at times. Maybe that’s why only 5 people, including Ruth and myself showed up!
We parked just over the California border at the end of Applegate Lake and headed for Carberry Creek Road at a little past 8 am.
It wasn’t long after we started up the first big climb that Ruth’s bike experienced a mechanical issue. After 10 minutes of me applying my vast (minute) knowledge of bike repair, she was forced to turn back and call it a day. Though she was able to get a solid 35 miles of her own, there was no way she was going to be able to climb what was ahead of us without her granny gear. She’s strong. But, she isn’t Shawn Dingman strong.
With most of the climbing behind us, I tried my luck at talking the fellas into doing a 2 mile out and back to little Hinkle Lake. My memory said there was a little bit of climbing, but it wasn’t bad.
Well, it wasn’t good.
With some stretches reaching 20% and more than a couple downed trees to get over/under/around, I might not have been the most popular host during that portion of the ride….
When all the hoopla was over, there was nothing to do but enjoy the final 17 miles of mostly fast, bumpy, wrist-rattling descent.
After the flat repair, it was pretty much, um, not smooth sailing. But, sailing nonetheless. 7 hours, 42 miles, and 5600 feet of climbing later, we were done.
I seriously want to give a shout out to the fellas. You guys are an inspiration, a joy to ride with, and just all around good dudes. Thanks for making Saturday as awesome as I could have imagined.