Not a very original title. I know. Quite appropriate though, considering it perfectly describes my ride last Saturday.
I started out from our family’s camp site at Lake Siskiyou and headed up along the west fork of the Sacramento River, and what I hoped was out of the smoke.
While the campground was never quite full over the weekend, I was surprised by how many people were randomly camped in undeveloped sites along the river on my way up. It made me miss the old days with my lumber mill buds and the late nights we used to spend camping and 4-wheeling in the middle of nowhere after working the swing shift.
After 12-1/2 miles and 2500′ of climbing, I took the little out and back to Gumboot Lake.
In search of more miles, I was fortunate to find a couple gravel roads to explore at the top of the mountain.
So there ya have it. The rest of the ride was just a bomb back down the hill. Beautiful and fun in its own way. I gotta say, I’m very excited to get back down to the area above and around Castle Crags. Those roads and those lakes need to be visited by me. On a bike. But, maybe not in the smoke.
Local cyclist, crazy mofo, and good-natured masochist, Aaron Mock, is a Team Cycle Analysis rider with a penchant for taking the road less traveled. Sometimes, that isn't the best choice. Follow his weekly blog series for the latest on his never-ending escapades and exploits!