Saturday, August 8, 2009

End of the Road

New scenery made my ride fairly fantastic today.

My Google-maps route had me turning on this road. I was somewhat fearful of how many high mountains it might take me over. Turns out much of the road is a false flat - I felt as if I was going backwards on flat ground for over an hour. Thankfully the scenery was awesome and the lack of cars even better.

My first planned route was scrapped and I resorted to "Plan B route" when I realized the road I was going to turn on was gated. And dirt.

Hi Mountain Road finally started to look like it would take me over a mountain pass, instead of just taunting me with false flats. Shortly after I took this picture I rounded a corned and said several bad words out loud, to no one in particular. I'm not sure what the actual % grade was, but I did the paper route all the way up. At one point I thought I was going to have to walk the Kestrel up, it was so steep.

This is what I found at the top of my paper route. A large yellow sign that was laughing at me. The only good part was being able to scream down the hill again, in about 1/3 the time it took me to climb it.

Thankfully, the more tired my legs got, the more beautiful the scenery seemed to get.

I am not ashamed to admit that when the tandem train, being pulled by a couple twice my age came charging by and invited me to jump on, I gladly did so.