Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
Ride in the Mnts with Fellow Clyde Hillbasher
So I get the call late lastnight, "Dude, you want some of me?" Eek! Sounds serious so yeah, ok! I wasn't planning on it but what the heck! Again, another one of those guys,"I'm old, I'm slow, I can't climb" then they try to rip your legs off!
After our last ride I'm thinking HB must have been sandbaggin' last week cause this week his was blazin'! Weather was nice but pretty (you kow whatin') windy on a few sections. Going across eastfork was like climbing GMR. Well after my lungs settle in and I warm up, it turns out to be a nice ride since we are both pretty much at about the same level for Clydes!
The plan is to do Big GMR, eastfork, hwy 39 to west fork, do west fork then back down. But as we reach westfork, worker dude says it's closed but we can take our chances since all signs say "closed". My luck, I'm getting the one and only ticket handed out to a cyclist. I can't afford a $500 ticket and I can't aford to be deported so I pass on that section. So we headed up towards the gate heading out to Crystal Lake since I have even driven that directionin over 20 years. Wow, I didn't realize it was that civilized. I was expecting a one lane dirt road shabby ride. We ride up to the gate just to check it out and again, wow! HilBasher offers to ride with me up to Crystal Lake but not today. I haven't go the water and not so sure about drinking form the spring eventhough HB says it's fine. I'm just not a risk taker. I tell HB that I'd be a little more excited about the climb if we were to start at Encanto and work our way up. SO who knows, maybe soon! All in all a good day and a good ride other than the windy sections heading DOWN (?) Hwy 39! OH oh oh, and after heading back across Sierra Madre, having to climb that little hill by Boulder Springs is painful, ouch!
Smoke in the background is from the bike, not the machinery!
Making his move for the breakaway!
The "I'm ready to dish out somemo " look!
Next time !...Crystal Lake