On Sunday I rode from Newcastle to Foresthill via Hwy 49 and Old Foresthill Road. That meant descending down into the canyon and climbing back out, both ways.
When I got to the bottom of Indian Hill Road I noticed that I'd only ridden 49.4 miles and climbed 4,841'. Unacceptable! I wanted 5,000', so I rode up Chantry Hill Road and the two side streets, then rode through old town Newcastle, dropped down to Taylor Road, and climbed back up to old town via Old State Hwy and Cypress. 51.74 miles and 5,062' of climbing. Much better!
Captured on video were two (hopefully) friendly motorists honking as they passed me on climbs up Foresthill Road, and a motorcycle passing me in the dirt on the side of the road. I heard him coming and looked to my left, expecting to see him in the lane. I didn't think to look right, so I didn't see him until he passed me. Startled me a bit!
I tightened the straps on the GoPro "Chesty" chest mount strap, so the video is a little less bouncy.
This is raw footage. That means heavy breathing on the climbs, so be forewarned!
Here's a video with music of both descents into the canyon (Hwy 49 on the way out and Old Foresthill Road on the way back). I left enough of the raw audio so it's obvious that it's a bike descent and not a car driving down the hill.
This is footage from the ContourHD on the helmet mount, so more of the scenery is visible.
At the end of the ride, I stopped to take the picture of the antique store sign and I spotted a kitty across the street, so I decided to walk over and make friends with her. My helmet cam was still recording, so enjoy the sounds of her adorable purr-meows (turn up the volume!).
Top of descent out of Auburn on Hwy 49
Hwy 49 in Auburn 8% grade sign by kittyz202, on Flickr
Bottom of descent
View of snow-capped Sierras from the parking lot of Worton's Market in Foresthill
Funny antique store sign in Newcastle