Yesterday was supposed to be a rest day for me. My legs are sore from a lot of cycling and hiking last week and we are doing several summits (hiking) this week as well.
So much for that plan. My buddy convinced me to join him on the Left Hand-St. Vrain loop. The last two times we tried it, we turned around at Ward because of lightning. Well, yesterday was perfect and I got my first descent down the St. Vrain. It is a great road for descending. Aside from one area of damaged shoulder, I think it is probably the best descent on the front range. It is smooth and gentle. No braking and I don't think we went over 35.
Well, we did lock our brakes up once when a bighorn sheep jumped in front of us. We were going about 30 and it was separated from its herd on the other side of the road. We both saw it coming and started to brake, and a good thing. It jumped right in front of us. We managed to avoid it and each other, but the skid wore through my tire (no threads showing before the ride) which led to a flat later on.
Before the Vrain, we did a real fast descent on the Peak to Peak. Hit 47 MPH. I think that is the fastest I have ever gone on my bike. I am just glad I didn't look at my speed during the descent.
Great ride, but I didn't have the legs for it. I was chasing my buddy the whole way and we are usually equal.
Can't wait to hit that one again!