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My first GMR trip

Old 10-12-11, 02:14 PM
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My first GMR trip

Well I finally took Beanz advice and went for GMR. It was a perfect day to attempt, not hot and not cold. My ride started around 945 am and the first 4 miles were tough, had to stop twice to catch my breath.
The road was very empty, no bicycles passed me until the 4 mile mark, and it was a pleasant surprise though. This dude goes flying by me and says hi, he's on a mountain bike and I feel ashamed until I get a good glance at him. He just happened to be a world famous mountain biker, I yell his name and he gives me a thumbs up. Wish I could of got his autograph but there was no way in hell this Fred would catch him. I won't say his name in case that is his secret training ground; clue though, long dark hair and Hispanic.
Anyways, I keep chugging along and some other guys pass me up, I tell them this is my third time up and I am tired, just to hide my fredness a little, don't think they believed me, they kind of laughed.
My goal was to get to that shack for the first time, the one Beanz talks about. I made it, took some time but it was well worth the pain. I took some cool camera phone photos... and garmin connect link below.

Not pretty but I made it...
https://connect.garmin.com/activity/121073117

Proof....................



And found this little guy, he was dead thankfully. Mind you, these are Clyde hands for sizing comparison.


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Congrats on your ride, GMR duing the week is very nice. Most likely Tinker Juarez, I've seen him up there a few times, usually in his big ring and smiling while cruising by at 18mph..
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My clues were to easy, he said "hi" when he passed me up, probably a real friendly guy. The other guys that passed me up, on the way down said "good job," made my day. What a trip, Tinker Juarez, huge tarantula and nice people in general.
I text'd that tarantula photo to my kids, they wanted to know if I brought it back. I was in bike tights and no way in hell was that thing going next to my boys.
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Cool! Dude, I told you you had nothing to worry about.
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Congrats and good job
Il have to schedule some appointments that way to justify the trip and try
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It was hard, not going to kid myself, come up any time Ahultin. Glad I didn't go with Beanz, for some reason I picture him with a whip while pushing me to go up.
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Originally Posted by jeepseahawk
It was hard, not going to kid myself, come up any time Ahultin. Glad I didn't go with Beanz, for some reason I picture him with a whip while pushing me to go up.
Not at all like that. I'm more the type that says, "if you turn back now, you'll feel like a wuss when you reach the bottom.
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Congrats & good job. I had forgotten that the first mile or two is a little steeper. Glad you went in the morning as it was nasty hot on the way home from work at 4pm. Can't imagine what climbing GMR would be like in those temps.
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Thanks, it was perfect weather, got back down around 12 so the heat never let on.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
Not at all like that. I'm more the type that says, "if you turn back now, you'll feel like a wuss when you reach the bottom.
You would have shamed me all the way up. I usually don't give up, might take me a long time but finishing is the goal. The actual climb is not really steep, 2200 feet, just short for 2200 feet. There were some steep areas but that is where, coincidentally, I needed to take photos.
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Originally Posted by jeepseahawk
There were some steep areas but that is where, coincidentally, I needed to take photos.


That last climb, right before the shack, that was the worst and best one for me. Congrats, great job! I've been wanting to go up GMR again.
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That last climb is a kicker, especially after coasting down for 1/2 mile prior to it. That damn shack seemed to get farther away going towards it, right in sight but the road kept winding away from it.
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