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Old 09-10-07, 10:38 PM
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High Sierra Ride Report And Pics

Mammoth Lakes is one of my favorite places in the U.S. Initially it was because of snowboarding but now it's because of cycling. Lara and I traveled up on Thursday afternoon to get this vacation started. We picked up our packets at Footloose that night, went to John's Pizza joint and had a little bit of everything and headed back to the hotel to plan our next day. Friday morning Travis and Easy E (Eric) were headed to town so we figured the 4 of us would meet along the course and do a nice ride. Well as luck would have it.....Lara and I started midway on the century course and Travis and Eric started around mile 20. You would have thought we would have planned it better but with no cell service on the course that's how it panned out. Lara and I started our ride climbing and rolled up to Wildrose Summit. We wanted to see if it was indeed as hard as it seemed last year. Well I knew for sure the climb up to the base of Wildrose was hard as heck. When we got to the top we rode down a bit and decided to turn around and do it again just to see if it would be hard the second time around. To me it was easier...to Lara it was harder. But I think she was BSing when she said that cause heck she was still in front of me Anyhow we decided to head back down and go see what Benton was like. We had passed some beautiful scenery and wanted to check it out. We took some more pictures rode around a little and headed back to the truck. We stopped an ate, went back to the hotel and showered and by then Travis and Eric were finished riding. Also Cyn, Hollywood, Ken (steinmart ), Dr. Dog, Al and Brenda came into town. They went to check into their condo - Lara also was rooming in the condo so she left. We all agreed to meet up at Johns Pizzeria. About 20 minutes into ordering and some eating, MKadam68 and his family come in. Our group got bigger. We all sat around eating and laughing and listening to stories before we parted ways.

Century day for everyone but me. I had pre-planned to only do about 75 miles - up to the photcrazy camera which is conviently placed after you summit Wildrose. I wasn't supposed to be riding at all so I agreed with my husband I would do the 45 miler - NOT. I was gonna ride with everyone else and get my last picture before I hung up my bike for a month. So we then switched the agreement to 75. We would all ride together and then at lunch he would make his move and finish strong so he could pick me up. He knew I would keep on riding so he was gonna ride hard. I was secretly hoping perhaps he would slow down and once I got to mile 85 heck I may as well finish the course So right after he left the lunch stop - everyone left. The group splintered into smaller groups. Everyone trying to catch everyone. I rode with a guy name Sean from L.A. and while we were chatting I could still see Lara and Hollywood in front of me.......that sighting didn't last long. I sent a local las vegan up to chase them down. I knew the second he pulled up to Hollywood and Lara they would bust a move.......and they didn't disappoint. They took off which was stupid cause the guy I was rollin with was slowing down. I said my goodbyes and headed for Wildrose....that long grind up to the base was interrupted by Tammy. Mark's wife, Imagine that.........at mile 69.77 she pulls up to pick me up....... I told her I needed to climb wildrose, take my picture and be done and she could wait for me at mile 75. As I crested the Summit I didn't see the truck, so I figured maybe she was gonna drive back and check on Mark.......yippee........I started pedaling away thinking if I can make it to mile 85 I am home free.....as I am about to take my picture I see my truck on the side of the road......that's the disappointing face you will see on photocrazy Great ride. Dinner party afterwards with all my friends thrown by the CONDO CREW.


Lara getting ready to ride the day b4 the Century


The long road up toward Wildrose


Getting ready to head down Wildrose


First ride to the Summit


Our ride down toward Benton.


I didn't take any photos during the ride but Lara and Mark did.
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Woo Hoo!!! Great job to ride that route. I went through Benton when I did the Eastern Sierra Double and that was a great ride!

I hope that it was not too hot!
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Ok, I just got yelled at by Asia for not posting my ride report soon enough, so here goes . . .

As Asia wrote, it was a great weekend with a terrific group of people. We had a fun day on Friday taking our sweet time riding, shopping the bike sales, eating, etc.

Asia looking down to the road below Wildrose

Asia on Wildrose


Once everyone arrived into town we put our game plan together and agreed to roll out together on Saturday morning. It was a chilly morning, which was almost welcome compared to the 110 degree ride last weekend in the Valley of Fire.

The group was ready to roll out at 7:00am.


We warmed up by the time we hit the first climb up Deadman Summit.


The train kicked into high gear as we cruised past Mono Lake and into the forest.

Cyn, Al & Eric

Travis hammin' it up for the camera


Rolling along at a nice pace - gotta love the draft factor!


The course took us through the forest and some of us stopped at rest # 2 to shed arm warmers and jackets and to refuel. We continued to climb out of the forest and up to Sagehen Summit, which was the highest elevation on the course at 8139'. After Sagehen we knew it was a nice downhill and a smooth roll to the lunch stop at mile 53. Asia and I heard the familiar "jing jing" of a bell on a tandem coming up fast behind us, so we thought we would try to hop on and ride their wheel to lunch . . . yeah, right. They were flying!! We pedaled for about 30 seconds and then looked at each other and stopped pedaling - it was a futile effort.

Travis, Asia, Cyn & Eric grabbing some grub

Al and Doc enjoying a well-deserved break
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As Asia mentioned, Travis was supposed to head out fast after lunch so he could pick up the car and come back to get her at the top of Wildrose. So, Travis and Eric headed out from the lunch stop first. Then Cyn, Al and Doc took off leaving Asia, Hollywood and myself to bring up the rear. Hollywood wasn't too pleased the group took off without him, so we needed to make up some ground. I tucked in behind his wheel and we gradually rode past biker after biker. Hollywood would want me to tell you that we dropped/popped/rolled, etc. past anyone that tried to hitch onto our train. He wasn't having any of that!! We climbed up to the base of Wildrose and hammered to the top. As we came over the crest I saw a group leaving the rest stop and I yelled "that's them . . . don't stop, don't stop!" We saw the rest of our crew and pushed on to catch up with them. In no time we had rolled up to the group - much to their suprise!

From here there was a bit more climbing as we made our way through Watterson Pass. We stopped to regroup one last time at the final rest stop. It was going to be a nice long downhill run from here as we headed into the homestretch.

Cyn, Al, Doc and Eric getting ready before the final decent


Eric, Al, Doc and Hollywood saw a tandem team take off and they decided that was their ticket for a fast finish back to the parking lot. Cyn and I hit the road too, but we quickly fell off the back since we are lighter and smaller and the winds were quite heavy. Cyn gave it all she had to catch the group as they rounded Crowley Lake (you go, girl ), but both of us had to be content to settle into our own pace and just cruise to the finish.

Happy Sign


I finished the 94 miles in 5hrs 55 minutes, averaging 15.7 MPH. That was a huge difference compared to last year when I rode this for the first time. Last year it took me over 8 hours on the bike, and I was on the course for 10 hours! I think Travis and Asia were ready to send out a search party for me!!

Anyhow, we all gathered around the food (go figure) after the ride to recap the events of the day. Ken (Steinmart) rode 54 miles for his first time on this course. Way to go, Ken! Everyone had a great time and enjoyed a relaxing (I can say this now that the ride is over) ride in one of the most beautiful areas in the West.

Relaxing after the ride

Steinmart happy to be finished

Mkadam after the ride

Cyn explaining the finer points of NOT dropping her on the ride!
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I dream of the day when I can say "only 75 miles".

Looks like fun, though the straightaways seem kind of dull with nothing fun to look at, having people to ride with helps.
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After this long ride we were all ready to eat (again), so it was back to the condo for a fajita fiesta. Mark and Tammy and their family joined us, as did Al's lovely wife Brenda. Cyn kept us all well fed as we spent time joking, laughing, and of course talking about the ride some more.

Tammy and Brenda listening to all of the foolishness

Travis and Asia at the fiesta

Cyn self-portrait


The next morning after dragging Hollywood out of bed and cleaning his bike for him we headed out for a nice easy (??) 16 mile loop that turned out to be mostly uphill.

Doc being Hollywood's bike b**ch


It was a gorgeous morning, and nobody was in a hurry to leave town, so we kept an easy pace. I've included some photos from that short ride, because it was just so darn purdy that mornin'. Don't we all look happy?! Thanks to everyone for making this such an awesome weekend - I had a blast. I'm already putting it on my calendar for next year . . .

Sunday rolling out

Regroup at scenic loop turnoff

Recovery ride group

Hollywood, Al & Doc

Sunday's hilltop view


For those of you who want to see all of the photos taken this weekend, here's a link to my photo album - ENJOY!! I certainly had fun taking them . . . although I need to learn to ride faster with one hand so my action shots don't look blurry.

https://s209.photobucket.com/albums/b...moth%209-8-07/
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Mkadam after the ride
Oh sure...out of focus and food in my mouth!!
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Originally Posted by mkadam68
Oh sure...out of focus and food in my mouth!!

Do you like this one better?

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Do you like this one better?

Gee...hope I didn't break that camera! AT least no butt-shots...
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Here's a few of my contributions:

Early in the ride, we climb up past the turn-off to Mammoth Lakes.


Tim climbs Sagehen...


And makes it to the top!


After lunch, we headed off toward Wildrose!
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Nice photos everyone! Too bad that I missed it, maybe next year. The Amtrak Century was a blast and I went rock climbing in San Diego instead of doing a recovery ride.

Mammoth sure looks different without snow.

Look forward to riding with you guys soon.
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Awesome report and photos, Asia. Your group is such a blast. All of you look amazing and the ride stunning. Glad you had another great ride.
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Nice photos. At times the terrain looks a bit like the surface of the moon. Very arid.
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You guys ROCK. HARD. ALWAYS.
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The girl in pink seriously just stole my heart away.

I need her:
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asap.
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Garrett Gang,

What a fun-tastic voyage...from the moment we rolled into Mammoth Lakes until the moment we saw those bloody Super-Trooper lights flashing behind us on the return!! Damn Doc, you must have taken in a driving lesson from Hollywood from our last trip to Cali?!

Thanks to each of you for a GREAT trip! I enjoyed every moment of the weekend and what a great ride to boot...even down to the last stretch where Hollywood, Dr. Dog, Al (aka...Hammerhead), and Easy-E dropped us ladies like we were hot potatoes! No Mercy!!

The post-ride dinner party was a blast! Fajitas were the bomb! So, my shout outs:

HUGE shout-out to Shortstuff and Brenda for all your help in the kitchen! Together we pulled off the dinner party like we were pros!! Thank you Travis and Hollywood for always taking care of my mechanical issues (on the bike that is). Asia, thanks for being the sunshine of the group and keeping the Garrett Gang together and in tow. And last but not least, thanks to my roomie Shortstuff for being so much fun and taking all the wonderful pictures...you have mad skillz spinning and snapping shots!!

Since this trip, I am definitely motivated to do two things:

1) Buy a smaller camera so that I can contribute...carrying my current camera would be equivalent to carrying the old 'Night at the Roxbury' cell phone that is connected to the tote bag!

2) Move to the front of the pack on the flats so that someone else gets some butt-shot action. Don't get me wrong...I like the butt-shots...just not my own! :-)

or...

3) Drink more beer so I can get faster on the descent!

Until next time,

Ride Hard....Spin Happy!!!

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Originally Posted by Pheard
The girl in pink seriously just stole my heart away.

I need her:
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asap.

Thanks Pheard...Glad you like the socks!!
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Originally Posted by cynfulbod
Thanks Pheard...Glad you like the socks!!
I like more than the socks. RAWRR.

Ok I'm just playing. Hehe.
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Hey, that's cool! So you like the color pink....real men wear pink!!

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Hey, that's cool! Hear you like the color 'pink'! You know....real men wear pink!! lol
Cyn, beyond being drop dead gorgeous (as all you Vegas hottie hot chicks are), you are also too cute. I love that your avatar and your sig are the same.
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Thanks Merider...knew there was a reason I liked you so much when I met you in the Baldy Village!
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Thanks Merider...knew there was a reason I liked you so much when I met you in the Baldy Village!
Ditto...I just wish you all lived closer. That...or I lived in Vegas. I noticed some hottie hot hairy specimans in those photos too! Asia and Travis draw quite the crowd.
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Hairy...maybe from the thighs up! We encourge all our boyz to sport bi-atch legs!
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Hairy...maybe from the thighs up! We encourge all our boyz to sport bi-atch legs!
Oh, yes, I simply meant, hairy in all the right places. I like a little hair on the chest for cushioning.
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