Thursday, May 22, 2014
I squeezed in time to ride the Jerdon Mountain Challenge loop. I wanted to see how long it would take me at a slow and steady pace. My legs were tired from the weekend and now riding 3 days in a row. (wow, I know, 3 days, 3 rides!!).
So, I headed up Kitsuma, and down the other side, meandering, cruising. I saw a lizard scurry off the trail. The wind was howling as if a storm was blowing in, but there were hardly any clouds. Temps in the upper 70's, everything was awesome.
A chipmunk scurried across the trail and I greeted him, he didn't respond. I went around a bend and down and there 15 yrds in front of me, trotting along the trail was a full sized coyote. That really made my day and made me smile. It ran in front of me for about 40 yards then darted up through the rhododendron.
I made my way slowly up the pavement to Lower Heartbreak then up and over Star Gap. Onto Jarret's Creek Rd, I was still feeling good and I was maintaining my slow and steady pace.
The gravel road was fast and it took a bit longer than I remembered, but I finally got to Curtis Creek. Only the pavement grind remained, with the last climb up Point Lookout Trail. At the bottom of the trail I came across some motorcycle tourists, who thought Old 70 would be open to ride. I directed them to Mill Creek Rd and then headed up. My legs were dead tired. It was getting warm now, mid 80's and the wind was still howling. I spun my way up and was glad to see the truck.
Exactly 3 hrs. That's what it used to take me on my training rides 4 yrs ago, the last time I attempted ORAMM. That's good to know.
Posted by Stephen at 6:53 AM