There is nothing quite like the feeling you have pulling out that first day on a ride like this. All the planning, packing, bike prep is done and you are finally executing the plan. No more list checking or farkling to do, just get in the saddle and twist the throttle. Try not to be stupid and let the days unfold. That feeling is what makes us all keep doing it right?
The rain the night before fell as snow on some of the passes, but we could see it burning off pretty quickly the next morning. We were greeted with a fantastic sky and great riding temps as we rolled toward Hancock pass. The morning could not be better.
Climbing Hancock was the first of many highlights for me. It has some challenging bits and very rewarding views.
On the way up.
I think Mr. Davis is happy to be here. We were all stoked.
The guys decending the switchbacks on the back side of Hancock.
Hancock pass from Tomichi.
Todd considers refilling his camelback team overkill style.
We had a relaxing stop here for some delicious energy bars. As we sat there a fellow drove by in a tiny smart car. Some of the tough terrain had turned him around. I wonder if it was a rental.
The se is tall, Iím not. So I share the short leg thing Todd mentioned earlier. Every stop is an exercise in planning so I can get the side stand down and be able to re mount the bike without falling.
Todd arrives at Waunita pass.
A few on the way to Lake City. Rain was on our tail and gaining ground.
Lake City the next morning.
More to comeÖ