My route started on Flood Rd. and I rode these trails in this order: Flood--Stagecoach--Clementine--Connector--FHDL--Connector--Fuel Break--Culvert--Confluence--Stagecoach--back to Car.
My goal for this ride was to only pedal enough to not fall over thus saving everything for the ~5000' of climbing (see Strava to the right). Some of the trails were a tad moist and naturally steep, so I ended up off the bike a handful of times (only for a few moments) due to loosing traction, but what-evah! In spite of blowing snot the entire ride I was able to press on and muscle up the Stagecoach climb at the end for a slow, but strong finish.
A good day.
*This 2nd ride with the Niner Rigid Fork was a real test and it performed wonderfully. In fact, other than being tired, I feel surprisingly good after the ride. I honestly might have more elevation gain during the last three months in Auburn that the previous seven months in NC.
|The lone pic taken near the start of the ride, on the Flood Trail.|