My legs are beat! ~48 miles ~6300' climbing...and the freeze-thaw made this one tough mudder!
Here are some of the highlights:
1. I have never ridden three of the trails I link together (Sweetwater, Cronin or Olmstead) and have only been on one of the roads used to link them (Pedro Hill) so this truly was an adventure.
2. I started at Sweetwater Trail, but was worried about a break in with my car
parked alone (and a scary looking guy in a van going by), but a few
cars were at Salmon falls so I rode back to the car and drove it back to
Salmon Falls to park. Doh! I forgot to turn off Strava so I am now KOM
on the "Zee Estates Climb" at 34.8 mph (a request has been submitted to remove).
3. I planned an out and back but with the trails getting worse and worse
as I got into Cronin Ranch I knew some of the mud that was frozen would
be a thawed mess and the areas already a mess were not getting any
better. I decided to take Rattle Snake Bar to Salmon Falls after
4. Olmstead Loop was pretty messy in spots...probably should not have been out there but tried to take as much care as possible.
5. The road climbing was a monster! The trip up Pedro Hill was not so
bad, but then add the Oak View up to Olmstead (Pilot Hill Estates) was a
bear for the average Joe (or average James).
Then the climbs on Rattlesnake Bar are monsters (especially when you are
already 30+ miles in). I basically went the easier direction, and some
of those hills still seemed like they were not going to end. Still, no way I am stopping on pavement, but it was tough.
6. Ran out of water going past the cow pasture on Salmon Falls...no
biggie. I just stopped and took a drink from a cow's nip. O.k., not
really, it was just maybe 4 or so miles left, but if I was desperate,
then there would have been one lucky cow.
All in all a good ride. I was in survival mode toward the end but good
Karma was with me. As I came to my car, I ran into a couple guys (Brooks
and David) who had recently finished their ride and they offered me a
brew (my first ever Lagunitas). Damn, that beer tasted good!
One other quick note: Having a light, rigid bike was such a plus on a ride like this. Other than fat tires with ~20psi, I was basically a cross bike. :)
See the ride in the right column or click here: http://app.strava.com/activities/38275150