The Long Version:
|A view of the road leading up to the Lick Observatory|
Yeah, that was a short lived feeling as a few miles later (~55 miles into the ride) I flatted. No problem, I brought two tubes and two CO2 cartridges. First tube would not hold air, it was DOA with air leaking right out of the base of the valve stem. Ruh-roh! I took care with the next tube and was relieved that it was holding air. I was a bit stressed about falling back again so I guess I tried too quickly to get the tube set up. Within two minutes, it was flat (most likely pinched during my rush job). There I was, no more air, no pump. Thank God I was wearing my comfy mtb shoes. I walked ~5 miles until I reached the Junction (bar/restaurant/store in the middle of BFE). Thought a few times how if I would have joined the other ride, I would have been done by now! Only three vehicles passed me. A two seater convertible, a sherrif SUV and a Ford Truck. No one stopped, even though I tried to wave them down. I was now 25 miles from the end of the ride and no one at the Junction was heading to Patterson, so I waited, and waited for Kane (my ride) to realize I never made it back...and eventually he did return and get me. Dang, that was one long day.
Three Important Lesson(s) learned:
1. Use your hands to roll the tire on to the wheel. Using the tool you are likely to pinch the tube.
2. Carry a pump! It is already strapped to my bike and ready for the next flat.
3. Stick to the mtb for long tough rides. The road bike is for recovery or fun, scenic rides.
Meh, who am I kidding, I would so do that ride again!The climb was awesome and the views breathtaking (or is it the other way around?).