Monday, October 31, 2011

Monster Ride on a Monster Day

eyeing a switchback on rowland trail
my halloween contribution... a dead bird, yah that's right

 I gave the middle finger to work today and ventured out on what was hopefully going to be the longest run of the year.

I had planned on doing a Science park to Terwillegar  park and return to Science park ride but in the theme of this year it didn't happen. It was still a big ride nonetheless.

I took a very slow pace knowing I had a long way to go and would have to return the same distance. The thought of bonking because of no energy really played with my head.

giving up on terwillegar, I crossed the bridge at hawerlak and ventured home

The other contributing factor to a slow pace was the amount of pictures I took. A total of 68, I know I had more on other rides but today I even annoyed myself by all the stops. It was an exquisite day out there and I was motivated. Like the picture of the dead bird.... Beauty!

It's a shame about not doing the full ride. I wanted this badly to cap off a rough year,  this would have made things a bit better when I look back on twenty- eleven. I guess it doesn't really matter cause it was a darn good ride even though I didn't make it. I hit Rowland, Ewok, Mackinnon, and all the other good stuff. Mostly on the south side.  Once I came through Mackinnon I rode paved (ya, I know) pretty much all the way back to the Science park.

With November approaching tomorrow the thought of long end to end rides seem to be fading away, maybe I have a chance next weekend if work doesn't get in the way....

the climb out of the valley
the future home of a  new park served by a funicular that will bring people down
to the valley so they can complain about all the mountain bikers.... oh joy
the final push home through the science park 

Happy Saturday