|That's where we were heading! Up, Up, Up!|
Friday was just Nick and I. A steady pace up Tomichi road, but it took me a while to get my wheels underneath me. The rocks were always winning, bouncing me off my bike. I generally was cranky on the climb because I couldn't seem to apply the right amount of power at the right time. Luckily, the views were enough to distract me from the sloppy riding. Huge mountain views as we climbed from the valley up to treeline and beyond. If I'd been riding alone, I would have been able to to stuff myself with hundreds of tiny alpine strawberries. But alas - Nick waits for little and even alpine strawberries don't make his list.
|One of the many stream crossing on Tomichi Road|
|Top of the road, time to start the Hike a bike!|
|Nick and his orange helmet heading up the single track|
|Vanishing into the enormity of the terrain - me and my bike among the trees and flowers|
On Sunday, we returned to Canyon Creek with Greg. This time the road felt good. I was able to ride more and keep the power steady where and when I needed it. Given that it was the third ride in a big weekend, that was a small victory for me. I'd been worried about recovery after the hours on the bike Saturday. We were following tire tracks up the road and finally caught them at the start of the singletrack. A classic reaction - the two guys looked stunned when I rolled up grinning. I was grinning because I'd actually ridden the entire chunk of road just before the turn off, but they didn't know that... They chatted with Nick for a little while we waited for Greg, then hightailed it up the hike-a-bike ahead of us. I left for the hike-a-bike before Greg got there because I wanted to get some pictures. It was a lovely day and I would finally have time to try and get some good scenic shots.
|Up the climb again, with Greg in the background...|
|Even Greg disappears in the mountains - on the road, just below the stand of trees|
|Starting the hike-a-bike before the boys meant I had time for scenery shots!|
|Waiting just below the summit, looking down onto the trail. The tiny black dot is Greg|
|Nick on the hike-a-bike, getting close to the top|
|Greg - made it to the top!|
|Greg on the descent - ripping it up on his hard tail!|