It was a beautiful fall day here on Kodiak. Both Barny and I did some work until the afternoon, but then it was time to go for a spin. We talked about our choices and Barny lobbied for something long and tough. To link some various trails together, we had to ride down the back side of our local mountain on the rockiest, nastiest, wettest, slippery-est, steepest, gnarliest descent we have. Barny said, "well, I had better ride my 6-Pack." The whole ride was going to be a good 4-hour affair with 2,500' of climbing, but she still was reaching for the FR-lite rig. The Pack was just the tool for the job too: she cleaned the whole descent without walking a single section- a first! She said, "Barny rocks." Upon a moment's consideration, she added, "the 6-Pack rocks."
After riding for so long in Utah, one of the hardest adjustments is being back on slimy, mossy rock coated in decomposing alder leaves. I've wiped twice now expecting traction where there was none.
After dropping from 1,200' nearly back to sea level, we rode through an area where we got chased by a brown bear a while back. There are signs up now.
We actually ran into a bear on our bikes yesterday afternoon, but he was nowhere near a sign. Guess he missed the memo.
After some cruising through the flats, it was uphill again. Steep, loose, broken rock. I had to push a good 20% of the climb, and I hate getting off my bike. Once we got up out of the alders, the gradient lessened, and we had some beautiful views as we made our way to the top.
The light was fading as we rode down the back side of the mountain and began the long spin home, half on trails, half on the road. A lovely afternoon.
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