Andy and I made it to the lower lot by about 7:30AM or so and were riding just before 8. The weather was perfect and this early, it wasn't hot yet.
We started across the road up Evergreen Mtn trail east, did the loop up top around Evergreen Mt. and blasted down Evergreen Mt. trail west, dodging bikers, hikers and dogs about every 100 feet.
We crossed the road again at the upper lot and climbed up to the top of the Sisters trail. On the climb up to the Sisters I stalled out on the first relatively easy switchback but then cleaned every remaining tricky rocky obstacle the rest of the way.
After catching our breath at the top we talked about all the injuries from the next section (down the Sisters). Andy told me about Seth Walen's broken collar bone and I reminded him of my nose wheelie off the cliff/lacerated leg incident and his helmet/rock impact crash a couple years back. Despite those lingering memories we rode down pretty fast (Andy did anyway) and then at the bottom we decided to take the Dedisse trail down to the river and back.
The climb up to the the top was a fast zig zaggy obstacle course that was a ton of fun. The descent to the river was a fast obstacle course of other bikers and what I swear was a swarm of Africanized Killer bees. I nearly crashed at high speed while swatting the meanest nastiest one as he stung me on the chest. The guy behind me (who happened to be a pharmacist) advised me to get down to the lake "before you go into anaphalactic shock" because he said he was fresh out of whatever the stuff is that you use to counteract bee stings.
Since I am apparenly not in mortal danger of bee sting poison, I survived the trip down to the river and then the (painful, and now pretty hot) climb back up to the top and to the car.
After talking Andy into having a post ride beer, "Geez, it's not even 10:AM!", I was surprised and kinda disappointed to see that my bee sting was hardly noticible. As other cars streamed into the parking lot we chilled with our beers, counted how many people asked us if we were leaving and talked about Andy's sweet Ace Hardware emblazened Jeep Rubicon that we rode up in.
It was a great ride. Check out the attached jpeg of the route.
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