Well I finally got a chance to take my Rey out to MDO for a ride. I also remembered the camera this time! MDO is a state park just outside of Los Osos and about 12 miles from San Luis Obispo. Weather was perfect for my overweight frame at 65 deg so overheating would not be a problem. No action shots unfortunately as the sum total of riders/hikers/horseback riders I met on the trails today equaled 0.
So lets get started with a shot of the bike on Islay Creek road which starts the ride.
Islay Creek is a nice 3 mile warm-up since it is a rolling fire road that doesn't have much in the way of steep climbing (that comes later)
After the 3 mile leg strecher we reach the East Boundary trail head, pain now lies just around the corner.
I have no idea how far this trail takes to climb to the top but my lungs and legs were screaming at me for most of it. (as usual this photo cannot show the steepness of the trail, or the demon water bar humps that made it even more difficult).
Looking back the way we've come, you can see Islay Creek road on the right of the picture indicating we have gained some altitude. We still have more to climb, no rest for the weary (I rested though ).
Wow we are at the top of the East Boundary trail now, it took a lot out of me to get here.
Just after the top I had to stop (again!) for a shot of some California poppies.
Another look at the flowers and bike.
Not 2 minutes after I got started after taking this picture I was on the ground with the Rey sitting on top of me. Classic over the bars moment when I got shuffled into a rutted part of the trail the suddenly veered off to the side and had a large hump that stopped even the awesome rolling ability of the 29" wheels. All turned out well since the bike escaped damage by using me as a shock absorber. I didn't fare as well but escaped with a bruised thigh and a few scrapes. This did however slow my ride down at bit and I forgot to get any more photos.
The climb of East Boundary didn't go as well as I'd hoped but I can attribute some of that to a long hike I took yesterday, my legs just didn't have the pop or energy that they sometimes have. More training is needed I guess. Overall the bike worked great and I had lots of fun once I picked my self up after the fall. The trail has a lot of fun twisty bits that I didn't get photos of but the El Rey just ate that stuff up.
After getting back to the car it was time for lunch at Spooner's Cove (you can see the cove in the background of the first picture). Not a bad way to spend a day in March.
Thanks for reading.
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