I have not posted on this page for a while as I’ve been very busy training for my Pike’s Peak ride coming up on July 21st. This next week is the final push towards that goal.
I traded in my truck for a 2013 Subaru Forester. With freshly tinted windows and a Thule bike rack on the back, I headed eastbound on Saturday. I pulled into Boise, Idaho in time to watch some of the Twilight Criterion. This is a road race which loops the business district of Boise and is part of a national cycling race circuit. There were several different races featuring kids, locals, and professional racers. It was a very exciting event to watch.
I headed out on my bicycle early Sunday morning. It was already warn enough that nothing more than shorts and a light shirt were needed. I passed through the older part of town as I went east towards the mountain. The trees bordering the road and the older homes made for a peaceful beginning to this day.
The cool shade of the residential district faded to that of rock and desert. This ride would be a little over 16 miles to the top and take me from 2,686′ to 6,213′. I stopped 1/2 way up to look back and see Boise in the valley below.
The terrain continued to change as I ground up the mountain. Pine trees dotted the hillside as the grade increased. I made it to the top or so I thought. The ski resort appeared to be the end of the pavement. I still had some energy so I went to exploring further. I crossed the large gravel lot and took a gravel road approximately two miles around the mountain until I started to lose elevation. I returned and took a paved road from the parking lot which took me another couple hundred feet up to the upper ski area and condos. This was well worth the effort as it provided a better view of the area.
I went back to the lower lot where I had lunch near the ski lodge. I met several other cyclists and hikers. Many had taken a car up the mountain and were there for the off road biking and hiking. After a short break I prepared for the rocket ride back down the hill. I had mentally mapped out the return ride and identified hazards on my way up the hill. Rough road, cracks, bumps, and in this case, a cattle guard were items to take note of. I knew that I would be traveling faster than cars so I waited until I had a mile or two gap between the last car and my start. I hit the peals as hard as I could and rarely hit the brakes for the next 40 minutes. 1/2 way down the hill that car in front of me pulled over to let me by. The next time I saw it was in the residential area of Boise.
What a rush!
I am so ready for the Peak.
I’ll see you on the next ride.