It was nice that they used a number system, if not I would of needed more tape! The grouping of trails pretty much finished the legs off and the ride almost ended up on the top of a picnic table. Tyler and I were descending the 305 and when we came out into a camping area I saw a table. I rolled up to it and in one move rolled from my bike seat to laying on my back on top of the table. Cooked! The problem was, we had to get back over the hill to make it home, which meant over an hour of climbing and about 2 total hrs on the bike left! So we set there for a bit and contemplated our options, yes one of them was to have Michelle pick us up! We quickly ruled that one out though!
So after some table setting we sucked it up and headed for home! I really think the only thing that got me moving again was a double chocolate PRO bar, all I can say is Cocoa Pebbles! Mmmm!
Overall the day was not a waste, we made it to the top of Spruce Mountain, 7,600 and some odd feet in elevation.
Our other favorite trail in the area was the tire eater! Or as the locals called it the Black Canyon Trail. Over the course of the 2 weeks we rode the entire 79 miles in both directions. The last day Ryan was there we actually rode it from Meyer down to the Black Canyon Trailhead which turned out to be 6 hrs of saddle time! Sweet. The 6 hours were made better with the first hr of the ride all downhill, you have to love it when this is your Garmin profile, at least till you turn around:
With the day planned, Ryan thought he should do some calisthenics before getting going?? Its RK?:
In the end, this turned out to be our longest day, 6 hrs ride time. 6.5 hrs with the flats and chit chat breaks!
So after everyone left us, it was down to Michelle and I to hit the roads for the trip cross country home. We were loaded down with bikes and after some texts with Mikey I decided to call it the Peariso Non-Neutral Support Vehicle:
We narrowly missed a take over in New Mexico by an enemy that we could not see. They had the biggest arrows ever though!
You can tell Michelle was driving at the time by the skew of the roadside barrel! She is a speed demon in the new car!
After we avoided this attack, I thought we were safe for the trip home! First Michelle's life was in danger after we left Albuquerque! We did not find a latte from there all the way till we hit Wichita!! Not good, then the only stop in Wichita that we found was Starbucks! Really!! No one in east New Mexico, the pan handle of Texas, or the pan handle of Oklahoma drinks espresso!! Must have something to do with bull riding and upholding an image? Or there head has hit the ground so many times that it has knocked their sense of taste all of of whack and folgers tastes the same? This could also explain chicken fried steak??
So things calmed after I found caffeine, that is until we heard that there were MTB trails in Lawrence Kansas and we decided to stop for the night and ride the next morning. Ooops! This was Saturday night, can you say final four! Shows you how much I care. Anyway, the first half did not go real well and Michelle and I did not want to stand around and witness what could happen if they lost:
Saw some pretty god sidewalk spills while walking the streets that made the stop worth while! Anthoer thing that made the stop worth while:
So after a ride at the Clinton Lake Trails, we loaded up for the last time and made it back to the house late on Sunday night to complete the road trip! Next up, Cohutta!