Numbers are just numbers though, what counts is the riding, and that has been great. Brian and I drove down to the Kenai last Friday afternoon and stopped off at the Res Pass TH in Cooper to dump water before doubling back to Moose Pass to do a 14 mile round trip ride from the south end of Johonson Pass to Johnson Creek, The trail was in fantastic shape, no mud and only a bit weedy in the usual places. It was pretty sweet to be hammering Kenai single track after work too.
After the ride we headed to Sharon and Dave's cozy little cabin in Moose Pass and fueled up for a big day with lasagna, Mooses Tooth pizza and liquid carbs.
Saturday dawned a bit gray, and we all headed about an hour north and west to Hope and up the hill to the Res Pass north TH.
The game plan for Brian and I was to ride from Hope and back. A big crew of folks were out though, all doing different point-to-point legs and out-and-backs on Res and Devils, so it felt social in a way, even though everyone was sort of doing their own thing.
|Brian rides over East Creek.|
|Looking north from the Hope overlook, the skies beginning to part.|
|Nearing the pass, looking north.|
Cue Robin Williams: "not with a straight stick, with a little fucked up stick."
|Can't get enough of this view.|
We made it to Cooper landing under sunny skies, but on the return, a storm came tearing out of the south, and by the time we hit Swan lake the sky was spittng. At the pass, temps dropped to 47 and it was nasty, but we got through the alpine and made it back below tree line. The trail was so try to begin with even the rain didn't make things too bad.
|Ride stats. "Time" in the upper left is pedal time only, elapsed time was 10 hours.|
|Despite the rain, the mud never got too bad.|
|Slow fishing means taking a few pictures.|
|We started our Thursday morning with a dead tree dislodging from the bank and falling into the boat. Who needs coffee?|
|Sockeye on cream cheese bagels for lunch. We roll in style.|