|Selma is ready to rock|
As I pedaled over to Ft. Boise to meet Pete for our ride I realized that I was still feeling the pace of the Thursday Night Ride, aka TNR, with the Eastside Cycles crew. My stoke level was super high but my legs were heavy. Being a great guy, Pete showed me no mercy and dropped his 32x20 hammer on the Orchard/Watchmans climbs. I was lubing the top tube with drool. The next time I ride with Pete I need to bring the metal sledgehammer and not my plastic toy hammer. Doh! The trails were surprisingly empty for a gorgeous Saturday morning and we had Watchman’s to ourselves.
|Pete Ross off the front on Watchmans|
With the Cream Puff being a week away, Saturday was to be a nice 3-hour shakedown ride on Selma and I even broke out the Enve race wheels for the dress rehearsal. Selma is ready to rock.
Pete needed to bail a little early so I circled back to where I “thought” M might be riding and I met up with her on her descent of Shane’s. She had stopped to say hello to Cairo, a handsome 2 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback out for a hike with his owner. M and I finished out the ride together. Whenever possible, we try to end our rides on Red Cliffs so we can huck sick air on the mini-tabletops. Did you notice my proper usage of “huck” and “sick air” in the same sentence? Yeah, I am hip like that.
|M and her new buddy Cairo|
I was looking forward to Sunday’s ride all week. M and I had planned to explore the trails just below Bogus Basin Resort. Cory was nice enough to share a GPX file from his BIG RIDE the previous week so I loaded in into Topofusion and created the route I wanted. Let me just say right now, the East Side Trail rocks! The temp was 15F cooler up there and we were in the trees for 80% of the ride. A lot of folks park lower on the Bogus Basin Rd but I wanted to experience the whole enchilada, up and down, so we parked at the top of East Side and descended all the way down to the bottom.
|Eastside to Stack Rock to Big Stack to Mr Big to Sinker Creek and back out Eastside|
It is well worth the 30 minute drive to get up there but it will also be cool to ride from town up to these trails on big ride days.