Adventures aren’t had sitting at your desk. But you can certainly plan them there.
On Thursday morning I was sitting at my desk feeling a little low. What I need, thought I, is an adventure.
Just me and Pumpkin Butter. But it needs to be somewhere different. Somewhere I can drive to in the Rogue. Thus was born a spontaneous adventure called #roguepumpkin.
I decided to head north, since it was supposed to be quite hot down south. Decided I really wanted to ride Avenue of the Giants. So I plotted out a route, started examining the segments, and realized I had accidentally plotted the exact route that the Tour of the Unknown Coast takes. (Regarded as one of CA’s toughest centuries).
Left on Friday and it took 7 hours to drive to the north end of the Avenue. Stayed in a hotel in Loleta, CA.
The ride itself started with about 40 miles of relatively flat riding. But gorgeous riding. The part of the Avenue I rode was fantastic, but really, the ride along Bull Creek Flats Road was just stunning. I narrower road (no lines) and just amazing scenery.
After that, I climbed Panther Gap, which was switchbacky and long (about 7 miles) and descended down into Honeydew. The descent, and the one later between the wall and the 8 mile climb) was steep and unforgiving. I stopped a couple of times to let my discs cool down some. And to take photos. Lots of photos. You can see them all here (about 30 in all, including the ones in this post).
Drove all the way back to Santa Cruz on Highway 1, which was epic and lovely and all was well with the world. Just wish weekends were three days. Anyway, it was a great day and super micro-adventure with #roguepumpkin. Got me thinking about another one.
When adventure doesn’t come to you, you go find it.
Slulu Voodoo - Basic lesson on how to pin a number on for your first race.
FOTOGRAPHIA DE LA VUELTA: STAGE 13 - VAMOS DANI!
Daniel Navarro catapulted from the group in the closing moments of Stage 13 on the diabolically steep final climb. Kåre Dehlie Thorstad catches his celebrations as well as the rest of the magic and majesty of Stage 13 at Le Vuelta.
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Just got back from Sea Ranch, CA. Right off Highway 1 before Fort Bragg. Nice to reset there for a couple of days. I need more outdoors in my life. The constant struggle to balance how I choose to live my life in a city versus more rural areas has become even more prominent now. Working on that from here on out.
- via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Track Walk Gallery | Dirt - click though for a lovely gallery
"Letting the natural stuff go wild, the bike park sections have become even more rounded. The berms have been made taller, the track wider and the fast section faster! Will make for some tight racing that’s for sure." - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Track Walk Gallery | Dirt - click through for a great gallery