Shortly after Robie Creek I made it to real road again. I was now wet as it was not raining, freezing, as I had been going downhill for a long time not really doing any work, and full of sand. Robie Creek did have a landing area that went up to the Arrow Rock Reservoir. I walk down to it and dunked my bike in it to wash away most of the sand that I had kicked up over the last hour and a half.
Soon after I was on highway 21 or the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Route, and boy was it nice! There was one final climb left that was nothing bad, just long and steady. At the top I snapped a couple pics and caught a rainbow.
The rest of the ride was mostly downhill. I only wish it was a little steeper to give me more speed. I was only coasting at 40mph and pedaling only brought it up another 3 or 4 mph.
At the bottom of the mountain was the damn that held back the waters of the Arrow Rock Reservoir. They were releasing water out of these huge tubes, like 15 feet tall or something. It was amazing seeing the power, and amount of water coming out.
For the next hour the weather was great, but I was running short on time. The last problem I had with the ride was I was using my Garmin 500 to help with directions. It was terrible! I have used my Garmin 705 on trips like this before and it was great. You cannot use the 500 like a real gps. If you put in a pre made map it will show you a line to follow, but if you get off that line you are screwed. Well that happend. Luckily I had my cell phone, bad news was it was running low on power, of course, and I was worried it wouldn't be able to get me back to my start. I also only had about 40 min before I was supposed to meet with my girls and their parents for dinner and drinks. If I was late they might worry, and I didn't want that to happen. I pulled up directions on the phone and hauled ass for the next 10 miles and made it with time to spare.
In all it was a good ride, it is always good to get lost sometimes and test yourself. That happened for sure and I made it out the other side just fine.
Now it's time for some gymnastics.
|Having some fun with my kids moms, they are a little strange :-)|