|Cronemiller Lake. Can you find the painted rock?|
🍁🍂🍁 McDonald Forest is magical in the fall. 🍁🍂🍁
This was supposed to be an easy day. Oops.
It’s only 15 miles. How hard can it be?
I forgot how steep the climb is coming out of Peavy Arboretum. Not sure how I’m gonna do an epic gravel ride if I can’t even climb 2 miles of 10ish percent grade. So legs were toast in the first 2 miles.
|Top of the climb. So happy to see the cap house come into view|
|The start of some sweet downhill|
Actually I still felt pretty good at the saddle so rallied on to the top of Dimple Hill. I confess I walked the trail. I’m not a mtn biker and I have never been able to climb single track. Well not the uphill stuff anyway. I did the chicken ride down the trail though. Death grip on the brakes and one foot dangling for any hasty dismounts. Yeah, it wasn’t pretty.
Got back to the saddle and had a flat. 🤬 I’m slow at changing flats. Really slow. Chatted with some horse riders while working on it. First time using my new CO2 nozzle. Couldn’t tell when it was empty. The BOOM when I unscrewed it suggests it wasn’t empty. My first time changing a tire solo while on a ride. It got me back to the car. That’s all I cared about.
❤️💜❤️ I love riding in Mac Forest. ❤️💜❤️
I’m counting this as a leg day.
15 miles • 2135 ft. gain