Rode the Anthem as that is the likely bike I'll be racing in Arizona, 300 miles over a couple of days on some pretty rugged trails does not sound like fun on the Flash, I'll go ahead and take the 4 pound weight hit for being a bit more comfortable. The temp rose a bit as I headed down Yankee Jims to the North Fork of the American River. I turned around at the bridge and headed back up towards Sugar Pine Lake and Shirttail Canyon.
|Wooden bridge over Shirttail Creek.|
As I got to the top of Shirttail Canyon three motos that had passed me earlier were pulled over to the side of the road. It seemed they had been trying to air up one of the rear tires and ended up leaking more air than filling it. They had been really cool as they passed me so I asked if they needed help. They asked if I had a pump and by chance I did have one that would convert to schraeder valve. We sat around and BS'ed while one of them worked feverishly pumping up the tire. Ten minutes later they were on their way and I felt good about helping out, they would have been screwed out there, 25 miles from nowhere is where I found them.
|Pretty good views today, not much haze, an oddity for mid Jan.|
|Shirttail Canyon Rd, in great shape for January!|
I made my way up Big Dipper and took the single-track around Sugar Pine, lots of fisherman taking advantage of the lack of snow, normally there would be 3 feet of snow around the lake. The wind was really picking up as I made my way around the lake, I had headphones and my Shuffle going, but I could still hear the wind in the trees howling.
|Sugar Pine Lake.|