04 May 2009
Monday I rode the loop I think of as Oregon to Russell Creek. I'd never done it before, but it is a nice ride. It's a nice 23 mile ride. I'll do it again this week, I'm sure. Friday's ride was a new one too: I rode to the end of the pavement (or close to it anyway) on Cottonwood. It's a long, hard, uphill ride. However, if you turn around and come back down, it's a long, easy, downhill ride. (This ride is about 15.5 miles.) If you have to go uphill, you should at least have some reward.
Today I went out with the Collar. We did the Cottonwood loop. That's usually a 15.4 mile ride, but I forgot to start my GPS. Oops. It's nice to ride with the Collar, but we don't exactly ride together. We're almost like toddlers playing side by side. (Ha!)
One of the strangest things for me to get used to is that when I go out, I'm always climbing at least the first half of the ride. The way back is downhill, back into the valley, and is always easier. It's so strange, but really nice.
It looks like it will be a nice week for riding, if the forecast stays the way it is.