Its Cassi and she is out for a spin with the Tucson MTB Addicts. We chat for awhile and since they are headed at least for a bit the same way as us we join in with the group.
Im loving the day and just out enjoying the flowers.
Taking our time and taking it easy since we know we have a hefty climb on the day.
The hills around us were just covered in gold as far as you could see.
The first few little climbs to warm us up for what is store.
Little dude enjoying the craftsmanship of Jeremy's bags http://cleavelandmountaineering.blogspot.com/
Some great singletrack with the looming climb a little off center to the left.
They had been going by great we were enjoying the trails and the sun but then we hit the base of the climb. Once you peel off the AZT onto the Rosemont Ranch area you are greeted with a series of sandy roads. They are not the worst thing in the world but when you have a full bike and you know there is a big climb ahead of you they are blood suckers. We plugged away at the sandy roads for a bit I took a wrong turn but corrected before we went maybe a 1/4 mile. I think by now Joe was starting to feel a bit tired so we took a break in the shade before we started up the main section that climbed up outta the wash roads. For the most part I didn't think it was all that bad and was feeling pretty strong I think only pushing my bike up two small steep sections to save my legs. As the road kept winding around we thought we kept maybe seeing where the summit was but it wasn't until we had a nice downhill after a steep climb did it show itself. I guess it had to be after a small decent to really show you it didn't like you.
After a few sketchy moments we make it down to more civilized roads and continue our onward drive.
Well and maybe about not getting shot.
FINALLY!!!!!!! After what seems like the worlds longest sandiest road every mad ewe hit the pavement. That means the car is just up that hill. Wait shit did you say up that hill. FRACK ME! I should have never parked the damn car up a hill. I thought it would be safer there. Right now I don't care. If it had been at the bottom of the hill we would be done and we would have cold chocolate milk. If it hadn't been safe and was stolen we could have had the police give us a ride. At least we wouldn't have to climb a god damn hill. Stupid. I told myself no worries you are still feeling good and we just have to get Joe up the hill its only a few miles.
The sign says Madera B&B 4 miles and we are not even close to as far away as it so we only have 2 maybe. Lets get Joe up the hill and we are good. Hey wait why is Joe pulling away from me. My feet hurt, my stomach hurts, my fingers hurt, I want to stop pedaling, I can't pedal, I can't sit down, I need to sit down. I was bonking in a bad way and it was hitting me like a ton of bricks. I looked down at my food i knew nothing in there could help. I screwed up in a bad way and now I was gonna have to survive a few more miles. Sitting and spinning was just not gonna cut it since I was on E so I switched into my big ring and just stood up and pedaled. I stared straight down at my front tire and just pushed with my body weight to get my legs to make the pedals work. I didn't want to look up and see how far I had to go I just wanted to get there. I caught Joe for a second and as soon as I did I tried to get into his rhythm and take it slow, bam he was gone again and this time I was done. I had to stop. I had to just stand on the side of the road for a minute and collect myself. I had to think about chocolate milk for a second. Back on the bike, back in the big ring, and back staring at my front tire. Final push to the car. Joe is there in the shade of the Xterra sitting on the ground. It looks so comfy on the ground I need to lay down. I tear into the truck for our treasure chest. I had Joe I cold one sit down next to him on the ground and smile. Time to enjoy. FRACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who put this trap on the lid of this milk? Why is it so hard to open? Am I bonking so bad I can't get it open? Do I have enough energy to go get my knife and hack into it? One more push thats all I need and its open. We just rode 35miles today in 7.5hrs. Way more then I had planned. It can't defeat me. Its a simple piece of foil. One thing tiny thing standing in my way.
I did it!!! I got it open!!!!!!!!
We are done, we are alive, and we have amazing chocolate milk mustaches.