a little bit further…

Road cycling. Fun individual exploring or group rides.

  • Bend and Sisters, Oregon. I recently saw a cycling friend off on her 15-day cycling and awareness campaign journey, to engage people inbetween Bend, OR and Newport Beach, CA about the serious crime of human trafficking. Before heading back to Portland, I went on the Three Creeks Lake road climb. McKenzie Pass is also supposed to be a nice touring climb.
  • Mount Shasta, California. I started at Mt. Shasta City Park where the headwaters of the Sacramento River begin, and totally filled my bottles with this fresh water source at the end. I had 3 bottles, and it was hot. Could have made it down with that amount but a park ranger offered me a bottle of water so I took it to be safe! One way: 14.2 mi +4171 ft. http://www.pjammcycling.com/59.-mt.-shasta–ca.html
  • NF-17 in Oregon with midway break at Drift Creek Falls trail. Bring a bike lock and walking shoes for a ride break and to check out Oregon’s longest suspension bridge at 240 feet in length. Didn’t ride this but in a car it seemed like a good excursion by bike. Not too much car traffic. Bring lights for visibility. Flowing paved roads with the tiniest bit of gravel. 19.2 miles one way. https://goo.gl/maps/Vjya6xMPAtx
  • Haleakala on Maui, Hawaii. It’s so satisfying to have done a 10,000 foot continuous climb. I recommend this ride for anyone. Avg 5-7% grade so it’s manageable. Beautiful lush scenery! Cars are not more scary than GMR (Glendora Mountain Road in Southern California), for example. The summit is in a big beautiful National Park. Majority of the time with weather patterns, there is pouring COLD rain in the afternoon–you actually ride through the raincloud. I was shivering/teeth chattering cold coming down. So unless you’re a cold blooded cycling beast, either start really early so you’re descending before noon, or pack your rain jacket, gloves, and lights. Even though it’s a single-lane road with drop offs down the volcano and low visibility, it is a touristy area so most people are in no hurry and will look out for you. Still–can feel scary with the low visibility of rain. On the way up, there are tons of water options, it’s not desolate. There are stores, schools, and churches. I filled up at a veterans cemetery. There are supply options except for the last 22 miles, and I never felt at a loss for water. At least 2 tiny towns with markets on the main climb so you don’t have to pack all your food if you don’t want. https://www.strava.com/activities/409175012
  • West Maui Loop on Maui, Hawaii. Beautiful. Some tricky spots that are one lane roads for cars, so imagine where that puts a cyclist if the road is up against the cliffs. But I enjoyed it immensely. A few places for water and snacks, including locals who informally sell you stuff. I went clockwise from my hotel and I heard clockwise is better than counterclockwise. https://www.strava.com/activities/409670808
  • Everesting. Do you know the cycling phenomenon whereby cyclists challenge themselves to climb the equivalent elevation of Mount Everest in a single ride? 8,848 meters=29,028 feet. Now that the thought is in your mind, does it make you want to vomit, or throw a leg over your bike, or maybe a little of both? I’ve never done it but there is usually a 2 day Everest challenge in the Eastern Sierras area each year. One year, there seemed to be snafus with the organized ride and riders who planned on doing it were not fans of the edited route, so a friend planned our own 2 day Everest challenge with SAG in the San Gabriel Mountains (east of Los Angeles). I only did day 1, which was Encanto Park in Duarte to Dawson’s Saddle, down across East Fork and little GMR, up GMR to Mt. Baldy ski lifts and return to Encanto Park. When mapped out on Strava ahead of time, it was 120 miles and 16,606 ft but everyone’s Garmin showed slightly different elevation. Whatever it was, it was a blast!
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