I’ve been on some fun switchback climbs in my time, but this one may take the cake, cut into the side of a sheer cliff, at times I could look up or down and see half a dozen or more switchbacks with cars snaking their way along. In fact, just a few miles up I was stopped for a few minutes as the road was closed for a movie shoot, seems this stretch of road is popular with the Hollywood folks, or so the trooper informed me. Then again I was onward, climbing at 8mph. After about 30miles there was a a small respite of rollers before getting back into the fun climbing, and on it went until I hit the 60 mile mark and needed to turn around in order to make it off the mountain before dark. Now to be clear, not like I’m scared of the dark, in fact I have one of the brightest and best lights out there, but on a 40-45mph descent with no shoulder and constant traffic, where cars are passing like idiots as my cornering knee is a couple inches from a rock wall or hanging out over the side of a 1000 foot abyss, is a little bit sketchy, if not perilous to be running at night.
Oh, today’s lesson for future: don’t look down. The view is nice but cornering at speed isn’t generally the best time to take it in, and occasionally with a bit of crosswind can evoke a bit of the wobbles. Note: avoid future wobbles.
I made it down in good time, and thankfully because not long after seems the road was closed for several cars that managed to go off one of the corners. Probably that nice one with the view and skosh of a crosswind.
This was the last ride of the “training camp”. Great to end things with such an epic and incredible mountain ride, we (the bike and I) topped out at 6,700 feet before making the call to turn back, a fair climb considering we started at 200. A bit sad of course, a nice rhythm of daily riding was just getting worked in, but we learned a lot this trip and know we’ll be set come June. Now back to the trainer for a while.