Ice Cube ain’t got sh!t on today. Had a morning Glee marathon with Angela. Laid down with “The Goose” aka Lucy, my 2.5 year old cuddle bug, for a stellar nap- while Angela was at chiropractor (still recovering from drunk driving/hit & run accident where she chased the perp back to her house and got her clinked) (but that’s another blag- yeah i said blag, i’m into this southy Boston accent a la Affleck/Damon).
Anyhoo, after nap, headed to Lower Rock Creek and did 4 laps of section 1 & 2 on my new Q-Ring that I scored from Dejay in Sedona (Garmin info here). Felt good, especially since I haven’t been at altitude for a bit. If you’ve never ridden Lower Rock Creek, you must do it if you’re in the Eastern Sierras. It’s broken into three sections, and you can either shuttle all 3, climb them all to earn your turns, climb the road instead, or do just sections 1 & 2, or any other amount of combos you like. My point- you can make it a 4 hour epic, or you can just do a hot lap… very nice. On this day, I pulled off the 395 to Lower Rock Creek Rd. and parked at the bottom of section 2 – rode up to the top of section 1, and rode down times 4. Section 3 is more technical, and the steepest section. Lots of rock gardens, jumps, etc. I usually only do that when I’m riding my fully. But section 1 & 2 is fast, flowy singletrack that traces along the creek. You fly through Aspen groves, and the dirt is sticky bliss. This trail is always daring me rail it as hard as I can. Love it!!!
On the drive home up the 395, the clouds over Mammoth & Lincoln Mtn were spectacular, and the wind was blowing them through. Decided to do a quick timelapse setup by Chair 16 at Canyon Lodge. But Dan McConnell was already on his way over for carne asada. Got home, started the grill, drove up the hill, left the 5D/ with intervalometer, back home, grubbed dinner and tecate, then back to pick up camera. Here’s what it captured – no manipulation. Unfortunately, the camera battery died because of the cold weather at night, or else it would’ve been cool to see the moon pass all the way through frame (that flaring light in the night sky- and yes those are stars, not dust). Family time, nap time, bike time, photography time, grub time- That’s a day. Hoot!!
Here’s the timelapse