Jason rode the first five miles to the base with me, then headed off on his own. I rode with a couple of Swiss guys for a while, but at mile 3 (of 25) I said goodbye as I knew there was still a long way to go, and I didn't need to be pushing the pace that soon. The ride was basically just climb climb climb, breathe, try to bring heart rate down, and climb some more. It starts in the Sonoran desert, which is full of saguaro cacti that look like they're cheering for you. I was surrounded by hundreds of my "fans" as I climbed, and then as elevation changed we moved out of the desert and into a pine forest.
|A "cheering" saguaro. (not our picture BTW)|
|Me riding at my limit.|
|The Cookie Cabin.|
|Me & Cookie. A match made in heaven.|
|Done - and spent.|