|"I love the smell of thermonuclear |
detonations in the morning"
Name that movie...
When we ducked into the Sole Trail around 6am we were in the shadow of a hillside so it was still almost dusk. We rode the Bonus Loop, under cover the whole way. When we finally climbed out the top of the Sole Trail on the return leg 30 minutes later, we were bathed in brilliant sunlight. It really was like night and day.
It was our first weekday morning ride of the season. These morning rides are precious, partly because so few people do them, but also because they feel so utterly different from the typical daytime ride. You know how the first few times you go on a night ride, it's utterly alien experience? Well it's the same with these early morning rides. Your head is in a completely different place, the light is totally different, the smells, the wildlife, everything is different. These factors stack up and multiply in your head, and the result is quite amazing.
P.S. Oh and Mark's Furly SS had a mechanical. My geared El Mar did not. I think he's looking forward to switching from Furly to Surly, MikeM get your toolbox ready...