Segment 2 was totally new to me. After waking up in the perfect camp space I ate breakfast and packed up. I felt I was about a liter short on water so I didn’t bother with coffee. There was no opportunity for water for the next 10 miles so I wanted to conserve what I had.
Segment 2 on a hot day would be brutal. There is very little cover.
But the biking is excellent…especially the last third
Storms were moving in as I was finishing but they stayed to the north and missed me. The morning was riden in isolation, but ran across a number of riders and hikers around noon time. This included two 60+ year olds. This trip has surprised me with number of older riders. It’s great to see.
The first 2/3 of segment 3 were very familiar to me. This is a section that I rode often back when I lived in Colorado. Every thing past Buffalo Creek (which reaks of fish) was new to me. As I started my climb away from Buffalo Creek my chain started to “suck”. After fixing it several times it finally got totally stuck.
One of the links of the chain opened up and jammed. I was finally able to pry it apart, but the chain was now broken. I took it off and used my bike as a scooter for the final 4 miles.
When I reached the end of segment 3 the clouds opened up and it began to lightening. I hiked my bike back to the last campsite (1/8 mile) and set my tent up in the rain. As it turns out my rain fly leaks. So not the best way to end the day…but I’m too tired to push the bike to Bailey tonight…so the 9 mile hike will have to wait till morning.
From there I’ll have to taxi into Evergreen (or where ever the closest bike shop is) unless I can convince someone to bring me some supplies….