As far as weather goes, I think you could categorize Sunday as the best day of the year so far. It was a true spring day as we rolled from my house. It was only just 9:00AM, and I had no need for even a wind vest.
Mike and Barrett from Team Bacon Strip joined The Sarge, Jeff P, Keith and I, and we headed up Timberline. Timberline is a steady, mostly pavement road climb that gets you up to the top of the trails quickly. Once at the top, we began our multi loop singletrack extravaganza.
There were a lot of trail users out on Sunday. A large group including some guys from The Bike Smith shop were up shooting video and photos of their ride. We also saw a few hikers and even some horseback riders. Ash Canyon is quickly becoming a viable multi-use recreational area. This is great news for Carson City folks, as it takes some of the pressure of getting up to Lake Tahoe for outdoor experiences. This will be very important as gas prices continue to rise throughout the summer.
We ran into yet another group of trail users on Sunday. Jeff P mentioned in his previous post that the sheep are out. There are over a hundred sheep up in Ash Canyon right now, making them the predominate group. The sheep eat pretty quickly, so they move all around the canyon. This means lots of sheep poop everywhere! Everyone’s knobbies were full of the stuff, a constant reminder to keep your mouth closed on the fast sections.
Here’s some footage of our woolen friends from Monday’s ride. They slowly parted as we approached to provide us safe passage.
After the ride a few of us headed down to Red’s for giant beers and some delicious BBQ. Killer riding, beer, and BBQ all before 2:00 PM. I think we live in a pretty cool place!