Lunch time ride turnout was pretty thin last week with all the obligations the other riders had. This allowed me to get a couple solo rides in, something that doesn’t happen too often (other than my commute).
On Thursday the smoke cleared right around the lunch hour, and I had the road bike with me. I seized the opportunity to grab an 18 miler out to Franktown road and back, and still made it back to work in around an hour.
On Friday I knew it’d be my last ride for a few days, so I made it a good one. I rode up the Fourday Trail, and got to see the trail work I missed on Wednesday. Man, this trail is riding good! You guys do good work! I finished off the ride with a descent down the Creek Trail, Postal, and Jackrabbit.
I’d also like to share a couple photos of a snake I found on the climb. This poor guy had probably been hit by a truck, and was laying out on the road. I picked him up and posed him on the side of the road for some good photos.
After much discussion of my pictures online, we came to the conclusion that this is a Rubber Boa! One of the giveaways is the blunt tail, used to trick predators as a false head. I was pretty shocked that a rubber boa would be in Ash Canyon, but upon further reading, I read that the Eastern Sierra is part of their habitat…the edge of their domain. I don’t recall ever seeing one around here though. Well now there’s one less of them sadly…
Well, dear readers. I’m off for a week long adventure, and won’t be making any blog entries for a while. Nor will I be bringing any bikes. It’s time to unplug and recharge the batteries. I’m so ready for a break! I just bought a 2GB memory card for the camera though, and this ought to be plenty of storage for many a good picture. I had to do this so I wouldn’t bring the computer as an excuse to upload photos!
Where are the family and I going you ask? I’ll give you a hint… We’re going to the source of the mighty 8 Ball Stout. Home of the Downtown Brown. The Lost Coast…
See you in a week! Hopefully some of the other Bike Carson contributors will pen some fine articles for you in my absence. Until then, Cheers!