|Heading to the Deep Dark Woods|
As we worked our way around the mountain, we started the climb for the top. Farah now really likes to come around the corner off the single track trail & start her gallop. After five days off, she was feeling very fresh! I let her go, our top speed to date had been about 23 mph. Today - less that 1/2 way up she took the bit & dug in for another surge. It's always so amazing to feel the horsepower. I knew that we'd broken through that earlier set-point & moved up a notch. I asked her to start slowing down early enough that if something was going on up there - we'd have space to stop. After the logging a year ago, I'd hoped things would stay quiet, but seeing all the rock going down etc., bodes no good for another section of trees on the ridge...
We took a short break at the Monument, then started down. I decided on the spur of the moment to go all the way down - to the bottom & see what traffic looked like on Hwy 9. Not surprisingly - there was a steady stream both directions, though there was a lull when I took the photo.
|Gate at Hwy 9|
|Looking back at the top of the mountain & ridge|
Once on the lower road again, we found the correct turn & started back up! By the time we were back at the trailer I had 19-miles on my GPS. Linda was there, she & Del had been scouting to see where to send the trail work parties for tomorrow. I told her that if she'd ridden with me, I wouldn't have gotten lost! That will teach her! :-) Looking forward to seeing how we do at the beach!