Mt. McDill, Palmdale, California
Wow! The second race of the series was so much fun. Experiences included 5,200 feet of climbing for me, successfully found 1 checkpoint, got rained on, got cold, got hot, had to cross streams, and finished with a tough climb out of Little Tujunga. All I can say is do this event if you want to test yourself. You will dig deep.
I’ve been riding my mtb more and more and fitness is returning. Get outside, it’s the best side!
I’ll be riding west from Palmdale on the June 22nd Swift Campout (Summer Solstice) around 3:00pm to the Sawmill Campground in Lake Hughes, CA. The route will follow the California Aqueduct to Johnson Road and then west to the Lake Hughes area. Ride time is about 3 hours and 30 miles. The start will be Ave P-12 and 25th St West in Palmdale. Load up your bike for some camping fun. There will be a supply stop in Lake Hughes for extra water and food. I am not your mom so I won’t be providing comfort or cover. Be prepared. Let’s ride!!! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join me for the bikepacking shenanigans. There will be climbing on dirt once the pavement ends to get to the campground.
Living in the high desert of Southern California has pluses and minuses. If you like warm weather, often roasting into the high 90F’s for days on end, you’ll love it here. Another positive are the warm days that turn into mild evenings. The high elevation keeps these nights refreshingly pleasant unlike places like Las Vegas or Phoenix that burn like Hades 24 hours in a row. This spring has been nice, not too hot, and not too cold. However, my nemesis, the wind, has picked up steam and blown hard for too long. It’s really wearing me out. I like riding my bike(s) but there are some days when the wind is blowing 15 to 17 mph steady with gusts to 25 mph. You’re constantly fighting the wind instead of enjoying the ride. Once the sun goes down the wind usually subsides and you can get in a few miles in the dark with a good headlight system. If there is a full moon you can actually get in good miles with no worries. Right now it’s blowing 23 mph from the southwest. I’m not riding this afternoon!
I rolled off on my bike yesterday for a trip to the bank to make a deposit. When I got close to the bank I rode off a sidewalk into to the street to get to the turn lane. Unknowingly my pannier fell off my bike! I had my phone, cash, wallet, etc in there. I didn’t hear it, but thankfully a driver saw it and started honking behind me. I looked back and he was gesturing to look back. I spun around and saw my bag laying in the street! Oh crap! Cars were stopped at the closest red light so there no danger of the bag getting flattened for about a minute or so. I sped back to the bag and grabbed it. I’m fairly certain I didn’t connect the little strap that holds the bag to the rack. Chalk this up as a learning moment!