GL SS training

May 29th a group of us will be heading out on a Grand Loop mission.   I've done this route before, so to make it more challenging this time around I'll have just one gear.  This route is hard enough that success rate is something south of 40% for those that attempt it - and it only appeals to a rather salty crowd.  SS finishes?  Nada.  I don't know if I can do it...and I like that.  Makes me feel alive with that tingle in the tummy.

Since I have yet to do an overnight trip with the single - and May 29 is coming quick - the time is  now!  And, why not dovetail it with some TU splorin'?

I mapped out something that was about 130 miles and looked fairly climb heavy.  That should be sufficient.  What I got was a bit more than I had imagined tho!

Distance is ~ 15 miles short - a GPS malfunction towards the end of the 2nd day had me losing a big chunk of data.  Grrrr....

The start was up Veyo-Shoal creek road.  Confusing sign - singletrack road?  That's an oxy-moron.  Sure looked like double track to my eyes....up the recently burned moonscape, steep climbing - loaded and single, ouch - just what I needed to get a feel for.  Oi.  I knew there was water aplenty up here but I started with 175 OZ just cause.  I really don't want to do much walking in the Shandies so this would be a good test.

The moonscape quickly gave way to incredible greenery!  2 weeks ago the oak brush was still dormant.  It is now a glimmering shiny spring green and it covers every peak in this region.  The riding continued steadily up, up and up...

Detour from plan #1:  like a moth to a lightbulb, I seem to have this fatal attraction with the South Boundary trail.  I could not pass up such a *civilized* looking trailhead.  Off into the unknown...

And as luck would have it it was mostly rideable!  Big views, epic descents on singletrack overgrown with flowers giving way to a descent down a nearly unrideable boulder field.  But not quite ;)

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