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Unfortunately, the tunnel in this scenario is the carpal tunnel of my left hand and the lightning is the way it feels. Crap. It’s pretty clear that bike adjustments aren’t solving the problem. I’ll see what other non-surgical solutions or treatments I can come up with, probably with the help of doctors at this point. If I need to have surgery (I had my right hand done years ago), that will be the end of the Ride 365 goal but, theoretically, I could get back in the saddle after recovery, make up the lost ground, and still reach 100 vertical miles.

Rides of Week 19

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
May 7 (day 127)Cool, CA10.00 miles1,273' / 161,738' / 1,273'Cannondale Trail SL 29 SSpavement, bad carpal tunnel
May 8 (day 128)end of the road, my hand is too numb to ride 🙁
May 9 (day 129)
May 10 (day 130)
May 11 (day 131)
May 12 (day 132)
May 13 (day 133)
Total

30 Vertical Miles

Although I’m still behind where I should be in order to climb 100 vertical miles this year, I’m now 30% of the way there. And I’ve made pretty good progress in recent weeks, knocking out 10 vertical miles in just over a month.

As reported in my 10 Vertical Miles post, my average daily ascent going into our four-week vacation (Jan 17 – Feb 13) was 1,294 feet per day but at the end of vacation it was down to just 730 feet per day. I should probably, finally, have it back above that 1,294 level sometime next week. 100 vertical miles is about 1,447 feet per day so less than two hundred more to catch up to where I should be and then I have to hold it there for the rest of the year.

 

One Third-ish (Week 18)

Tuesday of this week is day 122 of 365, so the year is one-third over. Although one third of 100 vertical miles would be 33 1/3 of course, I’m not quite there but I am slowly catching up.

Rides of Week 18

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Apr 30 (day 120)Cool, CA9.91 miles1,220' / 149,250' / 1,243'Cannondale Trail SL 29 SSpavement, sun
May 1 (day 121)Auburn, CA13.84 miles2,784' / 152,034' / 1,256'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+
May 2 (day 122)Cool, CA9.93 miles1,245' / 153,279' / 1,256'Cannondale Trail SL 29 SSday 122 = one third of 365, 29 vertical miles
May 3 (day 123)Auburn, CA14.72 miles2,262' / 155,541' / 1,264'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+Connector & FDLT, starting at top of Lake Clementine Road
May 4 (day 124)Cool, CA10.02 miles1,221' / 156,762' / 1,264'Cannondale Trail SL 29 SSpavement, sun, bad carpal tunnel 🙁
May 5 (day 125)Auburn, CA12.21 miles2,460' / 159,222' / 1,273'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+30 vertical miles
May 6 (day 126)Cool, CA9.94 miles1,243' / 160,465' / 1,273'Cannondale Trail SL 29 SS
Total80.57 miles (week) / 1,202.11 (total)12,435' (week) / 160,465' (total)

The Hole I Dug (Week 17)

Here’s a graphical representation of the hole I dug myself into. This shows the number of vertical feet of climbing that I am below where I should be in order to reach my goal of climbing 100 vertical miles over the course of the year. Essentially, I spent the first two months of the year digging a huge hole and the next two months very slowly climbing out of the hole. Although I’m making progress, it looks like it will take me the better part of the year to climb all the way out of the hole. But it’s still possible.

Rides of Week 17

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Apr 23 (day 113)Auburn, CA11.57 miles2,406' / 138,063' / 1,221'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+26 vertical miles
Apr 24 (day 114)Cool, CA9.98 miles1,177' / 139,240' / 1,221'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, cloudy & cool
Apr 25 (day 115)Auburn, CA11.01 miles2,345' / 141,585' / 1,231'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+crashed and put the first scratch on the Rocker
Apr 26 (day 116)Cool, CA9.96 miles1,291' / 142,876' / 1,231'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, rainy & windy, 27 vertical miles
Apr 27 (day 117)Cool, CA9.98 miles1,286' / 144,162' / 1,232'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun, no rain in 15-day forecast 🙂
Apr 28 (day 118)Auburn, CA12.71 miles2,625' / 146,787' / 1,243'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+classic route from Russell Road trailhead
Apr 29 (day 119)Cool, CA9.93 miles1,243' / 148,030' / 1,243'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun, 28 vertical miles
Total75.14 miles (week) / 1,121.54 (total)12,373' (week) / 148,030' (total)

Rest Daze

One of the biggest challenges in riding every single day is the lack of rest days. Normal people (i.e., people who aren’t idiots) would allow themselves some days off. Muscles could really use a day off. In fact, I’m sure many, if not most, physiologists and trainers would argue that days off are completely necessary. So the whole Ride 365 thing probably isn’t very smart. Oh well. Too late to quit now.

Fortunately, there is such a thing as “active rest.” Those would be days when we’re still active but we take it relatively easy in order to give our bodies time to recuperate, at least to some extent. In order to hit my 100 vertical miles goal, I seem to have settled into “rest days” of about 1,200′ of climbing. That’s less than the 1,447′ I need to average over the course of the entire year and, since I’m in a hole compared to where I should be, way less than what I need to average for the rest of the year.

However, by doing bigger rides most days and interspersing them with “active rest days” I think I’m able to maintain bigger weeks overall (i.e., a higher daily average of climbing). So, that’s the basic plan going forward. All I need now is discipline. 🙄

April Showers (Week 16)

More rain in the forecast, more carpal tunnel symptoms. I did put a new Salsa Bend 2 bar and Oury grips on the Cannondale, but it’s too soon to know if the changes are going to help with the carpal tunnel.

Rides of Week 16

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Apr 16 (day 106)Cool, CA9.96 miles1,186' / 125,483' / 1,183'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, before the rain started
Apr 17 (day 107)Cool, CA11.60 miles1,618' / 127,101' / 1,187'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, light rain then steady rain, 24 vertical miles
Apr 18 (day 108)Cool, CA11.65 miles1,652' / 128,753' / 1,192'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun
Apr 19 (day 109)Auburn, CA11.44 miles2,551' / 131,304' / 1,204'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+
Apr 20 (day 110)Cool, CA9.94 miles1,255' / 132,559' / 1,205'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun, 25 vertical miles 🙂
Apr 21 (day 111)Cronan Ranch, Pilot Hill, CA12.48 miles1,886' / 134,445' / 1,211'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+with Mike B
Apr 22 (day 112)Cool, CA9.88 miles1,212' / 135,657' / 1,211'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedbottom bracket is already squeaking again 🙁
Total76.95 miles (week) / 1,046.40 (total)11,360' (week) / 135,657' (total)

Numb and Number (Week 15)

Carpal tunnel in my left hand is getting pretty annoying. With its front suspension, steel frame, and big fat tires, I think the Spot Rocker SS 27.5+ has probably helped quite a bit on the off-road rides, but I should probably make some modifications to my fully rigid Cannondale Trail SL 29er. That rigid aluminum fork probably transmits every little bump in the road directly into my hands. Maybe I’ll start with some new grips and/or a carbon bar.

P.S. Credit to my buddy Rich for the post title.

Rides of Week 15

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Apr 9 (day 99)Cool, CA11.58 miles1,529' / 113,612' / 1,147'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun
Apr 10 (day 100)Auburn, CA11.29 miles2,403' / 116,015' / 1,160'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+gorgeous spring day
Apr 11 (day 101)Cool, CA11.55 miles1,639' / 117,654' / 1,164'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, cloudy and cool, 22 vertical miles
Apr 12 (day 102)Cool, CA9.93 miles1,222' / 118,876' / 1,165'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, light rain/mist
Apr 13 (day 103)Cool, CA11.63 miles1,490' / 120,366' / 1,168'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, light rain, thunder and even a little hail, first ride with new handlebar & grips
Apr 14 (day 104)Cool, CA9.93 miles1,289' / 121,655' / 1,169'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun, 23 vertical miles
Apr 15 (day 105)Auburn, CA12.08 miles2,642' / 124,297' / 1,183'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+
Total77.99 miles (week) / 969.45 (total)12,214' (week) / 124,297' (total)2nd biggest week of climbing so far I think

20 Vertical Miles

Well, I’m now 20% of the way to 100 vertical miles, but I should be over 25%. I did recently pass 100,000 feet of climbing, so that was a minor milestone too, but it seems a veritable drop in the bucket when you’re shooting for 528,000 feet. I’m still playing catchup from our vacation that ended in mid-February. I’ve almost got my average daily ascent back up to where it was pre-vacation, but I’ll probably have to average close to 12,000 feet of climbing per week for the rest of the year if I’m going to get to 100 vertical miles. One week at a time I guess.

Spring Has Sprung (Week 14)

Only a few days of rain in the 15-day forecast and lots of warm and sunny days. April is a beautiful month here in the Sierra foothills of Northern California.

Rides of Week 14

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Apr 2 (day 92)Auburn, CA11.36 miles2,346' / 102,821' / 1,117'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+carpal tunnel in left hand is getting bad 🙁
Apr 3 (day 93)Cronan Ranch, Pilot Hill, CA13.84 miles2,019' / 104,840' / 1,127'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+w/ Mike B
Apr 4 (day 94)Cool, CA9.57 miles1,200' / 106,040' / 1,128'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+20 vertical miles, Cannondale is too squeaky until I fix the eccentric bottom bracket
Apr 5 (day 95)Cronan Ranch, Pilot Hill, CA12.44 miles1,946' / 107,986' / 1,136'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+w/ Mike B
Apr 6 (day 96)Cool, CA9.57 miles1,245' / 109,231' / 1,137'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, snuck in the ride just before the rain
Apr 7 (day 97)Cool, CA11.25 miles1,615' / 110,846' / 1,142'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, before the rain again
Apr 8 (day 98)Cool, CA9.59 miles1,237' / 112,083' / 1,143'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, light rain & cold, 21 vertical miles
Total77.62 miles (week) / 891.46 (total)11,608' (week) / 112,083' (total)

Spot On! (Week 13)

I’ve been wanting a Spot Rocker SS 27.5+ for quite a while and finally just pulled the trigger. So, finally, the Bike column in my weekly ride tables will have a little variety. 😉 Originally, I was planning on converting my old Merlin XLM back to a geared bike but I ran into some minor wrinkles (as reported in my Rejuvenation post) and never finished the conversion. Now, after almost three months of daily riding on just a fully rigid singlespeed, I’m toying with the idea of trying to do the entire year in one gear. With its front suspension and huge tires, the Spot is way overkill for pavement so I’ll probably use the Cannondale for pavement and the Spot for dirt.

Rides of Week 13

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Mar 26 (day 85)Cool, CA9.58 miles1,222' / 90,462' / 1,064'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, cloudy
Mar 27 (day 86)Auburn, CA11.38 miles2,514' / 92,976' / 1,081'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+17 vertical miles and climbing
Mar 28 (day 87)Cool, CA9.56 miles1,208' / 94,184' / 1,082'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun
Mar 29 (day 88)Cronan Ranch, Pilot Hill, CA9.92 miles1,444' / 95,628' / 1,086'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+w/ Mike B, Michael S and Martin, 18 vertical miles
Mar 30 (day 89)Cool, CA9.57 miles1,240' / 96,868' / 1,088'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, partly sunny, windy
Mar 31 (day 90)Auburn, CA11.40 miles2,362' / 99,230' / 1,102'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+solo, classic loop of dirt road, singletrack, and a little pavement
Apr 1 (day 91)Cool, CA9.57 miles1,245' / 100,475' / 1,104'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun, 19 vertical miles
Total70.98 miles (week) / 813.84 (total)11,235' (week) / 100,475' (total)

March Madness (Week 12)

I ain’t talking about basketball. Average daily ascent is still creeping upward, as it needs to if I ever hope to make my 100 vertical miles goal.

Rides of Week 12

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Mar 19 (day 78)Auburn, CA12.74 miles2,459' / 80,845' / 1,036'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeed15 vertical miles
Mar 20 (day 79)Pilot Hill, CA12.46 miles1,829' / 82,674' / 1,046'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedsingletrack & dirt roads w/ Mike B
Mar 21 (day 80)Cool, CA9.60 miles1,253' / 83,927' / 1,049'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, light rain then thunderstorm deluge
Mar 22 (day 81)Cool, CA9.58 miles1,204' / 85,131' / 1,051'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, break in the rain
Mar 23 (day 82)Cool, CA11.29 miles1,556' / 86,687' / 1,057'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, mostly sunny
Mar 24 (day 83)Cool, CA9.58 miles1,179' / 87,866' / 1,058'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, rain
Mar 25 (day 84)Auburn, CA6.68 miles1,374' / 89,240' / 1,062'Spot Rocker SS 27.5+first ride on a new bike 🙂
Total71.93 miles (week) / 742.86 (total)10,854' (week) / 89,240' (total)

Twenty Percent (Week 11)

Although it’s hard to believe, the year will be 20% over in the middle of this week. It’s nice to (finally!) see my average daily ascent back up over 1,000 feet but I still have a long way to go if I want to get to 100 vertical miles.

Rides of Week 11

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Mar 12 (day 71)Cool, CA9.55 miles1,204' / 70,320' / 990'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun
Mar 13 (day 72)Cronan Ranch, Pilot Hill, CA12.12 miles1,778' / 72,098' / 1,001'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedsingletrack & dirt roads w/ Mike B
Mar 14 (day 73)Cool, CA9.55 miles1,217' / 73,315' / 1,004'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun, day 73 = 20% of 365
Mar 15 (day 74) Olmstead Loop, Cool, CA8.94 miles876' / 74,191' / 1,002'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeed14 vertical miles, forearm injury from sheep wrangling (no kidding)
Mar 16 (day 75) Foresthill Divide Loop Trail, Auburn, CA10.64 miles1,395' / 75,586' / 1,007'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedmostly sunny, but forearm is still sore
Mar 17 (day 76)Cool, CA9.57 miles1,178' / 76,764' / 1,010'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sunny & warm
Mar 18 (day 77)Cool, CA11.24 miles1,622' / 78,386' / 1,018'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, wet roads but mostly dry skies
Total71.61 miles (week) / 670.93 (total)9,270' (week) / 78,386' (total)

Waning Winter? (Week 10)

Just a couple more weeks before the official arrival of spring, so winter should be waning, right? Although last week turned out to be pretty darn nice, the current 15-day forecast still has 9 days of rain. I guess I should be grateful it isn’t snow. 😳

Update: the forecast changed and now there’s very little rain in the forecast, so maybe winter really is waning after all.

Rides of Week 10

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Mar 5 (day 64)Cool, CA11.26 miles1,573' / 58,014' / 906'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, mixed clouds & sun, but cold
Mar 6 (day 65)Cool, CA9.56 miles1,164' / 59,178' / 910'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, mostly cloudy & cold, 11 vertical miles
Mar 7 (day 66)Cool, CA11.28 miles1,597' / 60,775' / 920'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, cloudy & cool
Mar 8 (day 67)Cronan Ranch, Pilot Hill, CA12.11 miles1,765' / 62,540' / 933'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedsingletrack & dirt roads w/ Mike B & Michael S 🙂
Mar 9 (day 68)Cool, CA9.58 miles1,208' / 63,748' / 937'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun, shorts & short sleeves, 12 vertical miles
Mar 10 (day 69)Auburn, CA12.99 miles2,653' / 66,401' / 962'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedclassic trail loop on a gorgeous day 🙂
Mar 11 (day 70)Auburn, CA12.67 miles2,715' / 69,116' / 987'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedditto yesterday, 13 vertical miles
Total79.45 miles (week) / 599.32 (total)12,675' (week) / 69,116' (total)biggest week of climbing so far 🙂

10 Vertical Miles

Well, I’m 10% of the way to 100 vertical miles. I should be considerably further at this point but our four-week vacation (Jan 17 – Feb 13) decimated my average daily ascent. Going into vacation, my daily average was 1,294 feet per day. At the end of vacation, it was down to just 730 feet per day. Ouch. 🙁 While 100 vertical miles is an uphill battle (pun intended) at this point, it’s not impossible. As the weather improves, riding longer each day (and therefore with more climbing) should get easier, at least in terms of comfort.

Two Down (Week 9)

Two months down already. That’s a little hard to believe. Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not. 😉

Rides of Week 9

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Feb 26 (day 57)Cool, CA9.61 miles1,158' / 48,116' / 844'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sunshine
Feb 27 (day 58)Cool, CA11.28 miles1,564' / 49,680' / 856'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun (shorts even, but still 3 layers on top)
Feb 28 (day 59)Cool, CA9.61 miles1,257' / 50,937' / 863'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun
Mar 1 (day 60)Cool, CA11.26 miles1,570' / 52,507' / 875'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun
Mar 2 (day 61)Cool, CA9.57 miles1,136' / 53,643' / 879'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, sun, just broke 10 vertical miles
Mar 3 (day 62)Cool, CA11.29 miles1,603' / 55,246' / 891'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, cloudy but warm 🙂
Mar 4 (day 63)Cool, CA9.60 miles1,195' / 56,441' / 895'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, cloudy & windy
Total72.22 miles (week) / 519.87 (total)9,483' (week) / 56,441' (total)

Rain or Shine (Week 8)

Looks like it will be a mix of rain and sun this week. That’s not awful considering that a few days ago the forecast was something like eight days of rain straight. Unfortunately, we’ve received so much rain here in northern California recently that the trails are undoubtedly way too wet to ride yet. So it’s pavement for a while still. 🙁

Rides of Week 8

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Feb 19 (day 50)Cool, CA9.59 miles1,192' / 38,780' / 775'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, light rain
Feb 20 (day 51)Cool, CA9.62 miles1,162' / 39,942' / 783'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, rain
Feb 21 (day 52)Cool, CA10.79 miles1,547' / 41,489' / 797'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, lucky break in the rain
Feb 22 (day 53)Cool, CA9.65 miles1,174' / 42,663' / 804'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, another lucky break in the rain
Feb 23 (day 54)Cool, CA11.12 miles1,585' / 44,248' / 819'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, mixed clouds & sun
Feb 24 (day 55)Cool, CA9.50 miles1,128' / 45,376' / 825'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, mixed clouds & sun
Feb 25 (day 56)Cool, CA11.24 miles1,582' / 46,958' / 838'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, mixed clouds & sun
Total71.51 miles (week) / 447.65 (total)9,370' (week) / 46,958' (total)

Homeward Bound (Week 7)

After almost a month on the road, it’s finally time to head home. My vacation rides didn’t include much climbing so they devastated my average daily ascent. It’s nice to see that number creeping up again, albeit very slowly. However, I’ve got a lot of climbing to make up for if I want to hit my 100 Vertical Miles goal. 😳

Rides of Week 7

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Feb 12 (day 43)Topaz, CA4.08 miles210' / 31,807' / 739'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedshort spin on Hwy 395 in the dark & cold
Feb 13 (day 44)Cool, CA3.0 miles322' / 32,129' / 730'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, 10:30 pm after travel day from hell (nightmare traffic and detours due to a mudslide that closed I-80; we got home about 6 or 7 hours after we should have) 🤕
Feb 14 (day 45)Cool, CA9.39 miles1,329' / 33,458' / 743'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, nice to be in shorts & short sleeves again 🙂
Feb 15 (day 46)Cool, CA9.36 miles1,271' / 34,729' / 754'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, based on the forecast this might be the last dry ride in a while 🙁
Feb 16 (day 47)Cool, CA9.57 miles1,206' / 35,935' / 764'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, break in the rain
Feb 17 (day 48)Cool, CA3.06 miles373' / 36,308' / 756'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedanother 10 pm ride, in the rain, after a very long day
Feb 18 (day 49)Cool, CA9.37 miles1,280' / 37,588' / 767'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedanother break in the rain, wet roads but dry skies
Total47.83 miles (week) / 376.14 (total)5,991' (week) / 37,588' (total)

Alabama, Hills that is (Week 6)

Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, CA

Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, CA

Swimming pools, movie stars. No, no, no. Alabama Hills, not Beverly Hills. So not many swimming pools but, as it turns out, lots of movie stars over the years. The Alabama Hills are a very cool area on the east side of the Sierras just outside the town of Lone Pine, CA. Over 400 movies have been shot there. Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states, looms above. On our way home now, we headed there after a few more days near Shoshone to avoid some more inclement weather.

Rides of Week 6

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Feb 5 (day 36)Shoshone, CA6.45 miles279' / 29,944' / 831'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedFurnace Creek Wash Road again
Feb 6 (day 37)Shoshone, CA2.64 miles186' / 30,130' / 814'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeeddesert jeep road, rode 1.3 miles, flatted, had to walk back
Feb 7 (day 38)Shoshone, CA3.27 miles115' / 30,245' / 795'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedanother flat, another walk. Grrrr.
Feb 8 (day 39)Lone Pine, CA9.31 miles142' / 30,387' / 779'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedHwy 395 into Lone Pine and back. No flat! 🙂
Feb 9 (day 40)Lone Pine, CA4.78 miles243' / 30,630' / 765'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedout and back on a trail that starts at trailhead for Arch Loop Trail
Feb 10 (day 41)Lone Pine, CA3.69 miles464' / 31,094' / 758'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedArch Loop Trail to Eye of Alabama (?) trail
Feb 11 (day 42)Lone Pine, CA3.78 miles503' / 31,597' / 752'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedArch Loop Trail to Eye of Alabama (?) trail again
Total33.92 miles (week) / 328.31 (total)1,932' (week) / 31,597' (total)

Valley of Fire (Week 5)

Prospect Trail

Prospect Trail

We spent a couple more days in Shoshone, California (just outside Death Valley) and then we were off to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. At Valley of Fire, I definitely could have used a fat bike on the Prospect Trail, which is an unmaintained trail that follows a desert wash full of sand and loose rock. 🙂 On my relatively narrow 2.25″ tires, I probably had to walk about a third of the 5.5 mile trail. Even with a fat bike, or mad skills, there are some sections that aren’t rideable. The crux (see pic below) required a little rock climbing, which was moderately challenging without a bike and a little crazy with a bike. I had been under the impression that horses navigate the trail, in which case maybe there are detours that are more passable. Or maybe horses just do an out and back on the southern end of the trail, which is much more navigable.

Prospect Trail crux

crux of Prospect Trail, looking back down at my bike

Rides of Week 5

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Jan 29Shoshone, CA5.48 miles203' / 25,861' / 891'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeeddirt road and desert wash
Jan 30Shoshone, CA22.21 miles872' / 26,733' / 891'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride (link), about 1/3 dirt and 2/3 pavement
Jan 31Valley of Fire State Park, NV4.69 miles333' / 27,066' / 873'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride (link) around campgrounds and scenic loop road
Feb 1 (day 32)Valley of Fire State Park, NV9.3 miles821' / 27,887' / 871'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedmostly pavement, but a little dirt road
Feb 2 (day 33)Valley of Fire State Park, NV14.62 miles1,132' / 29,019' / 879'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride (link), road to White Domes, back on Prospect Trail
Feb 3 (day 34)Valley of Fire State Park, NV4.08 miles329' / 29,348' / 863'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride around campgrounds and scenic loop road (again)
Feb 4 (day 35)Valley of Fire State Park, NV4.14 miles317' / 29,665' / 847'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride around campgrounds and scenic loop road (again)
Total64.52 miles (week) / 294.39 (total)4,007' (week) / 29,665' (total)

Desert Valleys (Week 4)

We thought we’d be heading from Death Valley (California) to Valley of Fire (Nevada) this week, but ended up spending the entire week in the vicinity of Shoshone, California.

Shoshone, CA

Population 31, Elevation 1585 feet

 

Jubilee Pass Road near Shoshone, CA

Jubilee Pass Road near Shoshone, CA (looking west, toward Death Valley)

White Trail in Shoshone, CA

White Trail in Shoshone, CA

Rides of Week 4

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Jan 22, 2017Shoshone, CA8.14 miles461' / 23,362' / 1,061'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedpavement, light rain but forecast looks clear going forward 🙂
Jan 23, 2017Shoshone, CA6.1 miles669' / 24,031' / 1,044'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedDublin Gulch road (dirt)
Jan 24, 2017Shoshone, CA4.08 miles351' / 24,382' / 1,015'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedDublin Gulch road again, but in the dark
Jan 25, 2017Shoshone, CA3.33 miles258' / 24,640' / 985'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedWhite Trail
Jan 26, 2017Shoshone, CA7.13 miles295' / 24,935' / 959'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedFurnace Creek Wash Road
Jan 27, 2017Shoshone, CA3.41 miles326' / 25,261' / 935'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedrandom desert dirt road
Jan 28, 2017Shoshone, CA8.89 miles397' / 25,658' / 916'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedFurnace Creek Wash Road
Total41.08 miles (week) / 229.87 (total)2,757' (week) / 25,658' (total)