Columbus Day of Discovery was to combine bike riding (voyage) with geocaching (discovery). Patrick picked me up once I got J dropped off at school, and we met Chuck and Lori near Weldon Springs.
|Freezing, but having fun!|
|After a quick map check, we headed off in search of our first geocache.|
|Chuck's documenting our find.|
|I'm going to be spending a lot of time here next weekend.|
|The guys went first...|
|...which meant that Lori and I were basically obligated to go...|
|She got a lot further than wimpy me.|
Lori and I opted for the long, easy climb, but then Chuck explained, "I want to ride through Lost Valley; I was just giving you a choice."
|So we "chose" Lost Valley|
Chuck's discovery was totally worth riding back downhill for, though. Turns out the gate we pass every time we ride that hill isn't tied down, making for a fun ride.
Since the video is uploaded to facebook and I don't know how to embed a facebook video in the blog, you'll have to click the link to check it out. I think it's totally worth the detour, though. I laugh out loud every time I watch it...and you'll be able to see that I'm every bit as wimpy as I always claim to be.
|Near the end of my ride|
|Physics in action: experimenting to see if greater mass = greater speed|
|Kind of like this|
|Pretty sure the word they're looking for here is "inclement".|
|First the stairs...|
|Then the hill at the top...headed to the peak at those stones you see to the right of the walkway.|
After a circumnavigation of the entire Mound, we rode to Busch Wildlife, where the roads weren't quite matching up with the mapped route we had. Stopping at a grassy road (really more of a field between two wooded sections than a road), Chuck guessed that was the way we needed to go, but no one was enthusiastic about taking that direction...until, still basking in the cyclocross afterglow from the previous day's race, I decided it looked kind of like part of a cx course (not really) and started making fun of Chuck saying that he was afraid of getting his bare legs itchy from the grass.
Basically I goaded the guys into taking the road. We got to see about a dozen turkeys take flight in front of us, which was very cool, and it was actually a pretty fun ride...until the road dead-ended at the bottom of a hill. Oops. My bad. :)
|Lori at our turnaround point.|
Well, that's not true. The perfect end was the nice, long nap I took when I got home. :)