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Old 12-21-2014, 04:13 PM
Location: Middle of the desert
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Originally Posted by joqua View Post
If you are able to, you might wish to choose Sunday rather than Saturday - less traffic usually. Hope you have some great weather.
The weather cooperated for the most part and I did it this morning.

Rode over 375 Transmountain today and looped around the south end of the mountain back home. 35 miles in 5 hours. The first 7 miles is a gradual incline from 3800 feet to 5280 feet. Various hills on the back half of the ride as well that I swear were 20-25% grades. During the entire ride, I kept asking myself, "Why am I doing this???" LOL. Some of the hills on Murchison and Schuster killed my legs. I kept focus though taking breaks when needed and told myself that it's a marathon, not a race.

Set off around 7:15 this morning. Getting to the first observation point from the west side is a long and grueling climb.

Weather cooperated for the most part. Got a little breezy at some points with the head wind, made it tough with a head wind and a hill but I made it through.

When I was coming down the east side towards 54, saw a couple of guys riding up and a couple of guys hiking up.

My route started from Helen of Troy and I took:

-north on Resler
-east on 375
-south on the street that parallels 54
-south on Dyer
-west on Murchison which turned into Schuster
-north on Mesa
-north of Resler back to Helen of Troy

The next challenge is to ride up Transmountain from the east side.
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