Friday, August 12, 2011

Shoreline To Dry Creek To Bobsled

Visited an old friend today, the good old shoreline to bobsled route. I knew I had to return the bike tonight, so I knew I had to make this one my very last ride here in Utah. I managed to get in six rides which I have been extremely happy about! The shoreline section I was about to ride I have had a lot of good memories on, being on of the first trails I rode after I moved out west, also I have been pedaling there with my wife LuAnn. I could not help to think of her while I was riding and how thankful I am to have such a great woman in my life. The ride started at 6:15 which was going to be a great time, since the day was pretty hot, that time was going to allow me to get some shade and sun going down for a great ride. I began at the zoo trailhead and quickly began climbing the first stiff climb and felt immediately my heart go into a frenzy. I went to take drink since my throat was extremely dry and to my water. I sat the bag down on the bite valve which somehow manages to be the case 50% of the the time. Frustrated but dedicated I continued uphill in an effort not to think about having no water for the next 13 miles. Soon the trail leveled out and now I was quickly making my way along the old Bonneville Lake shoreline. The Bonneville lake was a prehistoric pluvial lake that covered most of the North American Great Basin. To most it would just seem like normal trail but there is a lot of history and geology under my tires. I was making my way north, cranking up the wide buff trails filled with dogs and walkers. I was rolling by the Red Butte Gardens and got to hear some good music at it is a concert venue just above the University of Utah. By now I was cranking my way back uphill behind the Huntsman Cancer Institute, where I usually can't help be grateful I am healthy and alive and it also makes me sad the people in there are fighting for their lives. It is always an eye opener when I ride through there. On to Dry Creek where I begin a hefty 1400 ft climb through a shaded canyon. As I entered there was a lot of water on the trail. More than I have seen in the last 5 years which surprised me. After a mile the water and puddles disappeared, and I was climbing my way up through a canyon I have before probably 50 times. I made the hairpin and began climbing steeply up the traverse and began to near the end of the 2nd to last climb. I turned the canyon and there was Salt Lake City in it's full glory. This was always my favorite part when the trail skirts the mountains 1,000ft above the city. Your so close to the beating heart of Utah but yet you have serenity up on the hills looking down. The trails dipped and twisted along the mountainside and was truly breathtaking. Soon olympic hill came and I conquered that mother. Soon it was a short ride to Bobsled which I took a minute at the top of and caught my breath for this awesome downhill. For those of you that have never heard of this trail, it is as it is called, walled like a bobsled track. Lots of jumps and features along the way to please all riders. I made it down safely, and made my way back through the neighborhood and then back to the trail and then traced my steps back. Incredible ride and can't wait until I get to visit again. Off to MOAB!


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