Fairfax, Deer Park, Rocky
Ridge, 5 corners, Bon Tempe dam/lake, Java Hut.
This is one we have done a few times. It's
shorter than some, but some pretty serious hill climbing. It's a lot
of fire roads, so plenty of space, but there are some challenging
downs, too, and baby-head uphills and a couple really long uphill steeps.
I wish I had a map of the area. I can see the route, for the most part, but would love to have some reference, from a topo map or something. I'm not sure how long or how much time we were on the trail.
By the time we had a brat and a couple beers at Gestalt, it was 2pm. We started at 10am or 10:15am. My guess, we were on the trail about 2-2:30 hours. It was perfect for me. Hard, but not too hard. Some long steeps, but not too long. I cleared some stuff I haven't before. And some technical sections, that were not too too technical, and again, I completed some stuff I walked/hiked through before. All in all, I didn't hit it too hard, but somehow was able to stay on top of it more than usual... which made for a great day. Some really nice progress and successes on the trail, and my trapezious didn't give me any trouble at all.
So, it was a great day for a few reasons. I got the thumbs-up from the
doc, to go ride. First day back on the bike after about a month. We
had gorgeous weather- perfect for riding weather, actually. It could
have been a bigger ride, but with my nascent shoulder recovery, I
asked for a less challenging ride, just to ensure I would be able to
ride again soon. So, Chris and I had a great day on ms mt tam, and then a perfect conclusion at the Gestalt House, in Fairfax.
I have some photos, coming soon.