I finally got out on a daytime ride this week, the first in what seems like a long time. I had the Axis with me, so I decided to roll through a mixed terrain ride straight from the office. Sorry for the lousy photos, I left my S90 at home. And sorry for the lack of OCD GPS maps, because I left the Garmin at home too. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was time to just enjoy riding!
I rode the climb up Prospect to the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve…
From there, I ran into a closure at the Southern gate of Seven Springs Trail… Too bad, that’s the most fun section!
Then I made my way up to Hunter’s Peak (seen above… Also a popular previous spot to pose for photos)
Took some unmarked paths
that lead to some cool views…
Eventually I exited Fremont Older on the Regnart Road side. I then took on the challenge of climbing Regnart. Holy crap, it’s steep! It felt as hard on the Axis’s pseudo-mountain gearing (low gear: 36t in front, 32t in the back) as most climbs feel for me on the Six13! But I made it to the top, and it was a dead end! Or kind of… Private drives that may or may not go through to the other part of Regnart. I turned around, but not before scoping out the view…
Now armed with Satellite View knowledge, I’ll try again next time to go through. But I already felt like I was trespassing!
On the way down Regnart, I locked up the front brake and entered a front-wheel skid on some wet pavement. Don’t ask me how I recovered from that, because the recovery could very well have been in a hospital! An unexpected treat was running into my teammate Mat on the way back. We rolled together up McClellan to Stevens Canyon, and then I showed him the Mary Bike bridge. He was on his ‘cross bike too, but with one road tire. “I had it on for the trainer,” he says. I thought it was some kind of secret setup!
All in all, a good ride. Hopefully the weather improves so that I can do this more often, but if not, I’ve already ordered a set of Velo-Orange fenders for the Axis. Classy!