I'm writing this at the end of day 3 and it's by far been the best day yet! Let me explain....I originally wasn't looking forward to it as I knew it was going to be a long tough day with lots of elevation up and down. My first real test.
Woke up at 6am as I wanted to get an early start. Laid in be for a bit and then made some breakfast skillet in a bag, packed up and started walking uphill. I knew I would be walking for the next 6 miles. Was able to ride a few sections but it was slow moving and by the time I made it to the top I was 10,483ft high and out of breath.
I was happy that the next few miles were all downhill but much more technical than I wanted. Even though it was fun it took a lot of energy out of me.
Once at the bottom I was in this huge valley which had a beautiful meadow. I followed this meadow all the way up for lots of miles. The grade was perfect to ride most of it and about halfway up I started feeling wierd...like out of my body experience. Don't know what it was...maybe altitude but I definitely wasn't right. But I was smashing it and in the zone so kept going.
Once I climbed to 11,000ft I knew the fun downhill would start. This was DH muni conditions at its' best. Not too technical but just enough to go fast, dodge things and have fun. Again I was in the zone with very few dismounts.
By the time I made it to the bottom I was spent and still feeling very weird. Decided I best take a big break and cook some food. Ended up having Guacamole and chips. Hit the spot!
Had 5 more miles until camp and it was mostly downhill. For some reason no part of my body hurt or was sore. Couldn't believe it but assuming it was the state of mind I was in.
Had a nice fall along the way towards the end. It was due to a pedal strike in a section of the trail that had a big rut in it. The fall wasn't too bad but shook me up a bit and made me slow down and take it a bit easier.
Was excited to see camp at mile 65.5 and loved the fact it was next to a stream in a meadow. I've been having trouble sleeping at night as I'm all sweaty and sticky so decided to rinse off in the stream. Cold but totally worth it. The sun was out and it was beautiful.
After setting up camp and eating chili macaroni I decide it was perfect for a campfire. There was already wood there from previous campers so I tore out some pages from the book I'm reading and started it a light.
I was feeling great. The sun was slowly setting and it was fucking beautiful. Read my book, danced to some music and just watched the sky with the moon rising up and the stars coming out one by one. What a great day!