Monday, June 27, 2011
Mt. Harrison ride/hike/snowshoe
The annual tradition of Cycling from Albion City Park to Mt. Harrison was again completed! Got up at 5:30am and got everything ready to go up there. I packed snowshoes this time because I knew that the snowpack up there was going to be insane! I was right on, cause they were definitely needed.
I left at 6am exactly from the park and the sun was just coming up as I got to the turn off the highway up to Mt. Harrison. Took several breaks for pictures. When I got about 2 hours into the ride, the smell of the air was extremely refreshing! That alone was worth the trip! If I could can that air I'd be a millionaire. Loved it!
Once I got past Pomerelle, I hit my first snowbank on the road that required carrying my bike. Then I got past the gate on the road and crossed over a couple more snow bank patches on the road. Then I got up to Lake Cleveland and from there I stashed my bike and hiked/snowshoed the rest of the way. I did about 3 miles of hiking/snowshoeing.
I was nervous about seeing a bear up there. Then when I get about 1/4 mile from the top. I saw a big hole in the snow with tracks coming from it. Man was that thought enough to pump my blood even faster! I got to the outlook and noticed that this time, they had locked the deck around the building. I took pics, but no vid from that point since my camera battery was dying and wouldn't let me take vid from that point on. It was a perfect day. No clouds, not very windy, and I left early enough in the morning that it wasn't hot. Plus it wasn't that cold despite the snow.
Absolutely perfect ride! The last time my butt sat on that saddle was last year when I did this ride. I've been focusing so much on my swimming that I really had to blow off the dust on my bike and get it oiled up for this ride. I was sure I could make it, but I knew it would take time. It sure did! And most of it was because of the detour in my planned trip. I back country'd a good portion of it. What an adventure!
Here's all the pics/video in Picasa: