Personal and business issues, on occasion, can interfere with ones riding. The last few months, have been exactly that and I’ve missed numerous group rides and haven’t had a chance to even seriously ride solo. Experience teaches, that after such a lay-off, when you finally do get a chance to ride, your skills and reflexes are compromised and you need to “warm up” a little, and readjust your depth perception and vision at speed, before you let your hair down.
Today was one of those rides. A few minutes of free time presented itself and I took the opportunity to head to the hills and clear out the cobwebs. And cobwebs there were! The bike was clean, but the instrument cluster had visible spider webs and I immediately noticed my slow speed skills had a few cobwebs as well!
Knowing clearly that I needed a a tune-up, I decided to stay in my own backyard and ride the Hornitos/Mariposa area and little further. By Hornitos, however, with both blood and adrenaline following, missing fewer lines and making fewer mistakes, I decided I was riding good enough to take on Bear Valley RD. Clicking it up a notch with my skills coming back to me, I dispatchec Bear Valley with ease and decided to head north on HWY 49 and take the challenging “Mini Dragon” to Coulterville.
As I approached the vista point, two other sport bikes pulled out in front on me. I knew quickly that I’d latched on to a couple of fast riders and the three of us went on to pass numerous bikes by the time Coulterville rolled around! It was all great fun and there was absolutely no 4-wheeled traffic!!!
Also adding to the fun was my new iPhone GPS app, MotionX Sport. The $3 app returned great accuracy and I enjoyed “watching the numbers.” Here’s the recorded route. It’s a good one for refreshing your skills!