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Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Southern Washington State
Friday, July 9, 2004
Location: 25 miles east of Cougar, WA, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Distance: 22.6 mile loop via paved road
Climb Elevation: 1800 feet
Tread: Singletrack and pavement
Ride Miles/Time/Avg/Max: 25.4/2:53:12/8.5/24.9
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Ahhhhh, my very first bike ride of the trip, and I've selected a mountain bike ride to get the ball rolling. The trail isn't very technical (meaning you don't have to know what you're doing) since I'm new to the sport of mountain biking and wish to refrain from breaking anything so early on in the trip. Not that breaking anything at anytime during the trip would be acceptable, it's just that breaking something on the first ride would be "very" unacceptable (and embarrassing) if you know what I mean.
Now, don't laugh at what I'm about to tell you. It's really unfortunate but it's all my fault. You see, I didn't train at -all- before going on my trip. So, not only do I not know how to mountain bike, I'm in lousy shape as well. A good combination for body breakage. But, I'm in no hurry, I'll take my sweet time, and worse case I'll just cut my ride short. No worries, I'm just here to have fun!
Today's ride will be an out and back. The outleg will be predominately downhill on singletrack through forest. As I make my way south, Lewis River should be in sight most of the way. The return leg will take me due north on boring paved highway. I figure by the time I complete the singletrack on the outleg, I'll be thankful for flat, boring highway. I guess we'll see...
I've just saddled up! Come join me as I venture my first try at some semi-serious mountain biking.
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