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GOLD HILL NORTH
Monday, July 26, 2004
Location: 4 miles south of Sandpoint, Idaho
Distance: 11.5 mile loop
Climb Elevation: 1650 feet
Tread: 8.4 miles singletrack, 3.1 miles gravel road
Ride Miles/Time/Avg/Max: 11.8/1:44:16/6.8/17.8
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Time to hit the bike trail again. This time it'll be on my mountain bike on a trail that's both steep and unforgiving. I'm excited about the ride though, lofty views are promised based on the trail information I've pulled from the internet. While still a novice on the mountain bike, I figure I'll crank up the difficulty dial on this ride, because you only get better at a sport when you consistently challenge yourself.
Today is really hot and muggy. I should have gotten up early in the morning for the ride but I'm not a morning person, much to my disadvantage right now. But, that's not a problem, the ride should be mostly in shaded forest.
Uh oh, I just got some bad news... I've just determined I may very well die on the way up. Why? Well, by visual inspection just now, I've discovered the lower portion of the trail is -very- steep and is filled full of sharp switchbacks! Yikes!
Ha! I've gotten myself into a fine mess this time around. Want to join me and watch me suffer? Well, sure you do! So come on, but don't follow too closely, lest I topple over onto you when attempting to ascend any of the nasty, sharp switchbacks!
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