Hailey & Ketchum locales.
Thurs night I made the shop ride. Meeting place was Greenhorn gulch parking lot. Everybody took off smoking up the road. Not me, I was way off the back pedaling for what I could get but watched the others disappear.I go into O2 debt so quickly. I lost what ever I had.
I was so far back their dust settled on the trail. My proposed plan was to maybe make the hi point and then ride down so as not to hold the others up. I pedaled and pushed and caught up w/ group. I was told I was not harshing anyone’s buzz and that i was not too far back. Next stop was the high point. From here it was all down hill. I made the downhill down red Warrior creek w/ the rest. Mark parked his truck @ bottom TH to shuttle 6 of us back to Hailey as trail dropped out on Warm Springs creek road that made its way into Ketchum.
Skies darkened while we were @ TH drinking post ride macro beer. Lightning lit up the ski, more flashes, then some spectacular flashes as we drove out after dark. Little rain w/ storm. Dry lightning storm.
Back @ TH we rallied for some more beer drinking. I lasted till 10:30 then drove back up Deer Creek to camp.
Friday was a rest day. I drove back into Hailey and did my wash, dropped my Time ATAC pedals @ Chip’s to replace the bearings, and the community pool for a shower. New bearings in the pedals. Stopped @ Powerhouse to talk to Mark about the bottom bracket. he called King and believes that maybe some replacement might occur so I left it w/ him.
Drove back to Ketchum. On a recent Bob Edwards show he interviewed Carl Hiiason and talked about his new book, Starr Island. I bought it from a local shop then drove out to Corral creek road and buried my nose in it. Sucked in to his story. Almost too comical to be real, but is a lot real.
Today I was going to do a big ride but the forecast was iffy and I wasn’t really feeling well anyway. Plan B is rdie out off Warm Springs up Pacer Creek then down Castle creek. Encountered 3 dirt bikers, that’s all.
Breathing problems left me walking uphill. Elevation topped out @ 8,000′. Can’t believe the elevation is a factor.
On way back to Ketchum I stopped and soaked in a hot spring right along side the road. Very hot but found a slightly cooler spot. I finished it off w/ a quick dunk in a fresh h2o pool fed by creek h2o. However, the hot spring didn’t cook me hot enough for the creek h2o to feel warm. Ouch, cold but I rinsed off the sulphur smell.
Back into town for groceries then out to Corral Creek for camp and no cell phone. I am cooked from the hot spring.
This Fri I will join a group of Spokane riders for labor Day ride @ Curley Lake. I will leave here maybe Wed morn.
Mtn forecast has possible snow in it.
Tomorrow will try the big ride.