As was this AM, it was 41 outside & 53 inside @ wake up time. Fixed a cup of coffee from the concentrate made using a Todd’s Tody. Simply steep for 10 hrs the correct mixture of h2o and coffee then allow liquid to pass thru a filter. Yield is a concentrate of smooth coffee flavor. Heat (hot h2o) releases oils & acids. Cold steeping solves the essence of the beans w/ less acid. Mix 1 part concentrate to 3 parts h2o. I have a clear plastic insulated cup that I drew marker lines connoting amounts.
Left in time for Danny’s ritual just b4 8:00 Am bfast @ Wildflower. Chilly drive in, turned on the heater. Bfast catch up w/ Danny. Made plans to ride together. I concocted a really big loop, case of eyes are bigger than body can support. Meeting time and location established. We both made it.
Danny’s healer type dog Pepper, joined us. Danny carries an additional 50 to 60 ozs of h2o for her. Route became the Highline loop. Return to site of my fall 11 weeks prior. I walked the same stuff but rode what i did w/ more confidence. Balance and pedal. Trail on Baldwin drop in is dry and loose. I walked more this time going down because of the conditions. Danny rode the early part until he wiped off somehow while smacking his unit. Down in the wash I rode over the rocks getting closer to where I fell. No grip, calmness. I easily rode the location of the fall. Pure brain fart fall. Trail joins Baldwin, a system trail, to take us down to Oak creek. Pepper literally jumped for joy to be wet and cool in the flowing creek. Lots of hikers and a few bikers went by during our lunch break. Pepper spent our rest time running around. Figured that would come back to hunt her later in the ride. Well it did but she added a torn pad on each from foot which was the real speed killer. Danny got her back to BnB.
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Finished the ride, hung & BnB for a beer. I left for my last membership shower @ the spa. At the spa I asked the attendant if I could get a shower on Sunday after the MBH ride. She said yes and gave me a guest pass.
Out to Deer pass camp spot. Forecast low of 36. I am wearing my sweater and I have closed all the side vent windows. Double over down blanket night.
Tonight I looked @ Prescott, Flag, and Gallup’s weather forecasts. Still below freezing temps @ night.
Tomorrow is my last MBH ride. Need to stop @ Danny’s to retrieve my road bike and put it back on the rack.
I check my BP several times a day, interesting data. In the morning b4 I get out of bed: 110/ 64 HR of 56 bpm, after bfast 122 / 70 60 bpm.