Cruising through the sagebrush
After our ride we had quick beers, then drove home over Guardsman Pass. I much prefer going over the pass - through Deer Valley, over the ridge and down Big Cottonwood Canyon - to driving on I-80, which scares the bejeezus out of me. It takes about the same amount of time, maybe five minutes longer over the pass, but is well worth it for the fact that I don't have twelve heart attacks from all the crazy highway drivers. Bit of news: they have paved Guardsman now, where it used to be dirt from the Midway road up to the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The asphalt is extremely rough and H says there's no way he'd want to ride a road bike on it, but it is paved. I'm sure it's for erosion and dust control but it still makes me kind of sad. I like dirt roads.
Ride stats: Distance: 18.61 mi.; time: 1 hr. 54 min.; H's max. speed: 29.5 m.p.h.; total climbing: 1,447 ft.