Since I was riding solo I felt no compunction about cutting off the part of the ride that I like the least: riding on the paved bike path from our in-town parking spot out to Quinn's Trailhead. Don't mistake me - it's a fantastic bike path. But it's a long slog of an uphill at the end of the ride and I just wasn't feeling it. I parked at Quinn's, one of only a few cars there, and got my wheels on dirt a little after 9 a.m. The temperature was quite nice and the sun was bright in a clear sky.
With no one to take photos, here's one from a year ago.
I was even wearing that same shirt this Sunday, so it counts.
There were very few people out there on the trails with me, perhaps because it was Father's Day? I only came across folks once I was on the second half of the ride, on Rambler. I didn't meet anyone on the Sweet Sixteen switchbacks and I climbed them pretty well, feeling like I was getting a little faster than I've been. I rode the downhill side a little less well for some reason, but then redeemed myself on a good climb up the Staircase. From there it was an easy net-downhill back to the car where my beer and snacks were waiting for me. You always have to have beer and snacks post-ride, even if you only are toasting with yourself.