I was really hoping that next road season I would be able to race as a badger for UW-Madison but found out today that I won’t be able to. After going to UW-Milwaukee for two years and focusing on my major of economics I took very few GERs (general education) so I was not allowed to transfer to Madison. Despite the fact that I am an honors student. Therefore I can train with the team but can’t actually race with them. Super huge disappointment for me.
Swobo Scofflaw Alt-Road (CX/Gravel/Endurance) Bike
Interbike Microdose: @swobobikes introducing their nieuw singlespeed, steel, alt-road bike, the Scofflaw. If you only speak industry, it’s a CX, gravel, and endurance capable platform that can handle more than one gear if absolutely necessary.
Adventures aren’t had sitting at your desk. But you can certainly plan them there.
On Thursday morning I was sitting at my desk feeling a little low. What I need, thought I, is an adventure.
Just me and Pumpkin Butter. But it needs to be somewhere different. Somewhere I can drive to in the Rogue. Thus was born a spontaneous adventure called #roguepumpkin.
I decided to head north, since it was supposed to be quite hot down south. Decided I really wanted to ride Avenue of the Giants. So I plotted out a route, started examining the segments, and realized I had accidentally plotted the exact route that the Tour of the Unknown Coast takes. (Regarded as one of CA’s toughest centuries).
Left on Friday and it took 7 hours to drive to the north end of the Avenue. Stayed in a hotel in Loleta, CA.
The ride itself started with about 40 miles of relatively flat riding. But gorgeous riding. The part of the Avenue I rode was fantastic, but really, the ride along Bull Creek Flats Road was just stunning. I narrower road (no lines) and just amazing scenery.
After that, I climbed Panther Gap, which was switchbacky and long (about 7 miles) and descended down into Honeydew. The descent, and the one later between the wall and the 8 mile climb) was steep and unforgiving. I stopped a couple of times to let my discs cool down some. And to take photos. Lots of photos. You can see them all here (about 30 in all, including the ones in this post).
Drove all the way back to Santa Cruz on Highway 1, which was epic and lovely and all was well with the world. Just wish weekends were three days. Anyway, it was a great day and super micro-adventure with #roguepumpkin. Got me thinking about another one.
When adventure doesn’t come to you, you go find it.
Whats good New York?! We chillin in Flatbush, Brooklyn till sept 22. Come kick it & scope the 2015 VESL Collection! Meet us for a group ride Saturday, Sept 20 @ 3pm @ 14st Union Sq. #southfresh #vesselworkshop #2015Collection #hollafoadolla #messlife #nyc #brooklyn
Wish I was there!