|Roger and I riding along while the morning is still pleasant|
|Roger at Jones Crossing|
Roger hadn't done much gravel riding he told me shortly into the ride. He would get a lot of that in the next 30-40 miles. The dry conditions made for a dusty ride on loose surface. I think I prefer a surface that has been rained on within a week or so at this point, it's much more stable.
Typically Roger is a much faster rider than I am but the gravel slowed him down a lot. We would get into a pattern of me pulling ahead on the descents and him catching up on the climbs.
|Roger climbing up onto the rim|
|On the rim road with um, friends?|
|View from the Rim Road|
We had to walk portions of the 1/2 mile road to the General Springs Cabin due to deep sand and the fact it has gotten really rough in recent years. I got a flat between there and Clear Creek, it was a defective tube. Clear Creek was as pretty as ever, a true oasis in the bottom of a pretty canyon. The climb out was hot and grueling. The cold water at the Blue Ridge Ranger station was very refreshing and I made a point to soak my jersey before I left to keep my body temperature down and conserve water.
|Roger near General Springs Cabin|
|Homesteads near Stoneman Lake|
|Old tree at Stoneman Lake Overlook|
|The long road of abandonment, and a very appreciated sun blocking thundercloud|
|Dusty, not rusty.|
|Someone needs a bath.|
|Not a tan. Completely washed off in the shower.|