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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Fork plus 6.20 miles - Woohoo!

Today was a good day.

The plan was to ride GMR, Fork plus Four, at 9:30 am. At 9:00 am, as I was ready to leave the house, Annette calls. She drove up to Colby Canyon to check out the ride conditions. GMR was wet and road conditions were slippery. We decided to postpone our ride until 3:00 pm.

At 12:30 pm "ish" Annette calls again. "If we are going to make Fork plus Four, we need to leave at 1:30 pm. I said I'll check with the wife and get back to her. I asked Jamie and 1:30 pm was a go!

I met Annette at GMR and Sierra Madre by 1:30 pm and away we went. The weather was iffy. Although the road was dry there were thick clouds/fog hugging the mountains and by the first saddle, the moisture had built up significantly.

Up GMR we came across a dead Bear. The stench of rotting flesh filled the air as we came up to it. Annette took pictures. I wonder what took this thing down? Soon after we spotted a baby coyote. It was very cute and Annette took pictures of it too before I scared it off.

It didn't take long to reach the Maintenance Shed. We rested at the shed for a few minutes before heading off. I was pretty excited as I was in uncharted territory. Annette was my Sherpa and off we went into the wild! From the Maintenance Shed its downhill to East Fork and Mile Marker ZERO! Wohoo, the last time I was here I think I was 16 years old!

We trudged on and the mile markers came up quick! MM1, MM2, MM3, MM4, I hit my goal. We kept going. With each mile it got colder and wetter and we decided to stop at Mile Marker 6.20 and just 5.80 miles to Baldy Village. I'm almost there!

These are some pictures I took on the way up GMR. The weather was great for some macros! I especially like the second picture. It really shows how much moisture was in the air. I think the last picture would make for good stationary or "Thank You" cards. Its kind of Zen like in Black and White.

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