1. Packsaddle, a road/mt bike trail with a pretty steep climb for two miles that may be completely covered in high-resistance mud right now. Advantages: it’s only 45 minutes away and I might be able to talk my brother into coming. Disadvantages: It’s pretty early in the spring and the trail could be totally soggy. There may even still be snowmobilers out on it.
2. there’s supposed to be a cycling group from work doing some kind of ride on Sunnyside road, which is a decent climb, tomorrow. Advantages: It’s a half-hour drive from here, and I might get a chance to whoop my boss’ keyster on a climb. Disadvantages:The boss has been doing spinning classes almost daily since it started snowing, so maybe not on the keyster-whooping; also I haven’t been officially invited to this ride, so it may be a no-go for me. After all, I only spent $1,000 on my bike …
3. I could probably get a pretty nasty workout doing the entire length of Kelly Canyon now that the snow’s had a chance to melt off the road. Advantages: this one’s closest to home at only 25 minutes, and I already know the road’s empty for the most part because I’ve climbed it a few times this year, also, I may be able to get my bro to come on this one. I dunno, it would help if he’d answer my calls once in a while (Jord). Disadvantages: Once again, this could be pretty muddy, and besides, I can do Kelly Canyon during the week, or pretty much any time I feel like it. You gotta make Saturday special.
So, yeah. Any suggestions? Thoughts? One way or another I want to end up on a lung-buster that will leave my legs shaking.
P.S. I hope Iain over at Herneweb won’t mind, but here’s a photo from his collection (and, yes, it’s Alp D’Huez, isn’t that cool!?):