|This is at about mile 3 of the Devil's Pass trail.|
Shortly thereafter Denver was out of gas. He'd biked pretty much 3.5 miles uphill and his biking muscles just couldn't go any further. The rest of us were so not ready to turn back. I proposed a compromise: Denver and I would stash our bikes and hike; Douglas and Aurora would keep biking. We'd all meet for lunch somewhere up the trail. All agreed, so I stashed our bikes, covering them with ferns. We handed over one hydration pack to Douglas and Aurora and away they went. The funny thing is that you can be totally tired from biking but get off and walk and your legs feel fresh, so Denver and I were feeling good.
|This was a challenging stream crossing with the bikes!|
|Snow on the trail, about mile 5.5, just before campsite and lunch break.|
Going downhill, Douglas and Aurora made really good time and they had to wait a long time for us. They got our bikes out and waited (and waited and waited!) for us. When we got there they took off. We all agreed to meet at the trailhead, though Denver and I ended up catching up to them and passing Douglas on that final uphill.
|Aurora and Douglas, all ready to go after lunch. They were so ready for the downhill!|
I appreciated that the trail itself was in good shape, without the bumpity bump of a kazillion rocks and tree roots, so I was able to enjoy the ride more. Yes, once again I was disappointed that we didn't get further up the pass. It is 10 miles from the Seward Highway to the Resurrection Pass intersection, and I knew we wouldn't get that far, but I'd hoped we'd get further. I just remind myself that we can do this again, and hopefully Denver will grow and get stronger.
|Aurora's muddy legs! I love those glowing, white feet.|