This is where the trail gets rough.
Steep downhill, rock infested switchbacks. I. was. bonked. I rode up to the first one and knew that riding it would just mean me falling, with a possible long tumble; it's a long way down from up there. I got off the bike and walked it around the first couple of switchbacks, rode one, walked another, then it's a blur. Thanks for waiting for me, Miguel. Damn I was feeling old about then.
Of course, we didn't take any pics of the tricky switchbacks. Miguel did get a shot of one rocky piece- not the hardest spot by any means, but it gives you an idea of the relentless rocks:
We finally hit the Tomichi Pass road, and I took a little break. Cliff bar, water, cool off without the helmet for a minute, and I was ready to roll.
Over Tomichi pass:
...and onto Hancock Pass:
From there it was down through St. Elmo and county backroads to Salida, where a cold beer or two were waiting.
Thanks again for going Miguel. I can't think of a better way to spend a day!