Saturday, August 05, 2006
Saturday on the Island
This morning I enjoyed a lovely yet long ride out to Antelope Island. Total mileage for the ride; 40 miles!
The island is one of my favorite places to ride mostly due to the lack of cars, trucks, and people! A weekday ride on the 7 mile causeway will usually only net one or two cars. Weekends are different as I see lots of cyclists, horse riders, mountain bikes, campers etc. Today was no exception. As I arrived at the causeway entrance I met a large group of young kids accompanied by several adults and a sag truck who were going to ride across the causeway and down to the Fielding Garr Ranch. In talking to with the group I learned that they absoloutley no idea what they were up to, and that they had no idea how far they were riding! (38 miles round trip). Although I did ride part way across with this group, I wished I could have stayed with them to witness the climb back up the long hill from the ranch. It was obvious to me that these boys had never been on a ride of these proportions. Even the adult leaders had no idea how far they were planning to ride. You can check out the route on the Antelope Island map in a previous post. In any case, they were in high spirits as they headed off on their adventure.
As for me, I rode my usual loop across the causeway, up to the visitor's center, then the long climb back home. Here are a few pictures from a lovely morning. Enjoy!
The intrepid riders. The ranch is in the distance, on the far left edge of the photo.
The things you notice in your rear view mirror! I had to pull over and take this lovely shot looking east, towards Weber Canyon.
Looking south, towards Frary Peak.
My trusty steed.