Well, thanks to my dear friend Jeff’s expertise and experience, I was able to have a great fun mountain bike trail ride today. We went into a couple of small mountains. Each one of them is approximately 300 meters above sea level. We climbed up and down, sometimes even pushed my mountain bike and walked up because slopes were too tough for me (which almost never happened when I was riding roadbikes.
Though my bike did not have low gears, did not have block tire (I had what we call “semi-slick” tires on) and did not have front shocks and on top of all that, I was without any skills nor experience, I was manage to ride back safely thanks to seasoned guide’s advice.
Here’s a little map and data:
This is so different from road bike riding. Data itself speak for some of it. When I climb with a road bike, I climb about 1000 meters with 100-kilometer ride and that is a tough one. Today, I climbed 900 meters with 22-kilometer ride. And also I had to go over some small logs, dodge some branches, I slid and fell when I lost my concentration… this 20 kilometers is tantamount to 50 or 60 kilometers.
I was really thrilled and had a great day today. I was starting to be weary of cleaning ups but I got galvanized again. I can start afresh from tomorrow.
And here are some pictures :
The sign above the threshold of the cave said, “三昧洞窟” that is “a cave of stabilized state of mind.” So I infer that high priests meditated and reached that state of mind.
This is the place freaked me out most. On the left side there’s creek. I actually slid but I was mentally prepared for it so I fell on the mountain side and grabbed my bike’s handle and that actually saved my bike from falling into creek.
Some guy was making this artificial icicles. It was beautiful.
A seasoned mountain biker! His expertise saved me a lot and made it possible to have fun!
I really wish to go back in mountains again!