WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT THE CYCLING HOUSE
It’s great to be surrounded by folks that have a fun, motivating energy, and value being outside while having good eats and even better times with one another.
Ahhh…it’d have to be the Phillip’s Ridge trail that’s part of the Teton Pass trail network just outside of Jackson Hole, WY. Beginning the trail with a climb through a dense forest, weaving through tight trees and boulders keeps you in check. But the top out is amazing. Overlooking the valley, town of Jackson, and a clear view of the Grand Tetons makes you feel like an ant. The descent? So fun. So fast. Transitioning from dark brown tacky dirt to a rich desert red, just brightens your surroundings. Dropping down into the aspens, breezing by the Indian Paintbrush; all while pumping over rocks, roots, and winding around switchbacks is some kind of wonderful yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Can I get a witness?
ONE OF THE BEST DAYS YOU'VE EVER HAD ON THE BIKE
Best days were in abundance along the Northern Tier cross-country tour with my sis back in 2011. Each one ending with an ice cream cone or other sweet indulgence. One day stands out when we rode up Mt. Kancamagus in New Hampshire. Pretty easy riding since the peak is around 3,600 ft. but so scenic. We ran into a curious local at the Post Office that asked about our travels, he wished us luck, and we went on our way. We stopped at a pavilion mid-climb overlooking North Woodstock, had a snack, and carried on. When we reached the summit, two AT hikers passed through that mentioned a red cooler for us. Our curious local friend had left watermelon, cookies, and chocolate milk for our efforts. We passed on his kind generosity to the AT hikers sharing all the goodies and stories. Rather than time on the bike (which, don’t get me wrong, was all-time!) making it one of the best days, it was the people we encountered. That seemed to be a recurring theme throughout the trip.