Day #7 East of Mt. Lassen NP to Old Station, CA

Trip Start Jul 17, 2013
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Trip End Aug 14, 2013


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Today started slow as usual. No matter when I get up I rarely seem to be able to cook, eat, lubricate, sunscreen, dress, break camp, and pack before 9:00am. I guess when I look at it like that it's no wonder it takes forever. It is quite to process and believe me, you don't want to be on the side of the road lubing your chamois! It's likely to cause an accident or worse scar some poor vacationing family for life. No one needs to see that! Even other cyclists look away as soon as goes to lube up.
I made good time yesterday with my best milage day and some decent climbing to boot. So today looming a head was Mt. Lassen, seriously Mt. Lassen Looms!, It is 10,475 ft high and it can bee seen from over 75 miles away. Mt. Lassen is the southern most in a chain of active stratovolcanos collectively called the High Cascades. They make up the Cascade range of mountains that stretch from British Columbia to Northern California. The road gets as high as 8,512 ft. making it the highest paved road in the Cascade Range. I bet many of you didn't know that! If you ever get the chance to drive through the park it is simply beautiful and awe inspiring. It is hard to believe it is only a day's drive from Sacramento. It took about 4 hours to get from my camp at about, 4,700 ft. to the top, I didn't think that was too bad, and from there I had about 15 miles of downhill, whoopee!
I was a bit peckish at the Visitors Center (6,750 ft.) before beginning the climb so I stopped off for a cookie, apple and pepsi (brunch of campions). There I ran into 4 other adventure cyclists all heading south on the Sierra Cascades Cycling Route. There was Hans, Franz, and Heidi, all from Sweden, and Herman from Germany. No that is not their real names I just forgot them as soon as we introduced ourselves. Something I really need to work on. The Swedes are heading for San Francisco, by way of Folsom. So expect the door bell to ring, Suzi I gave them the key code for the house........Just Kidding! Herman was traveling alone and had just happened upon the Swedes, but now they were going to travel together until Tahoe. I was great swapping tips on the route with those that have already traveled it. Herman was very opinionated and thought I packed to much. What can I say he is most likely right! He thought I should get a small dog for Betty's front basket. What do you think Suzi, should I pick up another dog along the way?
On a bad note my cycling computer died this morning. I guess I should have gotten around to getting that button battery, I've checked all of the roadside stores no luck. It is a little disconcerting because my food, water, and lodging stops are all based on altitude, and distance. At least I've had a week of riding to get used to the slow speeds, so I was pretty accurate on my planing for provisions and rest stops.
Thoughts while riding: " ", seriously " ". I need to call my friend Bill I think I just achieved Satori (enlightenment). Oh shit I just lost it again because I perceived it as an accomplishment. Damn!

Stats:
Distance: 61
Ride Time: No Idea (broken Cycle Computer) Real Time: 8:00
Vertical feet: 4,500 ft. (Best estaminet based on maps)

First Week Stats:
Distance: 370 miles
Time: Who cares I'm on vacaton!
Vertical Feet: 26,700 ft. (But who's counting?)
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Lynn on

Satori! Haha... Love it! Gone now....hehe... Even better!!! Love this blog! Thank you for it!

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