Day 2′s journey was an incredible 60 mile ride with 5,900 ft of climbing. The scenery was again fantastic throughout the ride and especially as we paused for lunch and rode to Escalante. The ascent into Bryce was a steep 6 mile climb - only one other rider besides Beth and I completed the entire leg, everyone else shuttled to the top in the van.
I’m proud that Beth and I climbed the hill, but it wasn’t like we got an award or that the other bikers were embarrassed. Everyone just wanted to have a good time and the other riders’ definition of a good time didn’t include grunting their way up a few thousand feet of blacktop.
A few miles after cresting the last giant hill we rode into Bryce National Park, met the rest of the group and were handed keys to our room in the park lodge where our bags were already waiting. After a quick shower we had dinner on our own before turning in early.
My new setup after I got a bikefit. Much more aggressive position with an inline seatpost and 140mm/10degree stem. Not totally convinced on the saddle yet, as it’s butt ugly, but pretty comfy. Any ideas for similar alternatives?
Tuesday’s ride was short so we slept in and didn’t start until 9:00. The 32 mile out-and-back included 2,100 ft of climbing, almost all of it in the outbound leg south from the lodge up to Rainbow Point (first picture). The return leg was mostly downhill, pausing only to check out the Natural Bridge (technically an arch).
After coasting back to the lodge we enjoyed a Taco Tuesday lunch before regrouping to hike the Queen’s Garden Trail, returning via the Navajo Loop. The unique geologic formations are called Hoodoos - you can read about them here.
As you can see in the group picture, our fellow riders were all normal people. Like Beth and I they were all adventuresome and fit, but none were pro athletes.