I cranked up the Alpine Loop again today. It has been to hard to resist its quiet beckon. I live closer to the Provo Canyon side, but I love going up the American Fork Canyon route. The climb is longer by about 4 miles, and it provides big fat views of the Wasatch Back.
I think my favorite ride of any kind, dirt, road, singletrack…whatever, is a long sustained climb. There is something about the constant effort, the rythm, the cadence, and the satisfaction of hours of pedaling being rewarded with views like this.
Yesterday I mentioned my lack of switchback skillz. Well this photo almost perfectly portrays my downhill woes at Deer Vally. You see the people lined up behind me itching to get by. Take a closer look at my face. You can see the quiet humiliation 😉
With that in mind, I think tomorrow will be a dirt ride. Perhaps South Fork, or maybe The Ridge…yes, The Ridge would be nice. AF Canyon by road today, by dirt tomorrow…hmm I like the sound of that.