headed up to cottonwood early this morning for a little mingus mountain recon in advance of the coconino 250. two years ago mingus was my undoing so i wanted a better idea of the lay of the land. i rode up and then around and came down what one normally goes up in the coco250. it was a beautiful day on the bike.
mission for the day
found some water
realized i had lost a chain ring bolt 40 minutes into the ride
aka: riding around the mc dowells. 25 miles and close to 5k ft of climbing. started at 5:30 am and finished at 10:30. things got a little rough towards the end and i had two of the most painful leg cramps i've ever had, spilled most of my soup but survived and no one saw me standing awkwardly in the trail unable to move and cursing loudly. i also had a beautiful ride and some of the nicest trail encounters i've ever had, including a low 5 as i rode by one stoked hiker.