Anyhow...he was in town from Denver this past week and he brought his bike with him. We decided to ride Antelope Island. I love it out there, it is so close to home, yet you feel like you are really getting away. You can make it as short or as long or as hard or as easy of a ride as you want as well. We decided we would ride down to the ranch, which is the end of the paved roads on the south end of the island. Usually you go straight there from my house it is 20 miles one way. However, my Dad and I swung by the visitor's center, and took some other detours so we had a total ride of 48.2 miles.
The weather could NOT have been better! It was sunny and 70! Loved it! We were able to see tons of wildlife out there, including some coyotes, buffalo, and rabbits. My Dad had never ridden out there, so he took everything in. He kept saying how much fun it was, and I must say, the best part of the ride was the company!
Last time I rode with my Dad was last year when we rode up to East Canyon Reservoir. I knew that he was holding back on me big time last year and I struggled to keep up with him. This year was different! I know he held back some, but not much and I was able to keep up with him most of the time! He is a beast on the bike though, he averages 19-22 mph when he is on his own. Yeah, not quite me yet. He did comment on how far I have come in that year with my riding. Specifically he said he was impressed not only with my speed, but also my competence on the bike as far as my climbing skills, and how I handle myself. Coming from him, this is a HUGE compliment!
On our way down to the ranch, we passed the sign pointing to Frary Peak. I have never ridden up there, but have always been curious. However, just looking at it, it is
Luckily, it is not that long of a climb to the top, and when we got up there we noticed the following sign:
Yep, we were climbing a hill with 23% grade. My Dad made the comment that in all of his years of climbing and riding, he has NEVER done anything that steep. We took several pictures. He can't wait to get bragging rights at the office for those shots!
The downhill on this was
We had a great day. We tried as many of the climbs as we could find on the island, regardless of how long or short they were. We were pleased with ourselves and had a BLAST. He is the best riding partner ever!
We are going to be going to Denver in July and my Dad has some rides up his sleeve for us to go and do on his turf while we are there. Regardless of whether we go and climb a mountain, or ride around the block, with him it will always be fun.
What's next? Tomorrow I have the final race, the 30 km, in the Striders Winter Racing Circuit. Till then...