This is the last blog post in a series of three (1st one, 2nd one) about my weekend adventure I tagged as #H2H. The trip home from Toll Mountain cam later in the day, around 10 AM. This was much earlier then the noon start I got when I traveled here. And I had a aggressive route planned.
The plan was to ride dirt roads across the Valley to the Tobacco Root Range. Then I was going to head straight over them through forest service access points and single track. I was to cross two ranges with ungodly amounts of climbing. I was prepared to hike my bike for hours up steep slops and bite my bars and decent into the Madison River Valley. But a river thwarted my plans. Not because it was in the way but because the crossing decision was to find a bridge. This bridge was way out of the way and as I approached it I realized that to start this mountain range crossing with route un confirmed was a risk and I had to be back to work on Tuesday.
I abandon the route for a later time and decided to return the way I came with options to o the Madison River Road (dirt instead of pavement). So a stop at Cardwell for a pint of ice cream was in order. After a nice sit down planning session I set out to climb over the Tobacco Root Pass that three days earlier had almost killed me.
I was cautious and kept my desire to push a big ring at bay. I even stopped once to apply sun screen. The sun was high and hot so I just pedaled and waited for the heat to raise my heart rate and feel the emending heat stroke take over. But it didn’t and I topped out on the pass just flying. It felt so easy … easy peasy.
And that is how I returned from #H2H the rest of the adventure was a matter of just pedaling and counting down the miles before I rolled into my apartment complex. Oh yea … and my plans to ride the Madison River Road you ask? Well a huge storm loomed, blew, and rained on me a bit so I stuck my nose to the pavement and out ran it home. Had to skip another future endeavor. Anyone coming along on #H2Hv2?