A Return to Golden Eagle

This weekend I got up at O-damn early and I traveled up to the Los Angeles area to catch up with an old friend.  What better way to catch up on things than during a bike ride.  After swinging by his place we continued northward to spend some time on the Golden Eagle Trail.  What a nice chunk of trail.

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The lower portion of the trail was scorched by a wildfire in the last couple of years but the recovery process is well underway. The climb was a good punch to the cardio system.  The two McDonalds sausage biscuits that I had just recently polished off for breakfast and were now sitting like a couple of bricks in my gut also helped with the challenge.  I should know better by now, clearly I’m a slow learner.

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Sausage sweats aside, once we got a little further up on Liebre Mountain we cleared the burn area and things got back to how I remembered them.  (Both for my stomach and the trail!) There are some seriously nice ribbons on dirt on this mountain with incredible flow across both grassy hillsides and through forests of oak trees.

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Now Bill and I have done many a road trip together over the years and somewhere along the way, Bill got me sucked into the pursuit of tasty bourbons and scotch.  So in addition to enjoying some awesome single track on the mountain we both brought some spirit samples from the home cabinets to share.  I’m pretty sure bourdon taste better outdoors and adds a little something to the flavor of a Clif Bar 🙂

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After tooling around on the Liebre Mountain ridgelines the descent down the Golden Eagle trail was quite a rip.  It was the awesome kind of situation where all your sensory systems are fully engaged to help produce the required muscle/body action and your brain seems to shift from conscious  controlling to supervising.  That wonderful state of being fully in the moment.  While I did not notice it on the climb,  the fire damage near the bottom had made the usable trail’s usable tread even narrower than normal in spots which required some high speed precision in spots.  It was a great day to be on a bike.

I’ll be tweaking the route description on my page in the coming days to reflect my latest understanding of the place.

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