Today we did a fun little 13-mile mountain bike ride starting from Brian Head Peak, at approx 11,300 elevation, on down the Bunker Creek trail to Panguitch. I was a little lazy and slow to get out the door today so by the time we got up there we just barely made it across most of the higher spots before Mother Nature decided to give me a THUNDERous birthday serenade. We cruised along at a decent speed as I really wanted nothing more than to stay away from the storm.
It’s a beautiful ride, down some fun single track and dirt roads, along a creek, through lots of Aspens and past some spots with really sweet views.
There I was, on some rough downhill floating like a butterfly when I got stung by a bee! (Okay, I was probably riding a bit helter skelter but floating like a butterfly sounded better and I was totally channeling my inner Muhammad Ali on this section as it was!) A bee inadvertently collided with my face, then got up under my sunglasses. I couldn’t let go of the handlebars to try to set him free and he didn’t like that. The buggar stung me under my eye and stayed there buzzing and stinging as I cursed and yelled and tried to stop without wrecking, causing me to tear my nice Maui Jim sunglasses off my face and violently throw them to the ground. It was not a fun few moments. Luckily, although my eye started swelling, the sting was below my eye and it didn’t swell enough to impair my vision. After a Benadryl and a little TLC, we headed on.
It started pouring big drops about 3.5 miles before the finish. We ducked under some trees to try to wait it out but with a few dark stormy spots all around us Glenn thought it may just get worse. So we headed on in and he was certainly right as it started seriously dumping buckets of rain about .5 miles from the end of the ride. We came skidding and laughing into the finish narrowly avoiding being soaked!
Now back at the condo sitting by the fire sipping some wine. Ah… what a great afternoon!!