We parked our cars and started the ride up the access road towards Mt. Lemmon. Our group consisted of Hilary, Kris, Linda, Taryn, Kate, & myself... Smashing Girls!!! This had been the ride we had all been waiting for. Listed amongst the most epic bike rides in the US, with a 27 mile climb at about 5% grade, this was going to be one for the books! I knew it was going to be a challenge, I knew it was going to burn... constantly, I knew there was only one way up & no way to get out... so time to pedal... and pedal... and pedal!!! But what I also knew was that at the top awaited the prize of all prizes, the infamous, the coveted, the most ginormous cookie I had ever seen in pics... and I was going to ride to one!!! After miles and miles of changing scenery; from rock formations, to cactus, to pine trees, and finally snow, we made it to The Cookie Cabin!!! We made it!!!
The decent was #2 on my list of things I looked forward to. After we threw on a few layers that we had sent up in the SAG, we were ready for our decent. I tried to take in the scenery, as I had on the way up, but it wasn't as easy. Especially since Hillary had explained to us on day #1 that on the bike, you look where you need to go... so don't be looking over the cliff! ;-) I did stop a few times to get some pics, but that rest of the time was flying downhill!!! I hit 42mph... the fastest I have EVER gone!