We got to the mountain road about noon. Man were there tons of bikes of all makes and models all over the place there. So we made a bee line right to the ticket booth, got our tickets and pushed thru to the little way station to collect ourselves,get the dust off'n ourselves and get pumped for the ride up the mountain.
After about 30 minutes we put the helmets on, started up the bikes and moved on out......
The road is 8 miles long. The first 4 miles, while a steady,winding and steep incline, was tarred and about a small one lane road. There was room for a bike to go up and a bike to come down with about a bikes' worth of space in the middle. At about the 4 - 4 1/2 mile your above the tree line, the road gets a little narrower,steeper more winding and a sheer drop off on both sides. I was scared. I mean really scared.
And when you think it couldn't get worse...the last 1 1/2 miles turns to dirt...are you f'ing kidding me? It gets steeper and narrower and now my rear wheel keeps loosing traction because its dirt. The bikes coming down are coming closer as I am sure both sides are trying to hug as close to the middle because of the sheer drop off on both sides. We're talking 6200 feet, top of the mountain, down! At this point I am not only scared sh*tless but I am involuntarily shaking. I couldn't help it. It was 1st and 2nd gear all the way up.
We get to the top and the parking lot is this softball size mess of bike dropping rocks and basketball sized boulders. Who designed this? There must have been a couple million dollars worth of bikes in the parking lot and just at that moment, never mind the whole week.
After a brief 30-45 minute time to collect our nerves(Scott had the added duress of a passenger on the back. His new nickname.."Scott the Fearless") we mounted up and started the ride down. It was scary but at least I didn't have to worry about rear tire slippage. It was 1-2 gear all the way down too. Once I hit the 4 miles to the bottom I breathed a sigh of relief. And was mentally kicking myself in the ass for dangling my life purposefully in harms way. Never again. I wouldn't walk up the road.