Day 16: 8/16/13 Rubicon Trail 121 miles Kelly asked me to write up this section and I obliged. But, what to say...? I've got my GoPro screen shots and photos/footage from Radek and Lica as well. I must admit that I wasn't particularly excited about riding this trail, but Radek was. I really enjoy riding with Radek and Lica, so off we went. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect and I was right. We knew it had been done on big bikes already by Riceless, and probably many others over the years. We wanted to try it, just to see if we could do it. That's kinda the point of all this, isn't it? See how far you can push your limits. We got another pretty late start this day, leaving around 12:30pm and getting to the trailhead at 1:20pm. We all noticed right away, that granite offers a lot less traction than Slickrock. We start off with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. As the miles slowly tick by (and I mean slowly) we start to find our groove. We are all connected with Senas, which really adds to the ride. Today was just hard work, lots and lots of heavy breathing. You didn't wonder if you were the only one struggling because you could hear the other guys loud and clear. The Rubicon is an interesting trail to ride, especially on a big bike. It doesn't have any impossible or super difficult sections... But, rather, the Rubicon is made up of medium difficulty sections that come in rapid succession. Not giving you much time to recover before you hit the next section. We were starting to feel it now, but we were still having fun! This trail is relentless. Too much of this.... and this... Equals this. We stop for a well deserved break. We're feeling good - not cocky, but confident. Then we discover we've only gone 4 of the 12 miles of the trail. Oh boy! Lica's got an insuppressible "can do" attitude, He's a great guy to have on a ride like this. Even if he's wrong. Radek The Great line tamer. (line tamer/lion tamer - are you with me on this one?) You got this Lica. Don't even think about the rest of the trail... Just focus on the next 10 feet. Then the ten feet after that... Yay! tree roots and dust, that's what we needed. We all had some of this. And needed a bit of this too. Yeah, now we're feeling it. This reminds me of a joke in the movie Captain Ron... I know we are almost done with the trail. Oh, great. Tell us, how do you know that? Well, you see, follow me if you can... We had just enough water to finish the trail... AND WE ARE OUT OF WATER! Luckily, we crossed paths with these gentlemen and they had a few tiny bottles of water to share. We were grateful. It was a pretty hot day and we went through our 3 liters apiece, way faster than we anticipated. I think we are past the half way point in the trail. This is as good a place as any to post a little trailer I made of the ride. Enjoy!