|Sheep Mountain loop, taken from the Missoula Thursday night ride web page.|
Sheep Mountain is Missoula's test piece mountain bike ride. It doesn't get a lot of traffic, because it's long (26 miles), remote (you end up in the middle of nowhere), hard (4,000 ft of gain from Missoula to Sheep's peak, not to mention the ups and downs in between), and technical. But all of these things are also what make it Missoula's best ride (hands down in my opinion) and one of the best rides in Montana.
Anyway, Jen and I tackled the ride on Monday, and in the high of finishing the ride, made plans with others to do it again at the end of the week. Over the next days, though, we realized how taxed our bodies were. After too much wine on our anniversary last night, it was a hard start this morning, but we got into the swing and enjoyed the company of friends and studly bikers Edgar Smith and Sarah Halvorsen.
|Sitting on Wisherd Ridge Monday with Sheep Mtn in the background.|
|From the same spot on Friday, with Ed and Sarah.|
|Ed, Jen and Sarah on Sheep Mtn summit.|
|Bear grass is blooming.|
|creek crossing on the way down.|