old iron furnace near the creek. It was huge... like the size-of-my-house- huge.
But to our demise, Mike's derailleur had another plan. As soon as we hit the top of this hour and a half climb, his derailleur caught a stick or something and curled itself up into the frame. Unrepairable. We tried but one of the jockey wheels actually broke in half. No chain tension and no chain tool turned his bike into a giant kick scooter.
Mike made a huge fire for backcountry camping. When I'm out in the middle of nowhere, I usually just have enough fire to give me light. Not Mike. He went all out. It kept us warm into the wee hours of night.
Although we wanted to ride quite a bit more, it was still an awesome trip. We found a great area that allows us to camp, hike, bike and fish in as little as 24 hours. I will certainly be back.
I'll adjust my set-up next time, though. There are several sections that can't be biked. The climb is so steep and technical that you're forced to hop off and push. With that in mind, I might put a bit more weight on my back instead of in the panniers. The bike was hard to hold onto with all the weight back there. Ideally, I'd like to eventually get a full bag set-up from Porcelain Rocket. I think it would totally be worth it. Now that I've got a close spot to hit up, I could see myself doing this more. We were gone less that 24 hours.
Hopefully, we'll see more of this soon.
Get out there.