As we were suiting up JohnR rode by with a group. He hung back with us for a bit to catch up on the times. He's way too fast for us anyway so I got what footage I could. Not long after he split I stopped to wait for Gina who had fallen a bit behind. Uh oh! Gina was really struggling with the heat today and said she had doubts about the climb today. Of course I gave her the ole "relax and take your time" speech. Works every time but honestly today I was pretty unsure of it's value on this ride. 4 miles up she was still having doubts. Hmm, time for the "Baby, you've been here a hundred times, you know how it goes". Thank goodness she's been up there quite a few times cause this one worked. I was actually willing to head down early knowing how she suffers in the heat but she managed to tough it out. Like I have said many times before, the riders up there are so encouraging! I can't count the "good job!" comments she got from other riders. I'm willing to bet that helped her up today knowing how she was feeling at the start of the climb. We did see Pinoybntr Ron again, man that due is everywhere ha ha!
We only stuck around at the shack for a very very short while because of all the stinking bugs. Good decision because the descent is much cooler than just sitting around. Up there we ran into Bill (GMR blogger's hubby). He headed off a few seconds after we did but he managed to slip by me on the climb of the descent. HEY wiseguy! It's OK, gave me a chance to get some Bill footage ha ha!
On the descent I stopped at Newman's Point to get some Gina descent footage. As she rolled by another female rider was heading up around the turn. As she rolled by (in the video) she said, "hey Mr. Beanz!". Well what do you know, it's Maria (Magda00?). A few seconds later her fiance Carey rolls up and stops with her. She introduces us then we get to talking. You know, I never like the fiance guys, they always have this wiener head look on their face. Btu Carey got to talking and he's a pretty cool guy! Very important to me, a good sense of humor! If you can't laugh, then I really don't like you ha ha! But Carey was COOL!
Poor Gina, she didn't realize that I never remounted the bike so she kept going figuring I'd catch her. But when I didn't she stopped to wait. By this time she's about 3 miles from the bottom. She gets worried when another rider stops to ask her if she's OK then mentions that there had been a crash up the road. So she starts to climb GMR once again. I had a pretty good visit with Maria and Carey so poor Gina got in an extra mile of climbing ha ha!
Luckily it wasn't me but I did get a scare on the way down. I'm always worried about Gina on the descent so I encourage her to take her time even if it means my holding back a bit. She has gotten pretty good on the descent but you never know.
So I'm thinking I don't have time to catch Gina but as I am rounding a blind turn, the sun makes it so I can only see a shadow of the images in the road ahead. Looks like 3 guys in the middle of the road tending to a downed rider in pink! My gut drops but as I get close, it's an Asian dude in red. Whoah! thank goodness I'm not married to an Asian dude in red or I'd probably be at the hospital all night.
The dude seemed to be OK from what I saw, sitting up and holding his head. I've seen worse but there were maybe 10 rescue vehicles on the way up. Either the due is related to the president or he was seriously injured, I Hope it wasn't too serious!
Had some good chat with John R for a bit
Gina climbing! Climbing! Climbing!
.........and more climbing!
Gina about to catch and pass this guy! OK not really! ;-)
Ynaw ha ha ha! Leather wrist strap as a tether, no more tumbling Go Pro
.........and more climbing!
Break at Newman's Point. Best she could do as far as a smile at this point.
Mr. GlendoraMtnRoad blogger dude (Bill)
Maria and her fiance Carey
Guy went down, ouch!
Gina proud of her sweat. OK, if she gives me a chance to take
a pic of her boobs, who am I to pass on the deal? ;-)