Bugman and I managed our first “up and over” ride on Highway 71 through the Wildcat Hills on Saturday.
We saw seven other cyclists out there on the highway south of Gering that morning.
It was a beautiful day for a ride.
The blue flax has started to bloom along the roadside. The reeds in the borrow pits were studded with red-winged blackbirds. The notes of the meadowlark’s song have finally ripened and become heavy enough to cascade down from high places – telephone poles, fence posts, dessicated yucca spires – whenever the bird opens its beak.
The up-and-over ride is a great training ride. With a turnaround at the intersection with Highway 88 west, it’s a 38.5-mile ride from our house with 1,776 feet of climb. The north face of the hill is a bit more challenging to ride up than the south face, as Banner County rises in elevation the further south you go.
Copyright 2015 by Katie Bradshaw