Sunday, July 28, 2013

Boca To Prosser Creek Reservoir - Alex's Endurance Mountain Bike Route



Song:  A Place In Heaven

Artist:  Thomas Bergersen





We are en route to our new favorite Saturday endurance mountain bike route
in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


We are near the entrance to Boca Reservoir...
the start, and end point, of our route.


We are at the beginning of our new route.
It was an adventure for us, as we had yet to ride it at this point.


As explained in a previous article...
our new route connects Boca and Prosser Creek Reservoirs
(bottom two reservoirs).


It is almost 5 miles one way...
and we go there, and back, on our ride.


We took our time covering this new route
(we took a leisurely 2.5 hours).

We took many water breaks...
especially after a hard climb...
and we took a greatly extended break at Prosser Creek Reservoir
(the halfway point).





The largest meadow opening on the route.



As you may notice...
we, again, forgot Alex's bike helmet.

We were so excited about our new route...
we had forgotten it in the car.

During this break...
we not only drank water...
we soaked our heads.

Although it was warm out...
there was an almost constant cooling breeze during the whole ride.


At this crossroads...
we were just a mile and a half, or so, from our halfway point.




We are approaching Prosser Creek Reservoir here.


From atop the small dam...
we could see many mountains in the distance.


This was our turnaround point.


Just a few yards down this road...
we walked to a shaded area to rest...
and to enjoy the beautiful views.


There was an even stronger...
and more refreshing cool breeze atop this small bluff.

As Alex and I relaxed in the shade...
we just sat and talked of many things.

He said he really loves the outdoors...and exercise.

Alex loves the energetic feeling he gets from the exercise...
and he loves the serenity of solitude in nature.

Beautiful surroundings let him know of the, as of yet, undiscovered beauty
that lies in his future journeys in the world...and in life.

These bike rides are naturally implied metaphors for appreciating true beauty in life.
It can only be truly appreciated when there has been suffering...
and effort given, along the way.

With those received and given...
all the senses are greatly magnified...
and all experiences...
 are deeply appreciated, and well remembered.


I told him that if we were ever to come on a very hot day...
we would go swimming here before riding back.



I have always loved distant mountain ridges and peaks.
They remind me of hidden objectives and goals in life...
of the desire to see what is on the other side.

Both us also love the feeling that there is only us there... 
no one else exists in the world at that particular moment.

No negative experiences or stress...
just we two... experiencing the grandeur of the views before us. 

On Saturdays...
nature is our sanctuary.

We use endurance exercise...
fresh air...sunshine...and beautiful views...
to forget about the rest of the world...
to clean and recharge our souls...
our customary Saturday dinner out, to fill our bellies...
and movie night...to fill our minds (with implied morals).





Before we headed back to the road...
we re-soaked our heads, and part of our shirts...
 to refresh our energy for the return journey.



Another rest stop...
another drink of cold water...
and we were once again, pedaling down the road.



During our biking of this new route...
there were a few places which had made us dismount our bikes...
and walk them for a while...as those inclines were quite extended in length
(in the first and last portions of the ride...in the mountainous area).

We made sure to not push ourselves too much on our virgin journey.

We kept a reasonably comfortable pace...
and before our legs turned to jelly on the lengthly inclines...
we stopped for a water break and a small breather.

Our endurance will build in time.

What simply must happen every time...
is for us to have a very fulfilling...and enjoyable ride.




This was the long haul incline that had taken us three breaks 
to finally reach the summit.



With the summit reached...
the rest was just some minor inclines...
and lots of declines.




Our final destination is just another few minutes away from this point.


Alex helped to load and secure the bikes.


A tired...but satisfied Alex just before our departure.


Just down the road...a small herd of deer had crossed the road just in front of us.



Boca Reservoir



We are almost to the highway at this point
(Boca Reservoir is only 30 minutes away from home).


I never tire of the mountain views when I drive through them.

We operated differently this Saturday.
We went home to shower first...
then we went out to eat.

By the time we got home after dinner...
it was too late for movie night
(we will watch a movie tonight).

In the course of our many mountain bike rides...
Alex has endured falls in varying terrain types...
but all for a good cause

(He had made me so very proud of him...
not only in how quickly he learned from his mistakes...
but in each of his falls...
he simply got back on and resumed pedaling...
without fear...without hesitation...
and all without a word of complaint).

I am sorry for being repetitious...
but every time I see my son...
every time I think of him...
my chest just swells with great pride and deep happiness.

Alex has already accomplished far more than had I at a greater age...
and he shall become a far...far better man than I have ever been...
and for this...I am the most proud.

I see my beautiful young son
becoming such a fine young man before my eyes.

Every time we experience a new adventure together...
I feel so very fortunate to be his father...
to be there with him...
 sharing good times with him...
forging memories which will last a lifetime.


Alex has so greatly improved his riding skills...
that he is now ready for Mammoth Mountain.

We will ride the beginners downhill run from top to bottom.

We will ride side by side, however...
I will have him ride on the inside of the mountain curves...
and I will ride on the outside of the curves...just in case.

We shall be going this coming week.

We have been working toward this all Summer.

We are both looking forward to this grand adventure...
with great anticipation.

This shall prove to be the epic experience of our summer.






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