|Team Mang taking in the view|
From the intersection, they made the steady climb up to Sunrise Visitor Center where, as usual, the main activity was taking pictures and basically "drinking" the hamburgers (the speed at which they gulped those burgers effectively amounted to drinking). You can imagine how hungry they were when they got there.
|Souvenir T-shirts and knee |
socks were effective cold
One memory that stands out among the participants was how cold it was after that quick hamburger meal at the lodge. The weather had cooperated and held back the rain, but it was cloudy and a bit cool to begin with. Naturally, climbing up with effort kept the riders warm but as soon as they relaxed inside the lodge, the cooler mountain temperatures became real and some had to scramble for pieces of clothing to help them keep warm on the descent. Suddenly, the gift shop was beckoning. Thank goodness for souvenir t-shirts and newspapers (to tuck inside your jersey to warm your chest on a descent). Everyone made it down safely, of course, and celebrated with cold beers at the parking lot. One more epic ride for the books for Team Mang.
|A relaxed 25 mile ride for the rest|
Always a fun time with Team Mang!