But, why even do a long ride? Waking up at 4:30am to head out on a solo epic is not for everyone after all. Truthfully, it is not even for me. When I woke up at 4:30am to do the epic, my body had every reason to go back to bed. My mind made excuses. Luckily, I tricked my mind by having a cup of coffee....I even chuckled at myself and thought "can't turn back now, you have caffiene in your body." Back to the question, why even do a long ride?!
I still don't have a definite answer....but I know the sunrise, flowers, monsoons, my reactions to getting lost, climbing over downed trees, riding solo, "bikeaneering" in the rain, trying to climb the traditions like drinking a Coors Lt, seeing animals, etc, etc.
....and back to where I started again.