|Branson and the Lake behind me|
Monday, August 8, 2011
Rod Jetton- Bike Ride in Branson
Since my leg was hurting I decided to get a bike ride in. I took my mountain bike because the road in front of my house (76 east) is VERY narrow, and if I had to go off road I wanted the mountain bike. The first three miles were all downhill to the Branson Landing. I went through a roundabout and towards Hollister. Then up the big long hill to School of the Ozarks (Hard work U). Did I mention this hill is long? By the time I was at the top I was over 5 mile into the ride.
Then I turned on a residential road that went down to Lake Tanycomo and I mean it went down fast. It was nice going down but I knew coming back up would not be easy. The road followed the lake for awhile, which was nice before I again had to start climbing. This hill was not as steep but it was long and I thought I reached the top twice only to find that I had another long stretch of uphill. The final level was the steepest and my legs were shot. I hate to admit it but I got off and walked it up that last part.
I then rode over to the scenic overlook on 265 and stopped. That was 9 miles and a great view of Branson. I stopped and rested took a few photos and started back. The long ride down was easy and it went fast. Before I knew it I was headed back up the very steep uphill. I quickly got off and walked up the hill and was feeling really bad. It was hot and I was hurting.
After I finally made it to the top I coasted all the way back through Hollister and to the landing where my final 3 miles were almost all uphill. Again I got off and walked the steepest parts and slowly rode in my easiest great the flatter uphills. I made it home jumped quickly into the pool and cooled down. My camelback was dry because this was an afternoon ride and it was hotter than I expected it to be on the bike.
Over all it was fun ride and good for my legs to cross train. My calf felt a lot better after the ride.