For my lunch ride today (The one I rode solo since none of the core group would come ride with me...sheesh), I decided to climb up the steep paved road above the Orem cemetery, then climb up the dirt jeep road and then drop in above the cliff band above the Provo race course. It's been years since I've ridden that section. It still gives me the creeps. The exposure is big and a little mistake could mean big consequences. But the reward is sweet. Instead of riding the jeep road all the way around, this route drops you right onto the race course which is just a fantastic section of trail.
After the first lap, I had to have more. I did a second lap and was seriously considering calling in sick for the rest of the day and just riding laps on the course. Maybe it's just been a really long winter and I forgot just how good some tight, buff single track can be. Or maybe the course is in extra good condition (just moist enough to be be able to rail through the turns but not wet enought to get dirty). Maybe both, but I just couldn't get enough.
After making myself ride back to the office, I decided to top off the ride with a Big Mac. Every 6 months or so, I'll get one of these. Today seemed like the perfect day to do that.
Tomorrow (Friday), I plan to do the same route but maybe add a 3rd lap. 11:45 depature time if anyone is interested.