Off the gravel descent of Guardsman's Pass, the major climb of the day, and into the verdant valleys atop Deer Valley.
Hairpin on Guardsman's...
Grinding to the top on 10%ish grades.
At the top we met some East Texans having a good time. After 17 smartphone "say cheese" group-pictures we were best friends.
With the 4500 feet of climbing over Guardsman's in us, we set out on the pastoral Jeremy Ranch road---rolling gravel delivered us to the foot of the second major pass of the ride: Big Mountain's sage to pine to aspen ascent.
Over Big Mountain and then over Little Mountain to descend back to town. After 80 miles in the saddle, over 6000 feet of climbing in three passes, and a few more miles to go, we stopped at the Sun and Moon Cafe for refreshments.