Day 517: Death Valley Visit 2, Day 8

Today Trish and the Kids went hiking with Bubbie and Zayde up Gower Gulch and back down through Golden Canyon:

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Manly Beacon:

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Traversing the shoulder of Manly Beacon:

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Manly Beacon from the Golden Canyon side:

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Meanwhile, I joined a couple other cyclists from a nearby campsite to ride up to Dante’s View.  Two miles from the top, a chain link pin came loose, caught in the idler pulley cage, and pulled the rear derailleur up and into the wheel.  that brought me to a stop rather suddenly:

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I removed the derailleur from the frame, and used my chain tool to remove enough links to turn my bike into a one speed.  I was able to continue the ascent, but I was in the hardest gear on the rear cassette, so it was tough going.  I did have to get off and walk a couple segments:

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I did eventually reach the top.  The ride was 32 miles with over 6,000 feet of vertical.  Great views of Death Valley from the top:

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Looking back down at the final ascent:

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Unfortunately my phone died before capturing the last 900 feet of ascent, but you get the idea:

Day 516: Death Valley Visit 2, Day 7
Day 518: Death Valley Visit 2, Day 9

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