9 Mile Hill and beyond

View on the ascent of 9 Mile Hill - looking towards Quest

View on the ascent of 9 Mile Hill – looking towards Quest

After taking a few photos of last weeks T.O.M. (Test of Metal; – see earlier posts), I decided I would start “knocking off” various section of the T.O.M. route that I hadn’t already ridden.  9 mile hill and the Powerhouse Plunge sounded like a reasonable challenge so I set off on a lovely Sat afternoon with my faithful companion Wally.  By the time I reached to top of 9 Mile hill (I actually cheated and started about 5 km below the top), I realized my fitness level was somewhat below the 500 + riders who competed last week and that about all the additional physical exertion/stress that  I could handle for the rest of the afternoon was deciding between the new Sky Pilot IPA or the Mettleman Copper Ale  at the Howe Sound Brew Pub.

Day 2 – tried again the next day – got further, but also got lost.  Think I know where to go next time – Wally got a good run.

Bonk Hill - road side flowers

Bonk Hill – road side flowers