I like riding with Glenn Neigenfind. He’s an incredibly-experienced rider who seems to somehow magically know what my abilities are (and aren’t). He stretches my abilities, yet not too much. I don’t think you can find a better mentor.
I got a call from Glenn on Thursday afternoon and shortly thereafter met him on the power line road. Getting there is easy: from US Hwy 550 just north of Colona, turn east on Buckhorn Road, follow this to Winchester, go north on Winchester through a gate and you end up on the road that parallels the power lines.
Our first order of business was the power line road itself. The road isn’t used much, so the dirt is a bit loose. There are rocks and some relatively steep ascents in places, but otherwise the road is fine. I’d rate it a fairly easy ride (low-intermediate skills). We traveled up until we were directly under a pylon that sits at the end of an overlook. From here the power lines plunge down to a pylon on the flat area below us. It’s a very weird view looking at the power lines from above!
From there we traveled on up to a great view spot Glenn knew. Everything is mighty green—probably the greenest it will get. The grass is just starting to go to seed, which means it’ll turn yellow here pretty quickly, so we’re enjoying the green while we can. The 90-degree panorama shown below is made from several shots sewn together in Adobe Photoshop Essentials 6.
After enjoying the view, we retraced our steps to begin what I call Glenn’s Power Line Exploration Loop.