Day of the Bike Rides - Thursday, 3/19/98
This morning, we drove up past Zabriske Point and stopped at Hole in the
Wall. Hole in the Wall is a 4WD road that leads up to Hole in Wall,
an 1850 foot high pass between two stone walls, about 2200 feet high.
Melissa, David, Trish, Courtney and I tried riding up to Hole in the Wall.
Unfortunately, it was a bit steep and the road was a bit rough for some
of us. So, we rode down highway 190 back towards the Ranch and turned
onto Twenty Mule Team Canyon Road. We start at 870 feet, and 2.7
miles later, we pop out at 1190 feet on highway 190 again. Here's
some photos of our ride:
Later that day, Trish and Melissa and I tried Hole in the Wall again.
We were racing against time - it was quickly getting dark. The going
uphill was very slow - the road was very uneven and soft, and rather steep.
The road starts at Highway 190 at 1000 feet, and Hole in the Wall is 3.6
miles from the highway at 1850 feet. As we got father and farther
up the road, it looked like we wouldn't make it up and back before dark.
I left Trish and Melissa, and rode as fast as I could to Hole in the Wall.
Here's a picture of the approach to Hole in the Wall:
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'z' to zoom in and out.
I met up with Trish and Melissa on the way down. We got back to the
car well after sunset. We had to use the car headlights to get enough
light to take the picture: