Traffic isn’t bad and the 1290 makes passing both safe and fun on riverside Highway 55. Temperatures are more bearable in Long Valley. I grabbed a snack in Cascade at Harpos but haven’t needed an emergency slushy like the Troy Days ride.
I bypass McCall as usual then wait with others at road construction below the Little Ski Hill a few minutes before entering the small mountain pass along Goose Creek. There I experience one of the pleasures of riding, to feel and smell the rivers of cool air flowing from higher elevations through forest ravines. It’s refreshing and invigorating.