Sunday, August 03, 2008

Stormy Start

Stormy Start
Originally uploaded by jmharper.
If you stayed at the park Friday night, you might have wondered if the event would ever get going. The light show started at midnight, with a lot of lightning, but very little thunder. The thunder and the rain followed at 3:30am, and continued until about 8:30am. It poured for most of this time, but thanks to general drought conditions, most of the rain soaked into the ground, and there were very few puddles on the trail.

This picture is from the campsite within the park as the clouds cleared out. It turned onto a nice day, with high temperatures around 80 degrees. Only the very first (read hardcore) riders felt any rain.

Of course, this picture also shows some of the great scenery visible from the park, and is representative of views all along the trail.

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