I’ve done Mt. Umunhum a number of times, but it has always been on my triple. It’s time to try it on my compact double. I won’t be breaking any records, and just want to finish it.
Unlike before, I did make a number of stops. I guess I won’t be getting any PRs on the climb. The last time I attempted this on my Volagi, I didn’t make any stops, but I really paid for it at the end. I ended up bailing after about 1 miles on Mt. Umunhum Road.
It started out pretty warm .. I started at 9 am, and even then, I was just in shorts and no arm warmers or jacket (although I carried them with me, just in case). It’s a good thing I did, because as I started climbing towards Umunhum, the fog was shrouding the mountain.
I later found out there were expected wind gusts, so that’s why the fog was moving around the mountain peaks so much. However, as far as gusty winds, it really didn’t affect my climbing at all. The temps were still okay .. however, I did notice my Garmin was at 90 F at the base of Mt. Umunhum Road (although the bike was sitting in the sun), and the closer I got to the top, the temperature dropped into the 60s.
I did get passed by several people while on Umunhum, but I didn’t pass anyone. This kinda tells you how tough this climb is.
I did get passed by this other woman, who was just behind me. She passed me almost with ease … but she did give me motivation going up the last part of that ramp! Thank you!
When I got to the top, it was all foggy, and I thought, “I’m in the clouds”. Even though it’s foggy up here, it isn’t down in the valley.
Ok, time for the descent. It’s a bit chilly up here, and it’s a good thing I had arm warmers and a vest. I think a jacket may have been a bit too much, so this is perfect. Now for a big drop in descent, from 3300 feet, down to 500 feet. Unfortunately, this means that there may be some timid cars descending the hill … I guess that’s what good brakes are for.
Remember how I said it was forecast to be windy??? Well, I found out when I got off the mountain. It was really swirling and windy down below. You wouldn’t have guessed it if you climbed Umunhum today.