“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
― Nelson Mandela

I know, I know, a third in a row about fear? I’ll make this short and sweet: I rode Andy’s Loop. I almost went off the edge of the trail as it climbs out of the Echo Canyon wash to crest. My derailleur hanger got bent, my chain stretched, but I was okay. Just a little…scared. And then my bike refused to function normally the rest of the ride. But it was okay. I just put it in a gear and left it- rode single-speed the rest of the way out. It was challenging, but not beyond my capabilities.

But it does make me question my solitary-trail-life. Mid-morning mid-week it wasn’t likely to be a high-traffic day on Andy’s. It is one of the more challenging and remote trails in the Tabeguache/Bangs Canyon area, but that also makes it all the more worth the trek.

Had I plummeted over the edge my body would have come to a rest 30+ feet down the slope. My head probably would have been okay since I always wear a helmet- but who knows the condition of my body? And cell service was negligible. And people riding by wouldn’t see me right away unless they were looking….

And yet, I know I will do it again. And again. And again. I’m not afraid.

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