The days had been warm here, so we decided to start out early and beat the heat. Turns out that a front had blown in and it wasn't warm at all. In fact, it was downright cold! We were wearing our bike shorts and tee-shirts, and had each brought a long-sleeved cotton shirt for the sun. It turns out we were woefully underdressed, but after driving an hour to the trailhead we decided to go for it. Brrrr!
|Into the Abyss|
|Inside of the Tunnel - Flash Picture|
Once out of the giant tunnel we continued on a gentle downhill grade through a number of smaller tunnels (as short as 178' and as long as 1516') and over spectacular trestle bridges. The highest trestle was 230' above the creek below.
It took us about 2.5 hours to reach the lower trailhead where the shuttle was parked. We made sure to get there on time as the shuttles run on 90 minute intervals and we didn't want to wait in the cold for the next one!
So we boarded the shuttle and got taken (almost) back to the truck. I say almost because they drop you back at the end of the long tunnel, and you get to ride back through to the beginning, This time there were quite a few people coming down as well as a few going back with us. With extra riders and brighter lights around us, we could actually see the inside of the tunnel this time.
We may try it again when it isn't 40 degrees outside and cloudy. It was an interesting and beautiful ride.