Hi, My name is Jacob Ashton, I’m a new member of Team Zinn and this is an epic ride that I recently rode on Jan. 16.
The ride started in my hometown Clarkston, WA. I began the ride just before sunrise here’s a picture of the Snake river from the Bryden Canyon bridge.
Here’s Swallow’s Nest Rock just across the river as seen from the base of Tammany Creek.
Some of the many cows seen from the saddle today, again off of Tammany Creek.
A long, straight and slightly damp road just over the top of Tammany Creek.
The top of Webb Ridge with the Waha Mountains in the distance.
Main Street in Cul De Sac, ID (yes, that’s the real name) just off of highway 95.
One of the ten dogs total that I counted that tried get me on the ride. The others were not so small, two Dobermans were the worst but I didn’t risk a picture.
about two-thirds of the way up Cottonwood Creek.
The foothills of the Palouse (Pronounced Pa-loose) on the left with the Moscow (Moss-co) Mountains in the distance on the right.
Cherry Lane Bridge, a one-laner crossing the Clearwater river off Highway 12
The Clearwater river as seen from about one third of the way across the Cherry Lane bridge.
Clearwater Canyon from the base of Hubbard Gulch a 3 mile hill with an almost 8% grade average at mile 44.
Two pictures of the Julietta-Genesee Grade just out of Julietta, the first is pointing down the and the second up. The hardest hill in the ride averaging a rhythm destroying 10.5% for 2.75 miles and at mile 51.
Strada Marron, Julietta-Genesee Road
Snow around the edges of Julietta-Genesee Road.
Some of the Grain elevators in Genesee, ID. Did you know Genesee has the highest wheat yield per acre in the world?
And back into the valley the bridge farthest away on the right is the Bryden Canyon Bridge that I crossed earlier. This is the veiw from the overlook at the top of the Spiral Highway.
The Spiral Highway doesn’t have it’s name for nothing in this picture all the stretchs of road in the immidiate area are parts of the Spiral Highway.
And the last picture’s me with my Zinn post-ride back at home.
I’ve been riding my Zinn for a couple months now and it’s design sets it apart from any other bike I’ve ridden. It has 205 mm cranks, 30 mm longer than any other bike I’ve ridden. These long cranks allow me to utilize muscles that I otherwise would not use on 175′s and therefore allow me to ride more efficiently and much faster. Another great thing about this bike is it’s lack of shimmy or speed wobble, an inherent trait of large framed bikes, this allows me to be much more confident in my descending at high speeds. It is also much stiffer than all the other higher end bikes I’ve ridden so I the extra power I can now produce is not wasted and is transferred efficiently to forward motion. While the bike is very stiff it also has excellent vibration dampning, this keeps my hands and other areas from going numb on the less than perfect roads like the ones in this ride.