I did recover....or so I thought. We travelled on....assuming that the person that talked to us the previous week was correct and that this was a big loop! But I had this gnawing fear that this was an out and back.
Yes I did have a helmet...it was just off my head while I rested. I recovered and got back on that bike. But that gnawing fear had grown....seriously if this was an out and back trail, I was in trouble because I was already well past shot! We rode a big further and ended up seeing two other bikers. We asked them about the trail....it was not really a loop. They showed us the map. They advised that wecould make it a loop only if we rode on the road for about 3 miles...a busy, no shoulder, narrow road....about 3-4 miles further down the trail and navigated a very steep ascent to get to the road...a one mile side trail. They advised that most bikers made it an out and back ride and that’s what we decided to do. Yes, we actually continued on to complete the trail.
I was fine though and we headed to the car wash to give the girls a bath.