It is challenging to find a new route from your house without travelling big distances to the start . So either you spend hours riding there, or use a gas guzzler to get there. (I have an issue with that on a routine basis.) It is okay to ride 2 hours to the start of the "ride".
During the work week riders start thinking about the weekend rides and routes. Mostly it is established rides that have been done many times. Mike suggested Tarosero and that was an exciting idea as it is a blank space on my map of places visited. It is a 2,400 meter peak sitting on the edge of the Monduli Juu plateau. the base about 40km from home.
There are purists among us who would not consider riding for hours on a highway to get tot the start of a mtn bike route. Didn't seem to bother Mike or I. We publicised the ride but only got a nibble from Sammy. Sammy tried to drive and meet us but his phone had an issue . Maybe the lack of takers was because we are on the slow side of the pack, or maybe it was the 530am meet up, or maybe is was an unknown route.
We arrange to meet on the west side of town at 530 am after we had both ridden for 30 minutes in the dark to the meet up. Daylight is a few minutes before 6am. We both had lights and an excited mood.
As the soon rose we were treated to a red sunrise and hazy views back to mnt Meru.
I should mention that Mike had heart surgery a year ago.
The cattle trail is steep and sometimes rocky.
I left home at 5 AM and got home about 4pm. the last 5km were very hard. I struggled and shifted to low gears on hills. mike said about 1200m elevation gain.
Great ride, a real classic with incredible views.