This trip was planned to be done fast for 2 reasons. 1. I wanted to spend some time with my family in the afternoon. 2. I wanted to confirm my self how bad my shape is (now I know my shape is bad, but I still can do pretty good time especially on the way down). I thought maybe I can try to do it under 6h and see what it feels like (it felt bad
Bike part was pretty easy and after 30min I was looking for the trailhead at the end of the gravel road. I was becoming nervous and after looong 3 minutes I found it 50m down the hill beside the sign SLOW. I knew the change from bike to walk will be a little bit difficult especially with the steepness of the trail so I started slow to get used to it. This trail was again one of its kind and in some places I felt like being in a wood cave. So dense and dark the forest was.
After 1h and maybe 10 minutes to my surprise I reached Vicar lakes plateau and after a short break I kept going to the summit. Halfway up I heard some noise in front of me. As I started to pull out my bear spray a guy showed up :-) I didn't use my spray although its going to expire soon.
150 meters below the summit I met 2 guys who showed me the summit (there are so many around
and in the very slow pace I reached summit in 2.45 min after I started my bike ride. I was getting very optimistic about the 6h mark and even 5.20 to 5.30 was possible in my opinion. After a long break at the summit (20min) I started to walk down. But when I reached Vicar lakes after 35min I started to think, what if 5 hours mark was possible. From the lakes it was one big fall down and 45min later I was resting at the bike. 37min left to 5h and I thought this will be a piece of cake. And with this much time left, I chose to take the gravel road on the east side of Seymour river which I rode for the first time...
In the end it was a battle for seconds and I ended up laying down in the grass where I started 4h 59min 35sec before. Exhausted, I wasn't of much help to my family for the rest of the day :-)