With a busy schedule this last week, I wasn't able to ride. The picture slot machine in the upper righthand corner kept bringing up a previous RR for Harding to Holy Jim. So it go the wheels turning. I threw it out in the Trailhead invites, but I think the fear of the weather kept people away. Met @Faust29 at 8:00 at the Taco Plaza in RSM. It was cloudy, but it was clear and you could see Santiago Peak from where we were....so things were looking good. It was also much warmer than I had anticipated. We rolled down Plano Trabuco when Steve says we should try the singletrack that drops down to Trabuco Creek Rd. Sure, why not. Immediately once we dropped in it was wet and muddy. Can't turn around now. He pulled over, I went by and dropped down the chute. Before I knew it, I was in a 2 wheel drift, brakes locked, sliding sideways into a bush. Stopped in time, but it was a 'oh sh*t' moment. At the bottom we jumped onto Live Oak. We figured O'Neill was closed so we just stayed on the pavement. Seemed to go by pretty quick. Dropped down Live Oak to Cook's....dirt lot was packed. Luge was a popular trail this morning. Quick spin up Santiago Canyon then up Modjeska Grade. Over the top and down into Modjeska Cyn and through a pack of turkeys on the road. Continued on to Harding. Been a while since I had climbed Harding...especially since Maple Springs had reopened. Trail had some puddles and avoidable mud, but was actually in pretty good condition. Dirt was soft like I was afraid it might be. We weren't fast, but we were faster than the other 2 guys that we passed. Temps again stayed really warm. I climbed up without arm warmers or gloves and was quite comfy. We got to 5 mile turn in no time....Steve may say different. IT WAS SOOOOO GREEN OUT THERE TODAY Up past 5 mile turn, things got easier. Around this point the temps cooled down for the first time. Clouds rolled back in and the wind picked up. Still comfortable, but cooler. At mile 6 you get the first glimpse of 4 Corners. Sooooo Close, Yet Soooo Far...... We pushed on to 4 Corners were there was a large group of riders that were hanging out before heading to Joplin. Quick break at 4 Corners and we were once again on our way. This is the 3rd time heading out to Modjeska Peak in the last 2 weeks. The last 2 times didn't go well. Today, it wasn't an issue. Cleaned it all. Maybe it was the fact that it wasn't 30* up there today. Spectacular Views Today from Modjeska Peak.... Downhill into the Saddle. The breeze was blowing on the way up to Santiago Peak, but again temps were just sooo nice. With the road closed, we had no vehicle traffic to contend with. The road again was in pretty good shape. No snow anywhere, but some water and mud just before the Peak. At the Peak threw my jacket on thinking it might get cold on the way down to Holy Jim. At this point a guy came flying up from Holy Jim side of the Peak on the steep climb hardly working....then you could hear the "whirl....whirl....whirl....." of the motor. Geared up, we continued on. The bomb craters on the Main Divide just below the Peak are horrible. Main Divide is pretty beat up....still. We opted to stay on Main Divide rather than take Upper HJ. Wasn't sure what kinda condition it was. A few minutes down and we reached Lower Holy Jim. Quick stop at Bear Springs....dry. Once on Lower Holy Jim, we were welcomed with hero dirt. Hero Dirt and So Much Green.... Lots of hikers out, but everyone was cool. We were the only cyclist on Holy Jim. We just motored along. Just before we got to the first creek crossing by the falls....you could already hear it. Yup...Water Running in the Creek.... Lots of water in the creek. Was able to ride across most of them. Made it across most of them and kept my feet dry....until the last one at the trail head. It was really deep....oh, well. Shed some extra clothes as it was really warm. Made our way out onto Trabuco Creek Rd. The forestry gate is still closed, so it was easy to pick good lines around the puddles on the road. It also means the road is in great shape. Different story on the other side of the gate. Lots of cars parked there. Road is really beat up. Seemed to make quick work of it and reached the end of the road. Quick spin up Plano Trabuco and and back to the Taco Plaza. What a great day to be out on the mountain. Y'all missed out.