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As the sun was beginning to set one evening in mid-October, a string of cyclists crested a mountain in far Northern Californias Modoc County. Lagging behind due to some flat tires, my fianc and I were the last to hit the remote gravel road traversing the top of the ridge on this particular leg of our bike-touring adventure. While he stopped to snap a photo of the view, I pedaled on, head down, doggedly determined to reach our destination before nightfall. Five, maybe 10 minutes later, I heard yelling: Youre going the wrong way!