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Darkness sets in as I arrive at the summit of Kelbaker Road at 3700 feet, ready for the 12-mile descent to Kelso in the dark

Darkness sets in as I arrive at the summit of Kelbaker Road at 3700 feet, ready for the 12-mile descent to Kelso in the dark I'm enjoying the fleeting sunset along Kelbaker Road as I slowly approach the summit, looking back to the cinder conesThumbnailsBicycle route from Devil's Playground to Cornfield Spring Road via Jackass Canyon and Kelso DepotI'm enjoying the fleeting sunset along Kelbaker Road as I slowly approach the summit, looking back to the cinder conesThumbnailsBicycle route from Devil's Playground to Cornfield Spring Road via Jackass Canyon and Kelso DepotI'm enjoying the fleeting sunset along Kelbaker Road as I slowly approach the summit, looking back to the cinder conesThumbnailsBicycle route from Devil's Playground to Cornfield Spring Road via Jackass Canyon and Kelso DepotI'm enjoying the fleeting sunset along Kelbaker Road as I slowly approach the summit, looking back to the cinder conesThumbnailsBicycle route from Devil's Playground to Cornfield Spring Road via Jackass Canyon and Kelso DepotI'm enjoying the fleeting sunset along Kelbaker Road as I slowly approach the summit, looking back to the cinder conesThumbnailsBicycle route from Devil's Playground to Cornfield Spring Road via Jackass Canyon and Kelso Depot

It's chilly up here, so I stop to put on my outer shell and warmer gloves for the long downhill ahead, which is a lot of fun. I'm a bit cold when I reach the bottom.

I arrive at Kelso Depot visitor centre at 18h, an hour after closing, hoping that they've left the garden hose outside (but they didn't). However, staff is still on-site and offers to fill my water bottles so I don't have to fuss around with the small sinks in the 24-hour washrooms in the parking lot. A huge thank-you for that!

I'm invigorated by the long downhill ride, but still rather pooped from all the hike-a-biking earlier today. After Kelso Depot, I ride and walk the bike almost two miles up the fan on Cornfield Spring Road and set up camp at a spot where I camped a few months ago.

I was hoping to set up camp a mile or two closer to Cornfield Spring in preparation for tomorrow's hike, but this will do just fine. I'm hungry and can't wait to eat supper, which is 800-calorie Mountain House Chicken and Rice: very soothing.

The cold that I caught last night is still with me. I can't tell if my aches are from the day's exercise or not. It's a tad colder here than it was at Devil's Playground, so more layers of clothing go on as the evening progresses. I fall asleep easily, but don't sleep all that well.

Recorded temperatures at Baker, CA today are a high of 63F and a low of 32F.