Sunrise on Ophir Summit, where the Toiyabe Crest Trail begins, was simply magical. Not a breath of wind to disturb the eerie silence, the world precipitously dropping off the back of the Toiyabe Range, providing stunning 360 degree views of the arid valleys that fanned out below us. A thin line of granite, maybe no more than twelve inches wide, and barely visible due to vegetation and lack of use, was our stairway to heaven, which happened to begin at only 10,109 ft. A quick hike-a-bike landed us some rideable trail that we quickly took advantage of. The first few miles of the TCT are ear-to-ear grin stunning. The exposed, undulating trail runs along the spine of the Toiyabe Range and never dips below 9,000 ft.. At times it was hard to focus on the trail in front of us because our peripheral vision was drawn to the high alpine vistas- open mountain meadows, craggy peaks, diverse flora and precipitous cliffs- that fell off to our right and to our left. Our flow was occasionally interrupted by sections of trail that were either too steep to ride or too overgrown with sagebrush, but did little to dampen our overall sense of excitement and joy.