Sunday, January 13, 2019
I got a great new bike stand for Christmas from my wife and I finally found reason to use it by getting the Belltown Steel frame switched over for riding. I was a bit unsure of what I wanted to do Thursday monring other than ride up Maricopa trail and Pass Mountain, it resulted in a loop around Usery easy trails and some pavement back to the car, I was looking for more of a workout but always enjoy the easyiness :) On a side not I need a longer stem on the Belltown, it's cozy on easy trails but it wants more middleground for the all around stuff.
Ok so the plan was to cross the Bush Highway and see what offerings I could find. With the new Scorpion DH trail access to the river trails this sparked my curiousity. The trails over here aren't ridden much if ever by the locals but curiousity and adventure had me. As the ride began I quickly began to stumble across a big pack of Salt River WIld Horses, a good 20 of them or so the biggest group I have seen. The morning was cloudyish but the scene was beautiful. I cross the road after a fun run down Scorpion DH. The trail had just slight DH pitch from there and on narrow Singletrack that had another runnning next to it as I swerved horse poop and hooves it was clear the horses are VERY active down here. There were trails from them everywhere. After riding Salt River Meadow, it was onto a wider trail 100, sandy at times but plenty firm for my 2.35, hooves made the soft soil very bumpy but I was moving along fine. It was quite a different scene down there very very welcomed. I came across more horses and then onto Phon D Suttong Rd where I had the option to hit pavement or hack my way to the Mesquite loop. Pretty unkown stuff down there to me I opted for the road as the route incase Mesquite sucked. As I arrived at the river I found mesquite loop after a bit of confusion, the scene was incredible, being close to the river with views of it, smells of vegatation and Oak trees and cottonwoods was awesome! The trail was fine, easy going and more than happy! Man I was loving the scenery, place might get busy in the spring/summer/fall since the trailhead lot was HUGE. Happy with this ride so far the loop began to take me north and the horse trails brought be great confusion and sme backtracking but soon I was on what I needed and was happy to leave Mesquite Loop but eager to get back one day. From there it was nice to be on familiar flowy well loved Wild Horse and straight forward return to the car on an absolute stunning morning on the bike, I am grateful.
I heard more trails were coming to Usery, after riding the new addition a few weeks ago scorpion I was excited for more. After eyeing peoples ride on strava Sunday I could see they were riding somehting different. Not sure where to get the latest news on the MTB interwebs but I quickly made plans to find my way to them on Monday. By Monday it was up on trailforks and I could see clearly what I was after, Scorpion alley and stinger. Only 2 miles of trail but new trail with new loop options! I have been loving the backside of Usery quite a bit recently and for good reason. I set off and put together a nice loop with all the goods, the news trails were great and pretty standard easy XC and look forward to them for future rides!
A nice little dose of rain Sunday left trails wonderfully renewed and the air and sky crytal clear. Clearly a nice treat I went out fot the normal sampling. It was fine and dandy and nothing too shocking other than another good ride at Hawes. My wife has just one year left of school, crazy to think after the last 12 years we have been together, can't wait!
Sunday, January 6, 2019
I wasn't expecting another ride this week and was settled with that. However my dear wife could see the anxious in my heart and said I should make one happen Saturday, I tried to picture the least impact so I went for a early morning ride with my light. I was nervous about the cold since I am now not very insulated and becoming less of a fan of cold, but as I rolled into the hills the higher I got the warmer it got. It was dakr for the first 40 minutes and then the sky came aglow! Sky colors were distracting me for sure as I moved along. I just had to stop for a few pictures. The ride was pretty straight forward besides wanting to not stop riding :) Trails were very quiet for Saturday but I like that.
Some moisture rolled into town Tuesday, Landon is still out of school and my wife has been in need of me to help with boards exam. She reluctantly sent me off to cheer me up on Wednesday and I took it. It was overcast and I was not feeling warm as I headed for the Usery area. Plan morphed as I began to ride into two laps of Upper Horse and Wild Horse, loved every inch of it, started with overcast moody desert into warm sunshine! The air was clear and snow was outside the valley, quite the sites on my eyes ith lots of photo opportunity but not alot of time to spare.