Thursday, March 23, 2017

Speedy Breathtaking Hawes

I don't know how I managed it again, my wife got me a 2 hour window to go ride, I was ecstatic the weather was pleasant and was a cooler day. A I was pedaling in, I was feeling great! I was putting the power down and I felt really good, the scenery was absolutely wonderful, lots of wild flowers, nice light, I LOVE riding this time of the day, much better than 5am alarm clocks. I decided to push hard, see what I can do, I was really happy back on my Trek with 2.3" tires, it really feels better when I am not on this plus tires. I got a phone call from my brother half way thru so I lost my speed ambition but it was good to talk to him over the headphones. Actually talked to him for awhile, and by the time he was off the line I had 10 minutes of ride left, I felt distracted and lost some peaceful views but oh well. Turns out I broke all my personal records while I was on the gas, felt good!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Roadie Tuesday

Well I tried to run, I took off from my house and my legs just felt dead, without a mountain bike option I grab the road bike and hit to the streets. I have nice canal trails to ride, but riding my tiny wife road bike is obviously not a good fit but I make it work. Tons of pollen to the eyes and mouth on this one, but got about an hour workout and didn't have to deal with running for a workout.

Beautiful Monday

As shock would have it, my wife said I could roll out in the evening for a ride, during finals week I never expected her to offer such a thing but I sure could appreciate it she did. I went with closest location to save time and that was Usery. This place sure doesn't bring excitement, I brought the Kona and that didn't bring too much excitement either as the cranks came loose on me. However it was a beautiful evening in the desert, lots of wild flowers and cactus even making their go at it. Uneventful scenic ride, hope to squeeze one more in before Utah, I am brining my bike but the forecast is meek. The lower elevation trails are plenty free of snow but there is a lot of rain in the forecast. Lets see what happens as next week unfolds.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Early O San Tan

Had to guarantee my wife I would be home at 8am was the only way I was allowed to get a ride in. I am always looking for those 50 miles and so far so good this year. I planned for Gold Canyon but found myself instead went to San Tan. It has been HOT, 96 was the high for Saturday, the morning is quite nice at 64F before the sun comes out to try to give you Melanoma. I am getting more bitter and unpleasant as the heat comes on. I just don't know how I am going to do another summer here. Oh well, on with the ride, standard loop for me, pretty quiet that early in the morning. I noticed a rider on me as I climbed Stargazer, I kept him off until the flats and he pedaled around me. Caught up to him on the climb up Dynamite and descent, the fact he was full race gear had me working a little harder to play with. Chatted with him in the parking lot, I guess he was chasing me down for awhile, older fella in great shape, was nice to have someone pushing me a little. I guess I can see why racers do it, but stuff ain't for me.

McDowell Delight

Oooohhh wheee, went out on early morning Friday, got right to it at 6am on the bike with new pedals and a new gear. I can't believe how much smoother the bike is without those sloppy bearings not he Spank Spikes, what a garbage product. I now have Race Face Chesters on which do the trick but I wish they were wider. I was lucky enough that lights aren't required at 6am now as we get further into spring, light came slowly as I rode on Escondido which is such a sweet trail. I was very surprised to find how lush it was, lost of grass and flowers and if there were aspens I would seriously take the landscape for Park City. I LOVE the smells, I can't remember it that well a year ago when I was here, but it reminds me of my Wasatch Mountains since they are somewhat similar. Once Escondido was done it was a way but long pedal on Pemberton out to Gooseneck. I love gooseneck I wish Pemberton was more exciting but no big deal. Thoroughly enjoyed goosenecks beauty and twisting narrow trail. I was enjoying ALL of it!, The Bluff to Wash and that was a fast fantastic ride!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hot N Pollened

Well the kiddo is off school, he's got two weeks off and then LuAnn is off for two weeks. I was wondering how I was going to get thru the week with a ride, I planned a night ride for monday which actually seemed like quite a good idea considering its 90F outside and it's filling me with rage. My wife assured me I had not need ride in the dark and I could do an evening ride which was absolutely exciting! I love riding that time of the day and was very thankful she was willing to look after me boy while I stretch my legs. Usery was the choice of ride and as the day would have it, I was hit with massive pollen overload. Never quite felt it like this but as I rode my eyes were the first on attack. The scenery was stunning, tons of flowers, lots of lovely light, it was distracting while hunting down possible snakes on the trail. I shredded the normal loop in fashion, it felt good being out there, that time of the day made it all the better to ride. Was getting crushed by the pollen but it was worth it. Man 27.5+ sure makes me feel slow, and the numbers show it too, kind of frustrating, but hope to get some skinnies on the kona one day. Across the road and more fun rolling happy and fuzzy, it was an absolute blast out there but paid the price by mother nature.

Casa Grande Mountain

On friday I was off at 5am headed for a never ridden spot. I had arranged to help a friend with installing some windows on his home down in the area and I brought the bike to check this place out. With just enough light by 6:10am I was without headlamp and foggily headed onto unfamiliar trails. It started well and then went down the pooper, I decided to hit a fun looking wiggly trail but it turned into a mess of not so good trail. It took some navigating and I was very glad to be down with that trail when I reached to northern parking lot. Now on the Ridge trail things were looking up, pretty narrow winning trail along the hill side. It went up and down the hillside in fashion, some rough sections for sure but all worthwhile. I was moving slowly and didn't feel all that great so far, kiddo passed a cold onto me. I was making just fine time but was ready to be done for the morning. I made my way to the car via East Phricking Butte. Three Chihuahuas was a relief as I got closer to the car and then closed in on it. I can say I was not all that impressed with the trail system, but coming from what I have here in Phoenix I don't need to be, a good explore and adventure.