Tuesday, February 21, 2017
San Tan has a place in my heart as the sun goes down, once you get into it you kind of in a valley and it has always thrown down exciting sunsets. This time it was a sun rise, after a little rain the day before it was nice and cool in the valley and as the sun tried to rise, sights smells and noises I welcomed the desert into the ride. It's not often I experience this much peace, I see why some people are in love with it, and while it lacks trees and other things I kind of get it. I stopped for a moment on a lookout, since for once I was not time crunched with ambition. I listened to the birdies chirp and the valley glowing and said my thanks and was on my merry way. I really really really need to stop and smells the roses, things go too fast, time is just a blur, I want to stop more and take in the moment, it's time to do that more often. Unless its summer and the sun is trying to kill you that is. I decide to hike my bike up Gold Mine which I have never done, it was a fun rocky loose drop down, good to get that one off the list, what took so long.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Got out on the regular Thursday, can't say I was wild about Usery spin but it was a spin so stop complaining knuckle head. Grabbed the Kona Unit again and enjoyed it's gearing on the flat filled mellow trails. All was breezy and over after 18 miles in 90 minutes
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Out on the trail Monday looking for shade on the Kona Unit. I have been not so hot on the bike since I got it but decided to load it up and ease the abuse on my Trek. I was happy as heck rolling in 32x18 such a nice gear to ride on the flat, pay for it on the climbs but sure it sweet in between. I was enjoying the bike more than I have recently, still need to play with tire pressure and sure would love to put a lightweight wheelset and better tires it sure would improve. For now I imagine what I want and go from there. Enjoyed the ride proper, might bring it more into action.
Got out on a delicious Saturday afternoon ride, I must say I was pretty excited to work out a deal for a ride around 4pm on Saturday, I rarely ride this time of the day and man was it nice! With the trails completely empt of people I set off into the cactus filled tightly wound wonderful trails of Gold Canyon. I felt really good and that didn't mean fast, just enjoyed the crap out of the ride. The light got all pretty the last 30 minutes before the sun hit some clouds, but was smooth sailing fun! Loving it
Well I set off Friday looking for some fresh meat, with time of the essence I set off for the picket post located up the hills along the Arizona Trail. Ready as can be I arrived to the trailhead and found many many horse trailers, like easily 20 of them, and lots of vehicles. I was really bummed since it was looking to be a very very busy trail day. Regretting my decision I was in for it and almost thought about not riding, since the AZT is sweet narrow single track and would be an absolute nightmare with caravans of horse people. Set off with low expectations, began to climb steadily, this one definitely has some elevation. Feeling just fine enjoying the views and then I used my brakes. They felt completely wrong, the pistons were not retracting and were grabbing onto the rotors dragging my legs with them. As I climbed i could feel the brakes grabbing, this was a rough intro to a long haul climbing with brakes sucking my energy from me. Needless I carried on enjoy person and animal free rest air. Had about 2 hours to ride and hit my turnaround point. Always expecting a sweet long Dh it's a bit of a mix of ups and downs but it was very good despite frustration with my brakes. I got home and found out early Sram Guide brake levers are known to be a culprit here especially in Arizona, looks like warranty for me if all goes well :) then sell them and get some Shimano!
Monday, February 6, 2017
Off to Browns Ranch on the Early Saturday morning with excitement. It's always further than I want to travel and always need more time while I am there but still happy to commit two hours of trail riding. I set off for the quickest route to El Diablo. It was chilly as I dipped in and out of the brush, I have always notice that Browns holds pockets of moisture in the early mornings. After Diablo was cleaned I sent off for Granite Mountain and whetever else I could happily fill my time with.