Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ambitious Loop

Absolutely amazing riding today, I hit up an favorite and rode some of the new stuff and enjoyed every piece of it. I opted riding some more ridden terrain in a little place at the very end of Salt Lake. This has grown into being a very popular Mountain Bike spot. It offers just about everything with many trail options, there is a DH trail that I opted out of since on the hard tail I was't really feeling it and it's really only got 2 decent jumps. Starting off I felt a little better after some tyenol and a redbull that seemed to help as I headed up canyon. The sun was strong and it was hot out but nothing compared to the east, even at 98 degrees it felt like nothing! I had a big loop in my mind as I headed up for the Clarks trail. Clarks is nice and smooth and skirts the hillside in an out valleys with great views and a somewhat moderate climb rate. At the top I continued and rode the double track up to the top of Jacobs Ladder which was a big ride alone at just under 2,000 feet in an hour. I ripped down this thing so fast and had a lot of fun doing such. It's very steep which allows me to go very fast. I was missing full suspension but I made do with what I got. By the end of it I made my way to the popular rush trail that I am not crazy about but hoped it was going to be better. It's very long and well built but I just like it steep and fun. Lots of little jumps and stuff but by the end I was sick of it, video to come soon. I have alot of footage to edit and pictures it demands a lot of time. After Rush I was 80% down mountain and could not believe I was heading back up for more. I took the shoreline trail west along the foothills and climbed hard again and again and then sadly lost most of it only to end up on the rd trying to find the rest of the trail. Luckily I headed where I could find the trail and was absolutely shocked when I found the tiny entrance right where I needed it to be. More shoreline trail and then huge relief as I found whats called ann's trail. This was wide and climbed steady uphill again. It met with the downhill trail and I hiked a bike up some very very steep section. It was absolutely brutal for me at this point but nice to walk a bit. By now I was kicking myself for such an ambitious ride choice. At the top I now had at least 4,000 vertical of climbing under my feet and got to head downhill on pavement to make my way to Ghost falls. Tore down that bad boy and then the tire felt low and then I realized I was in trouble. Patched the snake bite and pumped back up only to have the tube explode! Spare tube is a 29r shrader!? do they really sell these, wish I took notice. Hopeless I walked the next 30 minutes peacefully downhill and very awkwardly trying not to damage the rental bike. Amazing day for sure and loved the loop as brutal as it was. Tomorrow another ride with more miles and more nuts...... love my wife for understanding my insanity. DSC02311 DSC02312 DSC02314 DSC02315 DSC02316 DSC02317 DSC02320 DSC02321 DSC02322 DSC02324 DSC02326 DSC02327 DSC02328 DSC02329 DSC02331 DSC02332 DSC02333 DSC02335

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