Wednesday, December 27, 2017
With some 40 miles to my goal and burned out on the regular trails, I found some time on Saturday to make a go out at Gold Canyon. I forget just how nice it is out there, it use to be on my regular rotation but cell service and distance are an issue while the boy is in school so that's my reasoning. A very cool Saturday would have me happily heading into Gold's in a different mood I had on that was positive. Feel fresh mind and body, it was a much better experience, I went over to Phantom and enjoyed it thorough, I had some other ideas but I was pleased with my loop. Next time I will throw in more tech.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Another beautiful day and wanting to ride but never quite felt it on this ride, it was another mile after mile push to stay out there, was thinking 30 but my ambition faded and I was more than happy with 20. So much less people, I enjoyed that the best!
Tuesday was not much to say there, I wanted to go home after 10 miles but just kept at it, I somehow made it to 34 miles, my tire was leaking and luckily only once had to stop to pump it up, turns out a little hole Stans didn't feel like filling. I was overdue for a new tire so it went on that night. Wow 74 miles in two rides, and with that I put myself out of the danger zone for my goal and into the comfy zone.
I had another big week ahead of me to grow closer to my goal. I somehow need up at San Tan which was frigging bumping, not feeling the love for my fellow trail users, while most pleasant there only a few where for some reason where I get a look of distaste. It was a boring 30 miles round there and I was glad when it was over, I had plenty in the tank but a bit bored of the trails and hikers.
Me and the kiddo headed out on a cool Sunday evening to break up the evening, it was quite stunning out and with a breeze we were a little under dressed. It has been awhile since we been out there and tried to talk Landon into a little trail by the hill but he wanted the playground and that was just fine. Then after he wants to go back to the car but I insisted we at least take a loop around. I caught him resting his chin on the bars in boredom, I think the trailer biking might have lost it's excitement for him,the good news is his new bike is big enough and had gears so he should be pedaling on his own power. It was great to be out there with him.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
With 100 miles on the bike by Thursday I was looking for a bonus ride for Friday or Saturday. Fortunately for me it came on early Saturday morning. With surprisingly fresh legs I took the cool desert by 5:30am and rode into the long dark morning. At one point a coyote took to following me, pretty creepy experience with all the rabies talk with the foxes around the valley. Not sure what he was up to as he came at me from the side and then followed me down the trail. Another easy 20 miles and a solid 120 mile week!
I was definitely wanting to ride Hawes but the miles were just too easy to conquer at usery. I expected the mile to be more bland, but I went with the mission of laps, 4 8 mile laps to be exact and then the last 3 miles were freestyle. Still plenty busy as Usery not as bad as Thanksgiving week, saw many more than once, miles were long but came after 3 hours riding and 35 miles knocked off the mission clock!
Monday, December 11, 2017
Well here we go, Monday and these legs are ready for duty, with the goal getting fuzzy I am still encouraged to ride my face off to try it. Usery is super easy riding and somewhat enjoyable so why not just ride for as much time as I can. Lately I started to shoot for 2 hours and go home and enjoy lunch and show before picking up Landon but now I got to crunch miles. Set the gaol for 100 or more miles this week. Good way to start of off putting down 35, tomorrow plan is 30 and that's a good start!
With he plan for near 100 miles I found myself at 60 miles by Friday, my son got sick and missed some school and other things in the lineup. I got out while Landon went for his class on Friday, I was feeling a bit speedy even on my one gear, it was a good fast spin. Was going for a ride Saturday and family ride Sunday but neither was able to happen. Fell short big time on miles that I really needed, but onwards to see if I can still make it happen.
Wednesday night me and my homie Ryan got all geared up to do a night ride, it turned out my light decided not to turn on. Really confused and a bit bummed we had to go home. As I might have said my backup light brakes has broke and my backup backup light was loaned out. After I got home I plugged it into Ryans charger and it went red signaling charging. Thinking it was the cable or battery after 5 minutes it powered on blue meaning full charge which I knew! The problem lies in the battery, it hiccuped or is on it's way out, let hope a hiccup. Thursday night we went back out and armed with backups we did ride! This ride felt great and good company.
Got back cracking at it, Lots of miles on these trail systems, look forward to new trails one of these days. Usery was busy as usual, I had time to put down some miles and tell lots of people excuse me. I think it's time to get a new seat or chamois, all that sitting hurts my sit bones.
Monday, December 4, 2017
My lady wasn't home yet from school so i went back out for a second helping. I have done this a few times now and find it quite nice and easy to do. Sometimes I find that ride being even more enjoyable than the first one in the day. Ahhh I'm such a nut
December is almost here, another year and man do I love the temperatures right now, on this day it was nice and cloudy, I hit San Tan reluctantly but found it to not be too busy. I had 20 in mind and got it done just fine, I am within reach of my 3,000 mile goal, but have to put down 300 more miles in the month of december, I know I can do it, just have to find the time.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Feeling good I pedaled into Hawes area for the now normal Tuesday 20. I really can come close to 3,000 miles by the end of the year if I can average 80 miles a week. That seems like a tall order but I am going for it. If i can do three 20 milers and two 10's I can pull it off. Felt really good out there, strong and clear mind, good stuff.
Talked Ryan into a night ride, well actually it doesn't take much work, he's game when he can make it work as I am. Headed to Usery and had a good spina around there, he was hot on my tail most the night had to push that only gear I got pretty hard but it was good and fun.
Me and my wife were up in Park City enjoying some alone time, I held off most the day to ask for a ride, at 3pm it happened, I ran out to Glenwild hoping for some dry conditions. What I found was a dry front side and spotty soft backside, the Glenwild loop I hold close to my heart, many good memories of my early times on the bike with wife, best friend, and dog. I had been told to keep it short and hit that hour mark and was pleased. Hoped for more ride but these two would be the only of the trip.
Well ti went down, it took a few days to wait patiently for a ride, but man when I hit Corner Canyon on my own bike and pristine conditions I was one happy boy! My lovely wife dropped me off and up the trails I went. Plans to ride the classic were on my mind, I was LOVING the smells of leaves and the entire atmosphere in general, when I finished the pleasant climb up Ann's trail, I set my sights on Rush. Just a great ride down, conditions absolutely prime, I've ridden it faster but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Then it was back up for Ghost Falls. Then up an over for a spectacular sight of Utah Valley, it was surprisingly clear and warm. Some more great trails and was wiped out after almost 6,000 ft climbing and 30 miles. Very surprised with that much elevation, I am surprised my desert legs held up so well. Really lucky to have this great of weather in late November, definitely happy about it.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Well loads of people out there at Usery, the morning was filled with happy people, and some annoyed people. Came across a few groups of 20+ people and man that was a mess. Some woman said I need to notify them when I am approaching, I shrugged it off as I use my ratchet pawls on my wheel and they should hear that very well as I always do. I came across her sour puss 4 more times lol. Easy 20 as it went, nice weather and good ride.
The weekend did not provide for a ride and that was just fine. I went out Monday with 20 in mind and 20 I did. Really abusing my local trails lately sure wish I had fresh meat. Felt fine out there, my mind didn't want to ride but I did anyway, kind of the case lately.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Tuesday brought on another morning of riding, this time flat and easy for the most part, lots of people out there as the snowbirds flock in, can't say I don't get grumped out at them all but we got to share right. Uneventful out there but good miles none the less.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
With two rides wiggled out on the week I was looking for a Saturday closer, with the parents we had a great week, and before they're farewell I was up at 5am and on trail by 5:30. Ambition has been down a bit but I still find myself riding anyway, quietly into the morning it was awhile before my headlamp would go off, right around that time I ran into the Salt River Wild Horses and a tarantula. Going through Usery there was a big bike race, said Hi to the organizer and reminded him if my Superfly ever breaks I am coming to him. With bikes and trucks everywhere and a weird atmosphere I am glad to be no part of, I sped off on one last stretch of dirt happily before a few miles of pavement to link the loop to my car
After few failed attempts to ride me and Ryan went out Wednesday night for a ride at South Mountain. Starting in total darkness it has been little while and we sped into the night. Came across a few other bikers, and we chugged into the night. Moving at a good pace I left out the last little loop but hit everything else. I told him about how I rode under moonlight, he wanted to give it a go. So when we got to a good spot the light went off, I was surprised how well he did with them off as he was not on my tail and the terrain started off nice enough to enjoy the desert under the moonlight instead of a blinding spotlight. I asked if he wanted to turn them on and got not really as a reply so we happily rode to the car without them. Fun fun fun
My parents came to town and found time Tuesday morning to wiggle in a sun rise ride, I rode for quite awhile in the dark without a light due to a pretty full moon still. It was perfect out, I was live and feeling good as I cruised around the sun came up and it was very very nice out there.
Monday, October 30, 2017
The whole family got out on a joyous Sunday evening ride, it was really nice out and good to be all together out on the trail, this one my wife loves, and it's really nice to have a trail that she enjoys, we should be able to get out more as the days come by, I look forward to it.