Monday, September 17, 2018
CT has been on my mind ALOT, those green trees outside the window, cool air, birds chirping, owls hooting, bugs more chirping, winding country roads, homes with yards, and most importantly sweet sweet shaded tree filled moist dirt trails. For now my home is here in Puke Valley, sometimes harder than other times to step back and remember how good I have it even here in Phoenix, still I yearn for rural life, anyway thats where my mind was on this ride and has been for some time. Riding is good I can't complain, but dang that sun is always blasting......
Went on a ride over at Usery, passed a new trail a few weeks ago that read lost sheep, I haven't ridden it yet but this ride out of curiousity checked it out. Turns out it wasn't too shabby, its a direct and decent route to the nature center, narrow and good, theres so much more room for beter trails at Usery but they still do nothing.
Another Monday in the saddle, another Hawes ride, got buzzed by some US military on my ride, was freaking awesome! Still not feeling the valley right now, lots of shaded trees and crisp fall air on my mind, ofcourse I am not talking about AZ.
Friday, September 7, 2018
I ran threw some trail route ideas in my mind, it changed on the fly as I went and ended with a good result, now on day 12 of rides, feels totally fine I must say, body or mind was in no way looking for a break in the cycle, but I do feel this binge needs to coe to an end on Saturday since I need to stop sometime right. This ride was fine and dandy, getting time for tires soon, dreaming of fall in the northeast or somewhere in Utah, for now I keep dreaming while understanding how extremely fortunate I am for all things in my life
It's September, very much looking forward toa cool down, not that its coming soon but in the next two months it will crawl and I will take that. Weather doesn't really get good unitl December but the fact it's noe Septeber is a morale boost. This ride was bland and fine a good day to ride on a cloudless hot Phoenix monring in good health and on a great machine.
Well the time had to come, I am happy to be back with my wife and kiddo, happy to report all things went smoothly while I was gone, I got home Monday about 8pm and was wiped out. Tuesday morning I had a empty house after the kiddo went to school so natuarally I went out on my bike. It went ok, had alot of thoughts running thru my mind but the ride was pleasant and mission accomplished.
Ok Monday morning was my last crack at a ride, it was up and early for me and I got riding at the crack of light. Let me just say riding under the canopy of trees has been incredible, all aspects have been incredible to be honest! This morning was humid! 97% humid! I was feeling the last 8 days straight of rides, but stillplenty of enough in the tank to enjoy 90 minutes of Huntington. I had more of a mission to hit the north end of the trails, by the time I made it up there after some easy riding I wish I had more time, what I did ride was great however and something to look forward to. The humidity felt great, the whole trip has been a success and really really made me not miss the desert what so ever, so much that I could move back to CT and enjoy the North East. Oh please make this next 1.5 years go by fast and hope so badly we can settle down somewhere for good wherever the heck it is, just not near a city!
Well after some thought I ended up at Rockland very early Sunday morning, with questionable legs and eager ambition I was ready to hit the trail very early. Having been to Rockland just once, it was going to a navigating mess but I was armed with a good trail map and plenty of time. It was a rough start but legs warmed up quick and I enjoyed a full dose of Rockland, the mix of easy and technical and flow was pretty dang good. I hit pretty much all of everything I wanted to, leaving another trip in the future to finish up the last little bits, again after 2 hours I was very very pleased and headed home along beauitful backcountry roads to another relaxing day with the family.
Wow I cna say I was most excite to get back to Case Mountain, Derek told me a few weeks ago when I asked him to join me on a ride that I woudn not recomend the place, turns out he was spot on! 90% of the ride I had no idea I was even at Case. John Jisch joined us as well and the two older gentlemen put the beat down on me as usual, we rode some really really good trails. Case is not very technical and that was welcomed as I was fighting to kepp up somewhat, I noticed a little fatigue around hour 1 of 2 but I just kept chuggin on getting served up some lush cool perfect green session in the woods. When the ride was done I was complete, I wanted to ride more but my mind and bosy said tomorrow is another day and I was excited to get home and be with family. I must say riding in CT s far has been a dream come true, its just as good as I remember it, even better actually!
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
holy crap! I was not prepared for how awesome it was going to feel to be back in CT< the greenery, the humidity the trails I was in state of euphoria. I wanted to see how the bike was running since the next day I had a ride scheduled with some friends and wanted things in tip top shape. After a few minutes of sleep the night before on the red eye I was a bit beat but every bit excited to ride! The ride actually lifted me up and a surge of energy came in and I had a great ride. I tried to ride what I remembered in my head and then used some trail map to figure out the rest. Some wrong turns were made but more rights than wrong, I use what memory I did have from the past and some on trailforks. I had unlimited time to ride but was anxious to get back home to spend time with my parents. after a little over an hour I was smiling from ear to ear and was sooooo happy
Here we go last ride in AZ for August! I am so excited to be heading to CT for some family time and bike rides! I have not been back in years now and CT trails have been fondly on my mind. I rolled out on a red eye that night but first I was getting my last dose of dirt before the journey.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Decided to end the week on a high note after I found out my wife would be home at a time she normally was not, this allowed me to get into a no cell and further than normal spot known as Browns ranch. Normally its a problem since I need both of those things when Landon is in school so I am on call. I got pedaling with the idea of not glancing at the map on my phone in the mass of trails that it Browns. I did pretty good as I enjoyed a comfortable cruise on my way to the diablo. Turns out I felt pretty lazy and changed my mind and went for an easy out away from diablo and went straight the flow of Hawksnest. Then decided to do something different and ended up on a few trails I never have the best of them being axle grease which was pretty good. I went alot further than I expected and missed a few turns and found myself at the edge of the park. I had options to get back to the car and after a stint along a wash I opted for the powerline road which was 10 minutes of wide dirt road but very effective. Then some singletrack to the car and BAM finally some new meat! Off to greener pastures next week in CT now a week away and excited.
More rains this week and wow things are green and flowers are abundant again, I went to Usery for some easy mile and threw in a climb to make things more interesting, it kind of worked as my mind was kept off the car and the things awaiting me at home long enough to get my time in.
Off to Monday, really looking forward to getting through this week and getting closer to my CT trip, really excited to mix family and some CT bike riding! I will be on a redline monocog rigid and ss like i like, but I will be taking a beating on those CT trails likely with the technical stuff. No realy bike rental or demo options so I am going for it! I was slow on my ride today, not really feeling it but moving wheels as usual.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Was trying to make it to South Mountain all week but traffic was an issue but on thursday I just went for it. It was bad so I got off and decided to start on warpaint. It was at that time I realized I had on my New Balance shoes, no choice but to rock them I rode into the trails and found them overall pretty darn good, light and strong sole and gripping just fine reminds me I have wayyyyyy too mnay miles on my fivetens and need to treat myself to new ones. Still nice and humid out it was easy riding on a standard loop. I think I mihgt start from that trailhead more often. Nice side of town :)
Wow the desert sure loved the precipitation we have had lately, I am getting very spoled by the mild temperatures and cloud cover I must say so keep it coming and we can wind down as we get closer to winter! Very pretty out there and good riding to boot! Also I hit the 2,000 miles mark, 3,000 here I come, not goal just going to happen anyway......
Friday, August 10, 2018
As I dosed off last night I awoke shortly to sound pounding rain and thunder, the skies opened up and I went off in the humid morning to see the goods. Trails were shaped and shifted once again, being day 5 in a row of rides the legs are doing just fine, just funny on the stairs. There was water running pretty strong across the trail which is an extremely rare thing, seen it once before with heavy rain, I went for it to find out it was crank deep and got the shoes wet and actually enjoye it. Plan is for a day 6 of riding, lets see what Saturday brings
After a fresh rain during te night I set off to see what it looks like since we rarely see it, some people call it hero dirt, but it's really not that heroic. I may get more gitty about seing a clean tire at the end of the ride than different dirt, so I am just saying its not very exciting, howvere the dirt in more normal environments hero dirt is very real! The desert not so much....
Spun around Usery to mix thigns up, turns out the place took a beating from the monsoons recently, lots of sand and downed debris, nothing to stop me in my route or anything so I cruised thorugh the place, planed to connect all the dots but fell short and had enough.
With humidity in the air and sweat abnormaly on the arms it was a moist one for sure, still don't know whats worse, humid with heat or just crazy heat without huimdty, either way no say in the weather but hey we are into August! Just 3 more months until we wreally get into the good weather!