Monday, March 18, 2019
Another dark one for me, on the trail by 4:45am and just fine with it so I could get my fix. I was on TRW and had an oh &%$# moment when I saw the tell tale sign of a black and white ringed tail of a rattle snake. I passed it and went back for a photo, it wasn't moving, I guess someone squished it. Relieved but still btohered someone left it there for a sick joke, I had a fearful job of moving it with stick which was creepy, I hate those things. Good ride though
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019
Solid nice 20 miles of Usery Pass, this would be the last ride this week, my boy is out of school on Thursday for a bit of time with his spring break. Rides will be far more challenging to get in the days to come. It's ok, I ride too much, but I will still aqueeze some rides in :)
Back to Gold Canyon to enjoy the scenery yet again, this time I was bombarded by smells of all sorts, the spring sorts, not the smell of farts or cows. Man the place is grown in nicely, I can see that spring is past opeak now but still lots of flowers and grass which is just unusual but welcomed.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
I made some nice coverage Friday on the, planned a good 20 miler and enjoyed every bit of it, plenty of clouds at the start and when I got down by the river the scene was absolutely spectacualar. I took some time to really appreciate my bike, I love that thing!
I had an errand to run and decided I was part way to South Mountain so I brought the bike to spice up a ride over on South Mountain. It's gettign scary warm out there, 80F, I thought it would be a nice change of pace but really it was further confirmation how boring Desert Classic is, my fault though, all the better stuff is up the mountain and I didn't take that route. I got it done none the less and had enough time to prepare for my inlaws arrival. Wish I was escaping the city to do soemthing cool but life calls for staying put and thats ok.
Wow, absoutely incredible out there, Gold Canyon as I have never seen it, full of lush life and flowers and primo dirt, the desert is most happy right now. I stoppped alot for pictures, I wanted to stop more but I covered the place pretty good. I will be back soon, before the snakes come out full force that it is.
Spring is in full odor out there, it was too nice out there not to go out for a second helping! I opted out of Gidro and went a different route and was more than pleased! On the final climb something flew into my mouth, I immediately spit it out and to my shock it was a fricken BEE!!!!! I am so so so happy he didn't sting me, that could of been so bad, I have had bad reactions to insect venom and a shot to the mouth could be life threatening since one to the eyelid sent me to the hospital a few years ago. No more of that please.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
I am off to two handful of what I call magical days, this one being another one of them. With downpours all night and pools of water everywhere here in the valley I was thinking of riding but realized it would require even more ambition that I didn't really have. All geared up my wife mentioned helping here with schoolwork after I dropped my son off at school. Somewhat relieved since it was cold and wet and terrible outside I helped her for a few hours while in my mind I thought on and off about tackling a ride after she went to school. A part of me was content with no ride, however by 10:30am there I was a free man headed for Hawes. Still unsure of my decision I pedaled in and headed up the nieghborhood to buy some time off the dirt. At the top of the descent there were clouds whipping over the mountain, I could see snow just 200-300 ft above me, below me was incresingly clearing clouds, no blue sky but the rain stopped, I was comfortable and ready to ride! A good descent had me on the same loop as the day before. The weather just kept getting more dramatic and distracting me as even parts of the valley were almost getting sun. The scene was incredible, I even felt the warmth of the sun on the end of the ride and it was glorious! The conditions were even better than the day before, that place drains amazing.
Anxiously monitoring the forecast hours before the ride I was thinking I would be riding no matter what given I am a desperate bafoon. I headed for the trail in the morning, it was raining lightly on the drive and then as I got my gear on at the trailhead my ambition was fading, I forced myself to pedal and into Hawes I went. Cold and not feeling it I made it a mile and listened to my heart this time and turned around as the conditions were crappy enough to warrant cutting the ride off. I went and accomplished a few errands and noticed the skies begin to change, the weather was taking some sort of brake, I kinda started to convince myself maybe it was worth trying again. I ran home and packed away my groceries and loaded up and off I went. I bega my pedal in a mist up the neighborhood pavement to ease my boredom. Then onto dirt and things were looking pretty good. I was shooting for an hour or more and after a great descent I was back climbing a surprisingly fresh track, some other silly person was out there too. At the top of secret we met, not somewhere I ever see anyone let alone a day like this. I gave him kudos and off I went. Comfortable and willing to pedal I finished the loop feeling very very good I went back to have at it. It really was a break in the weather as it let loose not long after the ride. Ambition paid off for me I am thankful.
Headed up Usery Pass and then the normal fun twisty plunge down the moutain, I definitely almost bailed on my plan multiple times of taking to 20 mile loop around the Mountain. After 3-4 battle in my head I headed for the 20 miler, as I was pedaling on the road section and into Hawes I still felt my heart was not where I wanted it. With a book on my headphones I was being educated while riding so onwards I went trying to be distracted on a very cold morning where I just coudln't get warm. Some wild weather was in store for Thursday and Friday so I was making the best of my Wdnesday still. By the time I was 1/2 way I was feeling better, relieved to just have Wild Horse to deal with and to the car now. Glad I did the loop still but dude what was going on?
WOW! These winter rides just keep on giving, it's hard to describe how pretty the desert is out there, cold starts but wamred quickly by warm sun. I did some trails I like on the back side of Usery as I do every week, I find that High Horse is my favorite of the bunch, also put tires down on the finished half of Stinger trail. Great day out there with the place to myself, well except for tons of wild horses but we don't mind :)