Monday, March 25, 2019
I find myself undecided where I am going until I am on the highway, looking for solitude and comfortable trails I find myself getting off Brown rd quite alot lately. This instance had me on the wonderful horse trails yet again heading down to te river on a heating up busy friday morning. I do find fridays there are definitey more people out and about most have smiles. Wanted to ride saturday but dang I had a good week and headed on a weekend getaway on saturuday afternoon.
This morning began with a spring sprinkle of rain, it created quite the scene as it was brief and then moved on out in a quick order. The rest of the ride was filling a 20 mile quota, its always hard not to stop at the car when I pass it 1/2 way, luckily my will is stronger and happily filled in the blanks.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
I was kinda undecided what to do on this ride, I wanted to go up Usery Mountain but was hesitant given the amount of hikers around, soooooo I went back into the horse trails. I had 15 wonderful miles to fill and headed for the River loop. All was smooth and jolly and no snakes!
Wow, another stunner of a week in teh desert, things heating up a bit umcomfortably but still perfect on those 8am rides. Eyeballs were absolutely distracted yet again in a sea of flowers and green happy desert. I felt good this morning, relaxed and happy, even when my tire let out all it's air I shrugged it off quite easy. It helped it held all it's air until the last 5 minutes to tha car. I walked it out, I guess a big leak from the valve stem will have me rethinking the gorilla tape for rim strip on this wheel.
Finally took apart my Stans arch mk3 to send in for warranty. I have been so lazy to do this, the spoke holes have multiple cracks, so my second stans wheel warranty in two years but they have been very quick and very good on their warranties so I have not axed them from my future yet. So I taped up my old Bontrager wheel and a new tire and hoped for a tubeless success. The ride went off without a hitch, the knobs on the continental mountain kings were felt on the trail, not a fan off the bat so far, they seem comparable to my Ikons but time will tell. Nice ride and it didn't go flat so success so far.
Excited for a normal week ahead, I sent my boy off to school and to the trails I went! Pollen and spring is in full swing, puffy itchy eyes to prove it, smells are incredibly abundant on the trails, wildflowers grasses and trees, quite nice. I will miss it next month when everything goes brown.....
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
I just had to sneak one more in while th family was sleeping saturday, my wife in deep involved into preparing for finals and I didn't want to burden her by askin so off I went and was on trail by 4:45. I was hesitant to ride backside of Usery since I never night rode out there and wondered if I would get creeped out, it won since I really was not interested in Hawes again so Usery it was. All was peachy, I lost control ina few spots, my tires are really barking for a change. I slide off the trail for the second time and this time it happened so fast and unfortuunately right into a bush with a cholla as well. Luckily the cholla was a the mellow type and at the time I was going face first into it and luckily put my helmet into it just in time to take most the blow. My hand took all the needles and I happily took that over my face and eyes. It has been a long time since I have dealt with loosing control or touching a cacti. With an annoying hand filled with broken off needles I still happily finished the ride off nicely. Mission accomplished, a good ride week salvaged by early morning desperations.
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.