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.
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.