Tuesday, April 16, 2019
I must admit aside from the amount of biking I do weekly, I am a very lazy person, I have been in regret of lack of cycling with my family, luckily my wife was into the idea and Saturday all three of us rolled around the neighborhood, Landon was calm and cool on the bike and washe dout twice but was most stoked about making friends on the neighborhood playground obviously.
Oh man it has been a quick two weeks without my Stans Arch wheel, I finally got the serial number off it and sent it in to them. As usual Stans no tubes was flawless in the warrat and took great care of me. I got a nice new rim and maybe a new driver I think, the tire went on adn air went in and off I went to ride it Wednesday. Sooooo good to have it back, what a different feel of the bike over terrain and quicker freewheel engagement, I really wonder what a high end wheelset feels like. Everyting held air and I had a pleasant ride out on the Horse trails, ran into a rattler, the ones on that side of the mountain are so chill, they never even rattle at me, at Gold Canyon however those suckers mean business. I feel slightly calmer when I come across them since it's a weekly thing now....
Monday, April 15, 2019
Finally mixed up a run on the Tuesday ride, at familiar hawes but decided to go up to Mine trail. On the way I came a cross a friendly trail critter, so cool to see turtles in the desert! The rest was a masher on the eastern side of Hawes with good stuff, more climbing than usual and all was good with it.
Pretty dang nice out here still, the desert is drying out and the flowers are still holding strong but the grasses are dead, the hedgehogs are in full bloo, they're so vibrant when they flower, such a treat and distraction of color from the handlebars.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
I took Wednesday off as my wife and I went to the temple and it was best to lay off the bike and I was just fine with it. So Thursday I was off running at Hawes for some fun, still felt off but enjoyed the ride as best as I could but got my fill for the day.
Monday, April 8, 2019
The traffic pattern finally worked in my favor on Monday morning and I was pleased as I headed out to Browns to check out some of their new trails. Having not been out there in a while I was ready for a change in scenery. Got pedaling into a headwind that I would be dealing with 80% of the ride but with lush grown in narrow trail and flowers to boot I was happily pedaling into browns and on the new good stuff. The new stuff is as flowy and fun as most of Browns thrown in with some rocks to play on. It was not long in before my first reptile, A Gila Monster! I got right up close to him for a wonderful picture and then off I went into a maze of new and old unmarked trails, I got confused mostly so just kept taking random trails until I felt like heading into the known stuff. Did I say Headwind! wow it felt terrible as I climbed against it but slow moving it was steady moving. I came across a rattle snake, I rode right by it as it didn't flinch at me. I hopped off for a picture and it still had no problem with me, definitely one of the better encounters for me. Onwards now snake weary but on wide trails where I can see them more easily. A mile down the trail another snake! This one being a gopher but much more pissed off at me getting in close for a pitcure, I saw him flatten his belly and raise himself as a warning and with a picture done we went on our ways. Further into the park and looking forward to the return with the wind at my back, it was smooth sailing and some choices had me ripping down Hawksnest a classic flowy trail that heads towards the car. The plan was axle grease and I made my way there on a awsome mellow ride back to the car. Oh yeah, picked some wildflowers last week and right before the car I grabbed a bunch to bring home and replace the ones from last week :)
Monday, April 1, 2019
Looking for something a bit different that didn't involve moring traffic. So I was went for Gold Canyon. An overcast moring was welcomed and I knew my days are numbered if not already over at Gold Canyon for the summer, the place is super snakey, while I don't fear sankes as bad as some, I do fear the uneccesary wallop of trouble one can put you in. So on this lovely morning it was not long before I ran into one unfortunately. After I caught it's tail part way across the trail I stoppe and cussed after my heart started beating. We then went into a standoff where I could not pass the snake as it stood rattiling just afew inches off the trail and with grasses maybe hiding another one possibly I didn't want to venture anywhere until it moved. So I spent 2 minutes trying to figure out what to do and then very very carefully walked thru the grass on the other side of the trail since this snake had every intention on staying it's ground. Not even 1/2 way thru the ride this was going to mess up the rest of the ride, even more so when I came across the second one as I rolled by he was not bothered at all for a photo and now I was two snakes and 1/2 way into the ride. Nervous about the second half of the ride my eyes and mind were peeled tightly to the trail. Happy to report snake crossings were done for the day and I won't likely be back to Gold Canyon until the fall or despiration.
Busy out there in the hills, I guess spring break is in effect maybe, after a haul into Usery and seeing a few perfectly fit people on ebikes I was off to the horse trails to find some solitude. Luckily I found it, and closed out the second half of the ride pleasantly, now get off my lawn!