Friday, August 30, 2019
Feeling good, set some personal records even on this one! Great stuff, ready to rest the legs for the weekend.
Mix N Match Joy
Just another standard loop of good ride, I am way too predictable...... looking forward to getting out to Gold Canyon this winter, I have come close to going but just too concerned about rattle snake fangs. Ready for some fresh trail, I really wish I could get up to flagstaff, I'll keep begging the wife.
Cooking up a ride
Excessive heat warning is in effect, it feels terrible outside but if I get done by 10am it's not all too bad, it's not sweating that bothers me, it just gets under my skin and makes me grumpy. I predaled on like nothing was going on and it reallly didn't feel all that differnt out there and got done before it coule reach 100F.
Sticks aren't snakes
Monday was off to a good note, feeling better than normal head and body wise, dnag sticks everywhere on teh trail had my heart stopping a few times thinking of snakes, it's been quiet for awhile, I guess they're just waiting or it to cool off a bit, I don't blame them.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
So on Thursday in the hat of being in hurry making my wifes lunch I took a kitchen knife pretty heavily to my finger. I stopped the bleeding and bandaged it up and wondered how much the next day it would hurt. Turns out it was not all that bad in the pain department, so I enjoyed this Fridays activity per the normal. It was a windy push up the neighborhood and then I had to use my brakes, awkward at first and then like nothing ever happened. Another great week of pedaling the bike through a hot desert, longing for breezy open windows filled with clouds and trees, looks like another 2 or less more years here in the desert for us.
I wanted to climb up Usery, was not sure what I wanted to do after that so it just turned into the standard loop for me, I was kinda happy to get through this one, it was a challenging week at home and aot of my mind. Lots of things to take care of when I got home too. Still count my blessings.
Powering through August
Hot and heavy but feeling good, mixed up the route around Usery and was happy doing so, really need more variety if I am going to be so persistant about riding 5 days a week year after year. All went well, looking forward to not wearing sunscreen!
Beat goes on
Was on a heater this morning, expected maybe some PRs but in my head I felt quick, not quite sure what it was but feelign good and looking to get through August.
Good N Pretty
Felt way more humid out there with the clouds, with that came some pretty scenery, nice to see soemthing different kinda, it hsowed off what green the monsoons brought the moutnains this summer which has been extremely little but still to be seen.
Plains of Africa
It was standard Usery stuff until I decided to cross the raod, looking for something different it was a speedy pedal into the maze of horse trails, the scene was spicy, that area has such a different look to it and in late summer it was looking dry which it was ofcourse. I missed the main trail somehow and just took one of the many horsey trails back to what I needed and then it was a breeze there on out.
New chain for the superfly
I set the trek back up for riding, I wasnt wild about the belltown brake issue and was ready to get back on the Trek. Took to Hawes nicely, the chain but a bit crunchy I think it wants a new front chain ring or it breaking in.
Lovely Clouds at South Mountain
I had an appointment in Tempe Tuesday morning so I had the idea of heading to South Mountain. Turns out it was a great idea I had a really good ride, i think it might have been mostly cause I have not been there in awhile but man I need to ride up National soon I forget how fun that can be I am just pretty lazy and unmotivated to do it on the SS climbing parts. So Javalina and other filled my cup nicely. Much needed cloud relief and change of scenery.
Monday started wit the Hawes standard for me, rolling in it was spicy out there.....I can take the heat no problem but doesnt enoy I mean doing so, feeling better this week I was optimistic for a good ride and as usual that never fails.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Threw some reggae in the ear buds this morning, turned out to be quite good on the ride, added a different bit of neighborhood pavement but other than that it was uneventful.
I did not intend to ride this morning but after a stormy night I was anxious to experience the smells and sights after a summer rain. It was about as expected with exception humidity discomfort, but smacked a ride out and felt good doing it, so many smells!
Sucker for sun rises
CRackin early morning, the good ol classic Hawes loops, not much else, thinking about test riding the new Speialized Fuse, its now has adjustable dropouts and that kinda excites me.
Of mice and worn legs
Last week of mega early rides, I do enjoy them but they affect a bit of my evenings as I tend to be more tired, kiddo goes back to school, hes growing and becoming such a great boy, I love him so much. I had worn legs on this one, worn mind maybe too, none the less another good ride in the desert on a beauitful morning.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
All was peachy for the last ride of the week until this guy showed up in front of me, he was quick to move out the way and so was I.
Noodling through weather
I was very ambitous to squeeze this one narrowly in between thunder storms, I hit the road to have an escape and watch the radar as I climbed to my destination under flashing skies. The radar and my wisdom was reading I was safe and with a steady drizzle I dropped in for round 1 with good outcome. I had to keep an eye on my phone to plan my route, I adjusted accordingly and with a few sketchy moments I got my full ride in happily.
Monsoons bring the goods
Monsoons finally showed up to party the other night, I went out in the morning to enjoy some packed dirt, I decided to really mix it up and head for San Tan. I have avoided it mostly due to horse traffic and the fee required. Turns out it's still boring and alright but the dirt was great and scenery even greater!
I am not sure if it's just the camera but man these mornings have just been stunningly beautiful, the trails have been meh but with the desert warm and pretty it sure helps the experience!
I have not seen a Javalina in a long time, I ran into two little fellas trying to cross the road, I made them nervous as we came across one another but they acomplishe they're mission none the less. I hope they stayed away from the traffic though their future was not looking good if they didn't stick to the fence by the trail.
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