Sunday, October 20, 2019
A normal week of rides, I hit 3,000 miles by the way! It was Hawes for Friday and inlaws coming in at 5pm for Landon's birthday. This fork in the road at Hawes is always to the right, it's harder and love it, decided to take a picture of it. Bring on the weekend, more cake and good meals.
Back to Hawes and was considering mixing it up and wanted to drop into Twisted Sister, I cleaned the climb real easily up to it, I was really surprised since I normally walk a short section and didn't even notice I never stopped and that was a nice surprise, not that it;s hard or technical, just a hard push on one gear. I opted to the ridge since I was not feeling the options once I got to the end of Twisted Sister. Ridge did not disapoint, te rest was easy peezy.
The mind sure was cluttered with stuff Tuesdays ride, mostly dumb stuff but I guess my dumb stuff. I put on some metal to try to clear it out, it's been awhile, but found the negative spirit to still reside. The ride was good and when I was heading home I finally began to feel alot better!
I hit the pavement Monday morning though the La Sendas neighborhood to get to the dirt, I sure wish I had a home in those hills, blessed to have my current living space in Gibert but man some yard would be nice. Soooo pretty standard start to the week, riding to ride and thinking about riding elsewhere.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
The other monring I caught the glowing orange moon on the horizon, this morning I was out even earlier, charged on little sleep but birthday dinner and cake I was into the night so I wouldn't have to ask LuAnn to watch Landon. I was bugged to be not in Prescott but I never said a word and was content on any ride and dinner plans. 35 years old now and all is going well.
Friday morning came in with soem fierce winds, I heard the howl of the bike on the highway and when I hit the trail it was confirmed, a burtal head wind that always seeme to be heading right at me 90% of the ride. I charged on ofcourse with nothing left to do but pedal. My birthday is timorrow and I wish I was heading out of town but for now I will take my tires to the dirt and squeeze in another morning mandatory ride.
Tuesday and I was off the hook and heading for Gold Canyon, I knew I was tempting snake time but despiration had me heading for the Golds. It was peachy and a bit too warm for my liking but I was feeling good and had a loop in mind. About halfway thru I came upon a tortoise in the middle of the trail, cute litle guy didn't want to say hello but luckily he coudln't run off so I got a few pics and off I went. Shortly after teh infamous snake with diamonds on his back.... he was pissed but anxious to get off the path and I was not thrilled either. The rest of the ride was snake free, I think I might give it another month before I get back sicne apparently it's still friggin summer here in AZ.
Monday I hit the trail running as you know I do. The kiddo still had off so luckily when LuAnn got home she bailed me off child duty and I got a go on the trials. The last two mondays have been sweet since they might have been no ride days, and when they turned into ride days on a time crunch it stirs the pot and riding in the middle of the day so change is welcomed. I took as much time as I could bit off without getting into too much trouble.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Soooo I have had South Mountain on my mind for awhile, I was finally feeling up to the task Sunday so put on the 22 tooth gear and to South Mountain I went on Monday. As I got to pedaling I could feel the cozy differece of 20t vs 22t cog, it was nice and sure was going to make the climb so much easier. I rehashed some good memories on this trail, form my very first ride in AZ to a few memorable ones. I was undecided to do National all the way out and back or loop in Corona De Loma and Desert Classic. I somehow ended up with the Cornoa loop option. I knew I had some techincal work ahead of me but felt up to it. It was a rude awakening at times as I crawled down Corona carefully, this is a rare ride for poeple to do on a trail bike let alone a rigid so it always feels good to get down it. Had a few sketchy moments for sure as the trail always changes over time but I cleaned it nicely and it was a great ride back on cozy desert classic. Now when will I be back?
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
We have had a very very dry summer, ventually moisture was due to move in, it rained an absolute ton Monday morning and was done by 7am which was right about perefect. I looked forward to grippy conditions and whenI was rolling in I was greeted with DEEP puddles, low hanging branches and a familiar feeling of CT riding with humidity and wet trees. The sky was very dark ahead, but trails were dry and mudless as usual. The further I got in the more I could see how much the trails was altered from the heavy rains. Did not affect me though as I happily rolled in enjoying smells and sights of change. Stumbled across a horsey, sure was beautiful. Ran aross a pack of Javalinas and a deep stream crossing and the rear tire went flat. Overdue for a new tire and sealant, luckily a tube held enough air to make it back to the car. Tubes are usually pointless since there are so mnay thorns in the tires one never stays with air, but this time it was enough.