Saturday, September 16, 2023

2nd flat iron

I really wondered if I would follow through on this idea I had. As I was walking in, I wondered how my bike shoes would fare. I was kind of in a blur most the hike with podcast after podcast, but one thing for sure, each step felt heavy. I thought for sure I was going to be light on my feet after completing this big hike last month. I felt even slower than previous but still thoroughly enjoyed myself! Coming down, the bike shoes showed their weakness, my feet were killing me. Coming down was also as equally brutal so muhc for building on my last hike. That mountain really is shockingly beautiful!

Plans change

I was off on my normal saturday clip, A bit grumpy the sedona thing fell through and got overall in a sour mood, I decided to cut it short when the idea of going to do flat iron opped into my mind. I wondered if I would follow through on this plan, I guess I did!

Crisis averted

It was a noisy ride out there for my thursday ride, apparentyl the rigid needs some attention. After the mine trail I was making my climb back from he river when I felt an odd pop, took a look and sure enough there was was the snapped quick link. So glad i cut power as I was on a steep pitch and would have surely cuased some bodily damage had I snapped it full torque so thank you thank you! Had an hour left to ride so filled in the trails, still hot and tired.

Play it as it goes

Hit all the goods, was torn on which way back around the moutain after Gidro, I chose the easier route, saw how close I was to 30 miles and went for it! Body is finally back ready for 4 alpes, not that I know why it wasn't the last month or two. Clouds were a nice touch for the sunrise, also ran into two foxes, javalina and just about hit a nighthawk.

Hot to trot

I wasn't feeling great when i woke up to my 4am alarm to get an hour of riding before work, so I regretfully chose sleep and was really grumpy about it when I ddi wake. Sent the boy off the school and turns out my wife was going into work later so I got to go ride! I noticed I was cruising quick surprised since it's still so brutal out there, I think it's the excitement of scoring a ride, that happens I have noticed it before, nice cruise!

Peaceful gold canyon

Well it was mostly peaceful anyway. It was a bright and early start and in need of scenery change so I was off to Gold canyon for some peace and snake watching. I came up with a pretty cool loop I was a fan of, about half way thru I rolled right by a rattler, too late to stop or swerve, was so so close to my foot. I regained myself and said hello and took a picture, I proceeded to walk away and to my surprise even 50 feet away it was still raised up in full attack mode, those GC rattlers are pissy. Now rattled I was on high alert, ran into someone going backwards on phantom, might try that sometime, turns out I follow the guy now. Really pretty morning, stopped and hung out with the cows, turns out they eat cholla!!!!!!

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Came for the rain

Some storms have been looming around, some got a little rain, some got alot, I however got nothing. But I was blessed with a pretty but sweating hot morning. One of those mornings when the backpack is soaked from front to back, however I did feel stronger than last few weeks so maybe the humidity did some good!


Went back to my classic ride from some years ago, brought back some memories, I have been riding Hawes for a long long time now, all good but ready for a change in scenery.

Heat slapped

Driving to the trail my old car decided to start to overheat, it was 113F out and I was on the way for an evening ride, I was not very excited but wasn't going to pass up the opportunity. So with the windows open I was already adjusted to the outside air temp which was a bit much but not enough to keep me down, I wish I could say it got alot better as I went, but really it didn't.