Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The first time I looked at this picture I thought, "Cool!" It truly
is amazing what hikers and bikers can do to clear out big falls where
toting gasoline powered saws isn't an option.
funny. The two dudes in the picture readying their saws could
probably just grab and move those 5 inch trunks off the trail without
a saw in a sharp short shock and a heave ho or two. If not then maybe
the cameraman could lend a hand too and help bust the move.
I had a book when I was a kid called "Reptiles do the Most Amazing Things". This little guy is imprinted on my brain as the living fossil. Look it up, yo!
Monday, May 28, 2012
This my fifth or sixth time to Moraine, but the Reba Monkey was still a Moraine virgin til today. These trails are so sweet. Look up Moraine in the dictionary. Rotsa-rocks at 5 mph average speed is what it means.
I woke at 5 at started at 6:something so they were soaked with dew, but totally puddle-and-mud-free.
Imagine big-all-tall-boulder-slabs joined with piled rock and corduroy-log-boardwalks all over the place and a little bit of healthy elevation change thrown in to mix things up around every turn. Then throw in evening rain and moring dew to soak all the surfaces.
Picture a loamy rooty steep switchback into a Volkswagen sized boulder that drops through a log stacked trough onto a Smartcar sized bouler exit into another swtchback filled with babyheads. Then imagine all of that soaking wet, steering gingerly and avoiding any off camber front brakage and aiming for the moss covered rock face partswith the rear tire because they gave a bit better traction than the bare rock face. That's Moraine State Park.
Slip and slide slicky wet, no riding partner to dial 911/to show off in front off...Sadly, I walked some of the craziesr sh1t that I'd ridden in prior/drier visits. Didn't see a soul except wildlife and didn't want to be alone and unconscious, so I chickened out;-(
On a happier note, I didn't get lost at all this venture so I'm fully qualified to be a trail guide when you want to join me there next time. It's worth the trip.
Reba Monkey can't wait to go back again.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Watch "Fish bomb" on YouTube
Here's another one I forgot to post, race fans!
The grass is getting high out there, yo!
From the looks of the GPS trakc this was the one where me and XX were gonna meet on Nacho, but I took Boardwalk while he was on the regular trail and we missed each other. Thank goodness for cell phones.
Can't remember how many laps around RBB that was. Looks like 5 or 6 from the track on the map;-)
Rode this stretch with Ben and a group from his cub scout pack at last weekends Fort Frederick Camping Trip. Smooth as silk crushed gravel path without any features to roost on. Boring riding but fun hanging with the kids and waving to the bike packers.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Me and rider x went trailing. Trails got a B- on Renachomont and a B+ everywhere else.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
It was already freakin' light out at 5:30 when I woke. 46 degrees on the Oregon Scientific meant shorts were OK, but kneesocks and a skull cap were in order.
Met XX and Baler at the usual spot.
Also ran into Deez at the trail head. She was asking about you. No, really. Deez. You remember Deez, don't you?
Joe was there too.
Trails got a B+. Some puddles and greasy spots still.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
KC is back in the saddle. Wheels down around 5:50 sans lights from CdB.
Rolled the Farm Field to hit the Clockwise Loop. Got a text from Krash just as we finished rolling thru Cascade rock garden. We decided to go down the Steepy to the bathrooms, then back up the Cascade falls way, and up the Rock Garden to meet Krash on upper Cascade. Turned back around for a Rock Garden three-peat.
Ridged, Rock Burned, Boardwalked, Nachoed, and Renegaded our way out.
My Garmin had managed to turn itself off 3 times druing this ride;-(
Just a blinky up front so I could be seen on the road to the meet. Surise at 6:05 means light enough at 5:45 to see on the trails.
Me and XX rode geared bikes. It had T-stormed around midnight so it was slick.
There were two different lines everywhere I went:
- The one I wanted to take
- The one that the diagonal roots made me take
Rescued 2 box turtles from the middle of the trail;-)