Ram and Alamo Canyon (aka 50 year pm--we were having so much fun we never made it)
Duncan, Marie and I met at Rubio's for a quick 2-hour tech fest up Steam Pump Trail. Brillant scenery, even on the optional longer, steeper double track was chosen instead of the easier, flatter singletrack.
Steep and rocky on the climbs help with the ride description..."techy".
Cactus vs rock...who will win?
Looking over to 50 Year Trail from Alamo Canyon. Charleau Gap is the U shaped ridge line on the right.
Sums up the ride...
March is the month of wildflowers for AZ...
First attempt....near miss.
Try, try again....success!
My second wild poppy of the season...this place was crawling with them. This was also near the failed attempt on Tuesday to clean a rock garden section. It ended up in disaster, broken hanger and derailleur.
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Hey Bargs, do you have the of us ripping that downhill with the big rolls? I was looking forward to seeing that one. Also, I did go back and whoop that drop in. That's the first time I've ever hosed that one up. Seen it done a lot though.
"I tried to live always free and above board like you" Cool Hand Luke
A few more from Kathleen's SoMo ride - mixture of mine, hers and Tims pics and largely starring KK and her fleet of 29ers, two of which were steered by Tim and Gary from Ohio (oops - sorry, spot of overlap there KK due to simultaneous posts!)
My best shots from the Sedona HHH ride (All my photos from the day are here) I'll post my vids later. An awesome day thanks to great ride leaders. It took all day, but we did it: 30 miles, 3448 climbing, 3757 delicious descending the finest trail wheels have ever touched. Click here to see our route.
By the time all 3 groups came together, I figure 30+ started at Schnebly Rd. From the front group of 12 riders, 5 made all 3 saddles of the Triple H. The pace was not fast, just a steady chug with a few short breaks and 1 or 2 mechanicals. The final leg of this ride requires a deep dig into the 'I love to ride my bike' bag.
Fortunately, Chalk Paw set up a motivational stash to boost moral, resulting in one of the more memorable moments aling this long route:
Good thing that dry crick was runnin, keeping the goods cool.
Congrats to Mike Marx (The Barqs Man) from Phoenix and Marc Basillere (bikefix.net) from Albuquerque, NM. Mike and I truely gutted it out from the back while Marc breezed the front of the pack with ChalkPaw and CamJam.
Sedona was well represented by several locals including Tex and Kristen. They led a group of 8 or 9 accross the 3 H's. I had the pleasure of following Tex's line for a few miles ... OH MY!!! All on heavy bikes ... a huge accomplishment for anyone on any bike. I don't know if Jessie made all 3 legs (??), but he was rockin a SS Hard Tail.
Guys and gals, totally awesome rides that last 2 days, new member on the forum but definitely hooked on this riding. Thanks to Chad, Vern, and the guys for the campfire beers, and everybody else for making it such a fun weekend. I will post some pics if any of them turned out good.