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    This morning on South Mountain ...

    Was glorious. Everything was packed in, but almost no standing water. It wasn't quite hero dirt, but it will be this afternoon if it doesn't rain more.

    So, the original No Clue Crew (me, Drew, Mike) started out a little before 8 at 24th Street. The plan was to park at 24th, ride the road over to Boy Scout, climb Geronimo, then bomb down National and down 24th to the cars.

    In all fairness, this plan was mine. In retrospect, climbing Geronimo=stupid.

    I mean, this may be doable for some of you studs, but for mere mortals it's an exercise in futility. When you spend years shuttling this trail, you tend to overlook just how steep and technical it is. Still, I'm glad we gave it a whirl; climbing a trail like this puts your fitness and skillset into perspective, but it's also an interesting new insight into the trail and potential new lines.

    Ripping Upper National from BV and then 24th Street was fantastic. In total, we saw one other biker and not a single hiker. Managed to get in a clean run down 24th. Fantastic day for a ride. Mike should have some entertaining video at some point.

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    Man! I backed out of a plan for Natty this morning due to the weather reports. Sure wish I would have gone out there.

    I did get a real nice ride in at Hawes. Nobody was out there. It was weird. Didn't see a single hiker or biker in 1.5 hrs of riding.

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    I got up and it was raining at my house, so I wasn't going to go, either. The other two talked me into it; actually was a perfect ride day down there.

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    Ya! SoMo in the rain (or after), hard to beat.

    I'm always looking for an excuse to post this vid ...not sure why but it's one of my favorites of all time.

    Ken, can I re-post this in the passion forum? It's time again to show the world wintertime PHX riding!

    SoMo in the rain from Ken Bennett on Vimeo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    Ya! SoMo in the rain (or after), hard to beat.

    I'm always looking for an excuse to post this vid ...not sure why but it's one of my favorites of all time.
    Never seen that one before. Makes me want to grab the bike right now... Damn, no lights, time to go get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant View Post
    In all fairness, this plan was mine. In retrospect, climbing Geronimo=stupid.
    I just figured I'd highlight the important part...

    That was not fun. AT LEAST 60% or 70% HaB up Geronimo.

    Made the Waterfall look hard as hell.

    Then we all made one of the cleanest runs down 24th St ever.

    AWESOME morning. Dion was gonna call it but I looked at weather.com and saw their radar and all the rain was east. Nothing even close to SoMo. So I talked him into it.

    GREAT TIMES!

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    I just figured I'd highlight the important part...

    That was not fun. AT LEAST 60% or 70% HaB up Geronimo.!
    I rode down Geronimo and back up, once. The next time I do Geronimo 'up' it will be because I have forgotten how much I did not enjoy it the first time, and not a minute sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    I just figured I'd highlight the important part...

    That was not fun. AT LEAST 60% or 70% HaB up Geronimo.

    Made the Waterfall look hard as hell.

    Then we all made one of the cleanest runs down 24th St ever.

    AWESOME morning. Dion was gonna call it but I looked at weather.com and saw their radar and all the rain was east. Nothing even close to SoMo. So I talked him into it.

    GREAT TIMES!
    thanks for the stoke. i have been in childcare jail, but you've fired me up to try for a Sunday ride, on an actual trail! Geronimo - hiked up it once, done 24th ~20 times its that much mo betta imo. but you;re right about it making the descent easier. weird....

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    Man! I backed out of a plan for Natty this morning due to the weather reports. Sure wish I would have gone out there.

    I did get a real nice ride in at Hawes. Nobody was out there. It was weird. Didn't see a single hiker or biker in 1.5 hrs of riding.
    Thinking about headed out to hawes for the first time. Where do you recommend I park and start?

    Thanks
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    Wow!!

    I mean, FREAKIN AMAZING! You actually had a 'Drew Sighting' on your ride? The rare and not often seen, Orange Bird of Paradise? I guess IT IS close to Christmas... Mike, maybe you should title your video, "Miracle on 24th Street"...
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    eatdrinkride; Feel free to repost any of my stuff. I make those things to share the stoke so I'm more than happy if more people get to see it
    That's one of my faves as well, mainly because I was able to do it all in one (long!) day but also because it's not the typical DH type video I usually end up with. I also like "Merge" a lot because I actually spent a lot of time shooting segments for it and trying to have stuff that flowed together well....
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    Amazing day today on the mountain. Hero dirt today for sure.
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    Brr.. I need better cold weather gear for days like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    Brr.. I need better cold weather gear for days like this.
    Na. Cheapo leg warmers from Performance, a lightweight Oakley long sleeve jersey and a $20 lightweight rain jacket are the only extra clothes I wore today.

    We started before 2pm up Mormon. No rain for an hour maybe. By the time we got to the Waterfall I was wearing my rain jacket with hood. Rained the entire way down. Buddy got a flat on lower Natty and we fixed that while getting soaked. Lower Natty had a stream running down the middle of it all the way to the bottom.

    Finished up at 5pm, 49 degrees and raining. I was an hour late for a Christmas party and it was all worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit View Post
    eatdrinkride; Feel free to repost any of my stuff. .
    Done.

    SoMo In the Rain - Mtbr Forums

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit View Post
    eatdrinkride; Feel free to repost any of my stuff. I make those things to share the stoke so I'm more than happy if more people get to see it
    That's one of my faves as well, mainly because I was able to do it all in one (long!) day but also because it's not the typical DH type video I usually end up with. I also like "Merge" a lot because I actually spent a lot of time shooting segments for it and trying to have stuff that flowed together well....
    Very good watch and nicely done Ken! The first mtb video with no descending that I actually enjoyed. SoMo looks good right about now as we have been hammered with almost 20" of rain in Oregon over the past two months...ouch. I am planning my annual winter/spring AZ trip as we speak
    Ride On!

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    Quote Originally Posted by titusbro View Post
    I mean, FREAKIN AMAZING! You actually had a 'Drew Sighting' on your ride? The rare and not often seen, Orange Bird of Paradise? I guess IT IS close to Christmas... Mike, maybe you should title your video, "Miracle on 24th Street"...
    LOL!!!! Well said

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    cool vid thanks for the stoke
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    So that was your UPHILL tire tracks we saw on Geronimo yesterday morning, crazy! We shuttled a few runs and most of them it was raining, rained the whole way down Natty to 32nd. Perfect.

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