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    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve South Ride This Saturday 5/4 730AM : Anyone ?

    I am planning a group ride this Saturday 5/4 in PSP south. We plan on meeting at the Desert Vista
    Trailhead at about 715AM leaving at 730AM.

    The ride I want to do is give in the linke below. We will leave out the short steep peak rides you see as lollipops in the map.

    The total milage is about 11 miles and about 1600 feet in elevation.

    This is a group ride at a casual pace.

    Anyone intersted ?

    When: 5/4/2013 730AM
    Where: Desert Vista Trailhead
    1901 W. Desert Vista Trail
    Directions: Sonoran Preserve - Official Site of the City of Phoenix
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    Count us (Waltaz) in! We've been wanting to explore the south side. See you there!
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    I wonder if that new trail in the SPSP they are cutting is accessible yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    I wonder if that new trail in the SPSP they are cutting is accessible yet.
    Are you talking about the stuff on the very south end...looks like a switchback climb up to the top?

    I've been watching that stuff get built and almost went over to check it out last night, but decided against it because A: didn't want to find my way over there in the dark with fear of trenches and the like that I think are over there based on all the construction equipment and B: I was spooked the hell out by the two close call with rattlers. I think the snakes stayed out of the 100 degree heat yesterday and waited till it cooled off a bit to come out. They had the same idea as me apparently.

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    If you can move the start time up to 6 am, Count me in! If not, count me out
    Plenty of light by then, and way lower temps

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    Quote Originally Posted by GR1822 View Post
    If you can move the start time up to 6 am, Count me in! If not, count me out
    Plenty of light by then, and way lower temps
    Saturday should be OK starting at 7:30 am...temps dropping back to around 90. Gotta enjoy these remaining "late starts" while we still can!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GR1822 View Post
    If you can move the start time up to 6 am, Count me in! If not, count me out
    Plenty of light by then, and way lower temps
    I certainly don't mind starting at 6AM, but I wanted to present a time that would attract "most" folks... Not that many persons like to get up at the crack of dawn like you and me... besides a start time of 730AM is always good for days with highs below 100... This ride will take less than 2 hours... So we will be done by 930AM tops...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    Count us (Waltaz) in! We've been wanting to explore the south side. See you there!
    Awesome !

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    Quote Originally Posted by phatmike2112 View Post
    Are you talking about the stuff on the very south end...looks like a switchback climb up to the top?

    I've been watching that stuff get built and almost went over to check it out last night, but decided against it because A: didn't want to find my way over there in the dark with fear of trenches and the like that I think are over there based on all the construction equipment and B: I was spooked the hell out by the two close call with rattlers. I think the snakes stayed out of the 100 degree heat yesterday and waited till it cooled off a bit to come out. They had the same idea as me apparently.
    If you click on strava link at the first post, you will see that the south end has trails that make a big circle and one relatively steep climb cutting through the middle of this circle... All of those trails are open and very nice... not sure if this answers the question....

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    I know, I know, 730 is a way better start time, and it won't be that hot, but I'm quite selfish and have to work, ergo my request that benefits me me ME!!
    have fun, maybe I'll catch you next time around.

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    The new trail being cut is on the south west side of the lower loop.

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    I think I can make it! Would be cool to meet you all...

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    If I see you guys post a ride for a Sunday morning, odds are good that I'll go. Saturdays are tough for me right now, but look forward to meeting new fellow riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    The new trail being cut is on the south west side of the lower loop.
    OK yeah we are talking about the same thing. The more trail, the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    The new trail being cut is on the south west side of the lower loop.
    I rode this loop tonight, and now I know what you are talking about. That trail is blocked with a row of rocks. So, I assume its not open yet. However, by looking at google maps, that trail appears to be a one way trail that connects the preserve trails with a residential area...

    however, I know I will be trying it out once it opens..

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    I might be in for this if I don't go to Sedona.
    Because, one is never enough.

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    I'd love to do this with you guys, but I think it's beyond my ability. Maybe by the next group ride like this I'll be ready.
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    Jasonf150, I'd like to propose an option if the others are down... We all start out together moving towards the south end, instead of going up and over the first hill we break off from the group and stay to the right and go around it (lots of fun btw)... Then continue on towards the north lollipop, if your not feeling it there are two different bail outs to the west and back to the car... I would be willing to lead this section and it's relatively tame, you'll still hit the second hill but it's not overwhelming... This would be a great intro to a group ride and take out any initial intimidation... This is of course if the original planners are ok with it??? Thoughts? Any takers?

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    I would totally be down with that. Unfortunately my wife had something planned I wasn't aware of and I need to be at home with the kids. I'll probably go riding sat night instead. Thanks for the offer. I'm dying to go on a group ride though. Will hold out for next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSNED View Post
    Jasonf150, I'd like to propose an option if the others are down... We all start out together moving towards the south end, instead of going up and over the first hill we break off from the group and stay to the right and go around it (lots of fun btw)... Then continue on towards the north lollipop, if your not feeling it there are two different bail outs to the west and back to the car... I would be willing to lead this section and it's relatively tame, you'll still hit the second hill but it's not overwhelming... This would be a great intro to a group ride and take out any initial intimidation... This is of course if the original planners are ok with it??? Thoughts? Any takers?
    The ride we are planning would take this first right as you say, and do the the south circle... That is a good easy ride if you leave out the north loop ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    The ride we are planning would take this first right as you say, and do the the south circle... That is a good easy ride if you leave out the north loop ...
    Good; we want to stay right and check out the full south circle, instead of cutting across the middle to do the climb. That looks like a nice, stout, extra credit climb, though.

    Also, make sure to point out how to connect this Southern loop to the Northern loop. We just discovered the Northern loop a month ago (via a similar MTBR group ride), and want to connect them for a longer ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Good; we want to stay right and check out the full south circle, instead of cutting across the middle to do the climb. That looks like a nice, stout, extra credit climb, though.

    Also, make sure to point out how to connect this Southern loop to the Northern loop. We just discovered the Northern loop a month ago (via a similar MTBR group ride), and want to connect them for a longer ride.

    http://phoenix.gov/webcms/groups/int...ent/095100.pdf

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    Parking lot -- Hawk's Nest North
    Right -- Desert Tortoise (DT) -- We won't do the entire first steep climb.
    Right -- Valle Verde (V) -- Start of south loop
    Right -- Great Horned Owl (GO)
    Continue Straigt -- Cactus Wren (C) -- Loop around south loop
    Right -- Valle Verde (V) -- Connection back to North Loop
    Right -- Dixie Mountain Loop -- North Loop -- Loop around
    Right -- Hawk's Nest -- back to parking lot

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    Sorry, I got you...I was basing it off the strava going up and over the southern hill instead of around it...Either way this is a really fun ride and I am in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSNED View Post
    Sorry, I got you...I was basing it off the strava going up and over the southern hill instead of around it...Either way this is a really fun ride and I am in!
    I enjoy that southern hill you mention... but we will skip it as it is quite the bonker

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    I'm up for this. Trailhead 7:15, RTR 7:30. See you there!

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    So, Ill be there before 715... I drive a white Subaru Forester with a Yakima hitch rack and I ride a black hardtail specialized stumpjumper... Ill be parked in the parking lot section farthest away from the trails...

    So glad to have a group ride !

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    So, Ill be there before 715... I drive a white Subaru Forester with a Yakima hitch rack and I ride a black hardtail specialized stumpjumper... Ill be parked in the parking lot section farthest away from the trails...

    So glad to have a group ride !
    We'll be there...thanks for arranging!
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    I am considering meeting you guys for this. I had my Saturday plans change and might have the time mid morning to ride with the group. Not 100% certain right now. I should know later today.
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    Ok I am in. I will be there. Red and white KHS hardtail 26er.
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    great ride ! only regret is not bringing a camera

    I think we had 4 or 5 single speeders !!

    we had 8 riders lets see if I can remember all
    waltaz - Walt
    coyotekis- DeAnna (spelling ?)
    climbingSimon - Simon
    JoePAZ - Joe
    me - mtbaz44 - Brian
    Bituman - Bob
    GSNED - Post up your name so I can remember for next time

    Sorry but I can't remember the 8th

    Thanks All,

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    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve South Ride This Saturday 5/4 730AM : Anyone ?

    That was a fun!! Great group of people, and awesome trail system. Looking forward to combining North and South when weather permitting.
    Thanks again for leading it! Nice penance for last night. That trail system is work!!

    (Oh, and close! Deanna... :-))
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    I had a great time as well! Group rides are so much better than my standard solo trips...Way open to many more of these up north phx (and/or at night)...Hope to see some of you at the mcd night ride coming up...Greg, haha!

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    MtbAz44 - Brian,
    Thanks for setting this up. Nice to meet some of MTBR crew in person.
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    Thanks for the great ride Everyone ! Fun trails, even on a single speed.

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    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve South Ride This Saturday 5/4 730AM : Anyone ?

    Great ride...though the SS hurt on those climbs! We enjoyed learning the southern loop.

    Thanks to Brian for organizing (sorry for calling you Mike all ride!).

    Nice to meet and ride with everyone...now THAT is what MTBR AZ is supposed to foster!!


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    Sure had fun riding with y'all this morning. I'm in awe of those that did that on SS. Thanks Brian for setting this up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    That was a fun!! Great group of people, and awesome trail system. Looking forward to combining North and South when weather permitting.
    Thanks again for leading it! Nice penance for last night. That trail system is work!!

    (Oh, and close! Deanna... :-))
    Taking my wife there tomorrow for shortened Tour De Sonoran around 730 am. We will cut Dixie MTN on the west side head north to the connector to North Sonoran and do the 18 mile loop and come back same way. About 25 miles??

    She just sign up for Grand Junction 30 mile and needs to sharpen her skills and build more stamina. It usually builds her confidence up to see other women shred on the bike.

    This maybe a short notice but any time in the future you and Walt want to do the whole enchilada of the SOnoran let me know - that's our backyard.

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    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve South Ride This Saturday 5/4 730AM : Anyone ?

    We're doing it tomorrow too!! Eating Pho more on that soon.
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    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve South Ride This Saturday 5/4 730AM : Anyone ?

    So tomorrow we are getting going a little earlier, and planning to do both sides, but we would love to hook up with you guys really soon to share a ride on your home turf. Maybe next weekend? After the whiskey we realized how our 1.5 hour rides aren't doing our fitness any favors. (Not meaning THIS ride- this ride was social and work and awesome- just meaning not doing at least one long ride a week)
    That's awesome that your wife has signed up for the GJ race! Hope to run into you guys tomorrow, so we can make introductions.
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    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve South Ride This Saturday 5/4 730AM : Anyone ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bituman View Post
    Sure had fun riding with y'all this morning. I'm in awe of those that did that on SS. Thanks Brian for setting this up!

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    Thanks for rubbing your gears in my face the while time- lol I was jealous!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    So tomorrow we are getting going a little earlier, and planning to do both sides, but we would love to hook up with you guys really soon to share a ride on your home turf. Maybe next weekend? After the whiskey we realized how our 1.5 hour rides aren't doing our fitness any favors. That's awesome that your wife has signed up for the GJ race! Hope to run into you guys tomorrow, so we can make introductions.
    We may see you tomorrow on the trails, I will be on a lookout for a couple on SS's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    We may see you tomorrow on the trails, I will be on a lookout for a couple on SS's.
    Sorry we didn't run into you...

    What a ride doing North and South is...it's a new favorite longish ride!!
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    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve South Ride This Saturday 5/4 730AM : Anyone ?

    We weren't on SS's this morning! We brought gears since Walt's SS is torn apart right now.
    We passed a couple as we were headed towards the South parking lot, and the guy's eyes shot down to see if I was geared or SS... Was that maybe you??
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    I'm bummed I missed this ride. I often ride the Dixie loop on Sunday evenings, so I think that would be a fun group ride over the fast approaching summer months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    We weren't on SS's this morning! We brought gears since Walt's SS is torn apart right now.
    We passed a couple as we were headed towards the South parking lot, and the guy's eyes shot down to see if I was geared or SS... Was that maybe you??
    Yes on the West Side of the Dixie Mtn, wife was a minute behind me.

    You guys were in a party of four. I was gonna say somethin' but I didn't see SS and you were about to do a hard climb - didn't want to mess up your mojo and momentum.

    My wife was impressed with your strong climbing.

    And I guess that was Walt too.

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    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve South Ride This Saturday 5/4 730AM : Anyone ?

    I would have welcomed you "messing up" my momentum and "mojo". Damn that hill.
    We weren't with those guys. One was on a single speed so we let them pass, and then Walt decided to pace with them, so I followed suit lest I be left behind to die alone.

    Well let's def plan to meet-up. We want to do that ride on a regular basis.

    Did your wife enjoy her time out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    I would have welcomed you "messing up" my momentum and "mojo". Damn that hill.
    We weren't with those guys. One was on a single speed so we let them pass, and then Walt decided to pace with them, so I followed suit lest I be left behind to die alone.

    Well let's def plan to meet-up. We want to do that ride on a regular basis.

    Did your wife enjoy her time out there?
    She was glad to burn some calories before the cinco de mayo party we went to.

    It's rare that we get out riding together because of kids. Today kids were at a sleep over so it worked out.

    Yes let me know when you guys are in the area again - Sonoran, Deems or BCT.
    It's be especially when you get SS on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Sorry we didn't run into you...

    What a ride doing North and South is...it's a new favorite longish ride!!
    North and south together is fun fast loop. Great way to log lots of miles. So you guys found the connector?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    North and south together is fun fast loop. Great way to log lots of miles. So you guys found the connector?
    The connector became super visible - it actually looks like a real path now. Just few weeks ago, it was hard to pick out if weren't for the rocks lining the path.

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    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve South Ride This Saturday 5/4 730AM : Anyone ?

    I'm not sure what we found...we traversed some "jeep road" from North and the parkway, and it ran us right to the gate at the bottom of Bobcat. Then we got lost coming back, but I see where I went wrong on my GPS track.


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