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    Sedona -- 9-16-2012

    For the second weekend in a row, made a trip to Sedona with members of MTBR. This was only my second time there on a mountain bike and it was just as epic as the first time.

    I only know some of the people on this ride by their first name (not their screen names), so I hope everyone that rode with us finds this post.

    We rode from Bike and Bean to Slim Shady, Timpleton, Baldwin, to the fire road and pavement back to Bike and Bean. From there we refilled our hydration packs, refueled our bodies and headed out for another loop. This time Little Horse, Llama, etc. to Chicken Point for an out-and-back. Some of us braved walking some of the White Line -- for the life of me I can't see how anyone would ride that on a bike.

    Along the way I discovered how important knee pads are when I gashed my left knee. Thankfully, I had some first aid supplies. After applying some sterile strips to close the wound, I covered it with some guaze, medical tape, and an ace bandage I was almost as good as new again. My hydration was so much better this time around as well, and I didn't bonk until the very end and only then because I had reach the limits of my endurance.

    All in all an awesome time. In total we did 22.75 miles. It was a long day, but absolutely worth it. Can't wait to go back when it is cooler this fall.

    Here is a link to the JAlbum photo album I created of the photos I took. (sorry for the ads, it is a freeware album maker)

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    Sedona 9-16-2012

    Videos

    Sedona, Slim Shady and Templton trails part 1 - YouTube

    Sedona, Templton trail part 2 - YouTube

    Sedona, Baldwin trail - YouTube

    Sedona, Bell Rock to Llama and what's in between - YouTube

    Sedona, Llama to Chicken Point and the beginning of the return - YouTube

    Sedona, Llama to Bail Out trail - YouTube
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    Sick pictures. Those all turned out really well.

    But really, who let this guy come along again? No talent hack. And those knee pads. A crime against both fashion and humanity.



    He keeps high spirits though.


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    What a great day! - Thanks to you and the others for including me!
    Shoot me your email and I'll throw some videos on dropbox for ya.

    And........after flatting 3 freaking times, guess who went tubeless today?

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    Ive noticed several photos of what I presume are Sedona locals riding with white tee shirts. Is this to distinguise themselves from clueless tourists ( ) or an ingenious method of keeping cool?

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    Awesome pictures. Looks like you guys had a blast. Can't wait to hit the trails up there next month.

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    I'm getting stoked for Sedona season!

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    Eazy:

    That section you are walking I did a trail enhancement to so I could ride it 70% of the time. What I don't understand is why you guys aren't showing a picture of your group riding that difficult section with no dabs?

    It's GREAT to see you guys are having a good time. When are we going to see you guys RIDING the back side of Highline?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    Sick pictures. Those all turned out really well.


    Where was this photo taken?
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    It was a blast guys! Thanks for letting me tag along (and putting up with my noob status). I'll try to get some video up on my web server once it's edited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traildoc View Post
    Eazy:

    That section you are walking I did a trail enhancement to so I could ride it 70% of the time.
    Well, I guess you're a failure then.
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Well, I guess you're a failure then.
    DOH!

    Easy, those clown wheels should get you through the tough spots anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by traildoc View Post
    Eazy:

    That section you are walking I did a trail enhancement to so I could ride it 70% of the time. What I don't understand is why you guys aren't showing a picture of your group riding that difficult section with no dabs?
    Don't worry about me, that's the 30% I didn't ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traildoc View Post
    Eazy:

    That section you are walking I did a trail enhancement to so I could ride it 70% of the time. What I don't understand is why you guys aren't showing a picture of your group riding that difficult section with no dabs?

    It's GREAT to see you guys are having a good time. When are we going to see you guys RIDING the back side of Highline?
    I know a guy in the group that rode it with no dabs

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    Quote Originally Posted by minnesotam7 View Post
    I know a guy in the group that rode it with no dabs
    For a pseudo-roadie in funny Spandex, that guy was pretty damn good.

    Respect bro, deep respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minnesotam7 View Post
    I know a guy in the group that rode it with no dabs
    Minn:

    Was he bummed that he cleaned it? Or did he have a big smile on his face? Do you think cleaning that section made the ride less enjoyable for him?

    What would you have done to make that section more fun to ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by traildoc View Post
    What would you have done to make that section more fun to ride?
    Me, personally, I'd stop giving those who ride that section a guilt trip...and my resume. But that's just me.
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traildoc View Post
    Minn:

    Was he bummed that he cleaned it? Or did he have a big smile on his face? Do you think cleaning that section made the ride less enjoyable for him?

    What would you have done to make that section more fun to ride?
    Do you really have to ruin and otherwise fun post by dragging your drama and sarcasm into it?

    If wasn't so busy trying to clean the sections before myself, I might have stopped to take photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinwp View Post
    Where was this photo taken?
    I believe that is on Timpleton, about midway to Baldwin.

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    By the way, nice pics Ben. You are now the designated photographer!! Looking forward to some of the vids

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    Quote Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    I'm getting stoked for Sedona season!
    I am too but I'm hoping to be doing a lot more powder skiing this year than biking, especially after the last two years. Apres riding at Garlands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by minnesotam7 View Post
    By the way, nice pics Ben. You are now the designated photographer!! Looking forward to some of the vids
    Thanks Steve. It helps to have good subjects willing to risk it all for that "Kodak" moment.

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    Some of my favorite photos from the trip.











    The guy behind the camera...


    Steve showing how it is down...a minute later I tried this section again only succeeding to gash my left knee when failing to unclip as I fell...




    So many more, but you'll have to view the album to see the rest...

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    Videos uploaded and linked in the first post of this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post
    Apres riding at Garlands!
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    Quote Originally Posted by armourbl View Post
    Do you really have to ruin and otherwise fun post by dragging your drama and sarcasm into it?

    If wasn't so busy trying to clean the sections before myself, I might have stopped to take photos.

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    Ben:

    I can assure you I am not being sarcastic about that section of Templeton. I worked my ass off making that section barely rideable per instructions from Jennifer Burns of the FS. Since you have given me so much negative input on my previous enhancement endeavors I am just trying to get some feedback from you and your friends on what they would have done differently on that section of trail.

    Did you guys clean the steep switchback section going the other direction? I spent a lot of time dumbing that section down and making it more sustainable.

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