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    West Sedona Ride

    Today after I got off work, I headed straight for Sedona. Rode Long Canyon Trail to Deadmans to Aerie to Cockscomb back to Aerie to Deadmans to Mescal.

    I did this ride a few months back, when it was hotter outside and this ride was so much better. This time, I didn't accidentally take Rupp trail and add another hour to the ride, I had plenty of water, and changed my SS from 33/18 to 33/20 and it was awesome. I felt much better one the SS and enjoyed it so much more and was a heck of a lot faster. Even though it is easier, I spent a lot more time on the bike rather than walking and I was grinning ear to ear the whole time except for when I ran dead smack into a cactus...here are some pics from my ride, including the cactus.

    Pano from Aerie


    The cactus


    Mescal


    My snack spot on Cockscomb


    Singletrack awesomeness on Aerie


    View from Aerie


    More from Aerie


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    Great pics Yeti. I am in awe of you single speed guys.

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    Thanks. The SS started cause I got lazy and wasn't changing gears so I just got rid of it all. Plus with my fat pig of a bike (over 30lbs), with gears and all that stuff, it would be rough.

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    The Yeti seems to adapt well to cactiiii
    Thanks for the nice pics; what a country!
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    Thanks for the tasty pics!

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    Fun loop. I hate to be a TD type but from the looks of your picture with the dead prickly pear cactus it's not hard to see what user group is out on the trails the most.

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    I always thought that you were a 'TD type"
    whew. good ridin to you.
    TS

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    Quote Originally Posted by TransitionSenior View Post
    I always thought that you were a 'TD type"
    whew. good ridin to you.
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    HA! Come on now.......

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    My god you destroyed that cactus! You are one tough hombre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papatini View Post
    My god you destroyed that cactus! You are one tough hombre.
    Yup. Like I said. I am in awe of those single speed guys.

    I do hope the destruction of this native, (and most likely endangered) species of cactus was reported to the local forest service representative in Sedona and that you filled out the necessary paperwork and paid your fine. The forest service has a law enforcement arm and they can be quite vindictive. And they always get their man. (Just ask TD).

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    Hey C;that's exactly what the USFS thinks; that they GOT their man.
    Actually, they LOST their man; a guy that has put in more time building mtnbiking; and trails, and rapport, than most anyone. Imagine what he MIGHT have done FOR the FS!

    Sure, he IS ugly; and has a bad temper; but man, how he can ride. Some think he is part Canuck...............because of the ugliness, no doubt. cheers. TS

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    Quote Originally Posted by TransitionSenior View Post
    Hey C;that's exactly what the USFS thinks; that they GOT their man.
    Actually, they LOST their man; a guy that has put in more time building mtnbiking; and trails, and rapport, than most anyone. Imagine what he MIGHT have done FOR the FS!

    Sure, he IS ugly; and has a bad temper; but man, how he can ride. Some think he is part Canuck...............because of the ugliness, no doubt. cheers. TS
    Ya, and he's an arrogant SOB as well. But as for the rest...I fully agree. TD is a resource the FS might well have used to everyone's advantage if they hadn't been so bent on "sending a messege." Pity.

    But as for the OP. I'd delete that cactus pic if you can. The fS has unlimited resources (the US treasury), to hunt down and prosecute those they perceive are damaging "their" domain. And they can be nasty.

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    nowwaitaminute; When you're right, and defend your position, relentlessly, that does not necessarily make one arrogant. Correct, yes. Thats what made this country great; folks following their passion; when others fail to respond. He'll be a hero 1 day; and there will be a placque on one of 'his' trails accordingly; not officially approved, of course. That would be toooo much for the USFS; the arrogant agency that is supposed to be doing the will of the people. TS

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    You may be right on that TransitionSen. Strength of character and a dogged commitment to a cause can at times perhaps appear to be arrogance.

    I am just a simple old man who rides a bike. Sometimes I am right about stuff...often I am wrong.

    Now that we've killed this thread...

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    That looks like a good loop. You know how many miles? GPX?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    That looks like a good loop. You know how many miles? GPX?
    It's a great loop. Milage? No idea, but I never count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    That looks like a good loop. You know how many miles? GPX?
    The OP's loop is a little over 11 miles. Another way to ride that general loop with about the same mileage is to skip Deadman's and finish with Snake or Anaconda. Then you can finish with the downhill portion of Chuckwagon (Touron) provided you parked at the Long Canyon TH or vicinity.

    TD definitely had a hand in Airie and the east end of Mescal is his handiwork as well.
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