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    Xtra Large Double Bypass: Sunday 12/14 FIP 8:00

    In preparation for the Quadruple Bypass 2009, a double bypass is gonna happen Sunday, 12/14. The start time will be 8:00.

    Here is a google map to the meetup spot at the Cafe Portobello. Edit: the meeting place will be Cafe Portobello not McDowell Mtn Ranch Community Center Pool.

    Here's waltaz's suggested route:

    "Start around the McDowell Mtn Ranch Community Center pool, which is near the Cafe Portobello (near 105th St. and McDowell Mtn Ranch Pkwy). This allows us to finish up on Paradise, which is a blast. Anyways, route would be: up Quartz, Lost Dog, Old Jeep Road, up Sunrise, down into Hidden Hills and the 144th St./Via Linda TH, dirt road to Ftn Hills, Dixie Mine, Prospector up, then over to Windgate, up the backside of Windgate, down Windgate to the west, left on Gateway Loop, then down to Paradise and back. An alternative would be to just go up and over Bell, instead of over to Windgate."

    This is about a 5-hour ride at a good clip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by u2metoo
    Here is a google map to the meetup spot at the McDowell Mtn Ranch Community Center pool. I'm not super famaliar with this place, so small edit may be made to the google map, if I happen to be a few blocks off.
    I'm in, and will help lead...note that I didn't say be first, just that I'd help lead...

    With regard to the meeting place above, it's actually in the parking lot of a shopping plaza across the street and down 100 yds. from the MMR Community Center/Pool. Cafe Portobello is located here, if you want to ping their website for directions. This provides more parking and room than the CC parking lot.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Oil cans are optional, but highly recommended for the top of Sunrise and the top of Windgate...
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Oil cans are optional, but highly recommended for the top of Sunrise and the top of Windgate...
    By oil cans I suppose you are referring to the kind of oil that lubricates the soul (like Ten Fiddy), not the kind that keeps your chain from squeaking.

    My wife and I did this ride (plus a bunch more) on black Friday - our own "Flight of the Javelinas". The Sunrise trail was really great and not too bad a grunt for singlespeed. Looking forward to doing it again.

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    I am now 92.375% sure I will be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    I'm in, and will help lead...note that I didn't say be first, just that I'd help lead...

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Oil cans are optional, but highly recommended for the top of Sunrise and the top of Windgate...
    In and the oil cans were suppose to be our secret so we could make some cash at the top of each climb.
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    In and the oil cans were suppose to be our secret so we could make some cash at the top of each climb
    I'll still pay you to carry my oil can to the top of each climb!
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    Sorry...one gear so just one beer.
    Why would I need more than one gear?
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    I'm in

    I think I'll give this a try. I haven't ridden with Walt since Prescott plus I've never done this before. I'm 90%. Anybody wanna car pool, Sam? I live at Alma School and Queen creek rd. in Chandler.

    Approx drive time to parking area from Awatukey. I know not even close. Im hooked on phonics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by u2metoo
    Here is a google map to the meetup spot at the Cafe Portobello. Edit: the meeting place will be Cafe Portobello not McDowell Mtn Ranch Community Center Pool.
    wow, either google had a brain fart...or you really do not want company on this ride. when I clicked the linky...it sent me to Coffeville, Nebraska!
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    I miss my bikes and my biking friends

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianc
    wow, either google had a brain fart...or you really do not want company on this ride. when I clicked the linky...it sent me to Coffeville, Nebraska!

    ...weird ! I just checked from another workstation, and it worked fine for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    I miss my bikes and my biking friends
    Your bikes and biking friends miss U2. Heal up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianc
    wow, either google had a brain fart...or you really do not want company on this ride. when I clicked the linky...it sent me to Coffeville, Nebraska!
    Well, Coffeville, Kansas - I used to live in NE, and I was able to go to the same place in the midwest

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    Hey Sam, count me in. How could one pass up a 2 oil can ride. Looks to be a great weekend for riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstuttle
    Looks to be a great weekend for riding.

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    You are aware that this is NEXT weekend (12/14), right?

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    mileage ?

    Quote Originally Posted by u2metoo
    In preparation for the Quadruple Bypass 2009, a double bypass is gonna happen Sunday, 12/14. The start time will be 8:00.

    Here is a google map to the meetup spot at the Cafe Portobello. Edit: the meeting place will be Cafe Portobello not McDowell Mtn Ranch Community Center Pool.

    Here's waltaz's suggested route:

    "Start around the McDowell Mtn Ranch Community Center pool, which is near the Cafe Portobello (near 105th St. and McDowell Mtn Ranch Pkwy). This allows us to finish up on Paradise, which is a blast. Anyways, route would be: up Quartz, Lost Dog, Old Jeep Road, up Sunrise, down into Hidden Hills and the 144th St./Via Linda TH, dirt road to Ftn Hills, Dixie Mine, Prospector up, then over to Windgate, up the backside of Windgate, down Windgate to the west, left on Gateway Loop, then down to Paradise and back. An alternative would be to just go up and over Bell, instead of over to Windgate."

    This is about a 5-hour ride at a good clip.
    I'm pretty sure I'm in. Does anyone know the mileage? Oh and are there bailouts should I find the group is a whole bunch faster than me??

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    I've increased my oil can intake to 4-5 a week in prep for this ride. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiffanyinanthem
    Does anyone know the mileage? Oh and are there bailouts should I find the group is a whole bunch faster than me??

    Tiff
    Good question??? Prolly low 20's.

    As for bailouts, Once you get to the top of Sunrise, you could turn around and go back the way you came, or you could continue on down the other side of Sunrise into Hidden Hills and take the road back. Once you go past Hidden Hills you are pretty committed to doing the full dealio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by u2metoo
    Good question??? Prolly low 20's.

    As for bailouts, Once you get to the top of Sunrise, you could turn around and go back the way you came, or you could continue on down the other side of Sunrise into Hidden Hills and take the road back. Once you go past Hidden Hills you are pretty committed to doing the full dealio.
    K thanks for the info.

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    I'd like to try this ride knowing I could potentially bail and go back down sunrise.

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    If anyone is interested, here is a link to my motionbased info on this Double Bypass loop, last time I did it in April. It was 27 miles and 5,800 feet of climbing, although those numbers might differ if you take Prospector trail and/or Bell Pass near the end - I did Dixie Mine to Coachwhip to Windgate.

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/5331572

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    Quote Originally Posted by az_cholla
    If anyone is interested, here is a link to my motionbased info on this Double Bypass loop, last time I did it in April. It was 27 miles and 5,800 feet of climbing, although those numbers might differ if you take Prospector trail and/or Bell Pass near the end - I did Dixie Mine to Coachwhip to Windgate.

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/5331572
    Thank you, from the looks of the stats I may just do an out and back up to Sunrise.

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    Hey Sam. Long time no ride!
    Great idea. I'm gonng try to make it too. Bob

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    I've been lurking here for awhile, but this ride looks like fun. I'm going to plan on joining the group if you don't mind a new guy. I'm a pretty strong rider, looking for a nice endurance ride.

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    I miss my bikes and my biking friends
    miss U 2 DG! heal fast!!!!!!
    Loved the doggie hike on your blog BTW. My favorite part was the long pan shot that ended on the patiently panting Booj and Joop. I loved the goofy smiles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chongoman
    Hey Sam. Long time no ride!
    Yeah, I've been kinda busy. I've been trying to get my wheelies in, but groupers have been hard to make.

    I took a peak at CB's bloggy and looked like y'all had a good time out at NRA.

    Quote Originally Posted by chongoman
    Great idea. I'm gonng try to make it too. Bob
    Yeah, Walt-ah really laid out what pretty nice little route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe
    I am now 92.375% sure I will be there.
    After riding a double today, on what amounted to a single speed, I'd say you should be more like 99.9% sure you're in!

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    A few things to think about:
    • There's a bailout about 1:45 or so in after climbing Sunrise and going down the other side into Hidden Hills. Still have to take the road back a ways, or the trail from 128th St, but it's a bailout before committing to the Fountain Hills side. Once there, you're in it all the way.
    • There is water at the bottom of Sunrise in Hidden Hills, and again at Golden Eagle in Fountain Hills (an hour after HH)
    • Oil cans will be consumed at the top of Sunrise before descending into HH, and at the top of Windgate before descending that to the west. Two 24-oz. oil cans are recommended to facilitate rehydration and carb replenishment.
    • The pace will accomodate the oil cannage. We are not worried about our heart rates dropping out of the target zone. Indeed, after climbing Sunrise and Windgate, the oil can breaks will be needed to allow your HR to drop INTO the target zone...
    • Oil cans are, of course, optional...*smirk*
    • It looks like it may be cool and a bit wet...for Arizona. Those poor souls elsewhere in the country who are riding vicariously through us this time of year will appreciate that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwilless
    I've been lurking here for awhile, but this ride looks like fun. I'm going to plan on joining the group if you don't mind a new guy. I'm a pretty strong rider, looking for a nice endurance ride.

    Brian
    Well I'm a "new girl", so we can be the newbies and out-ride the hazing! I've done a variation of the double a couple of times, and it's quickly become one of my favorite grinds. The more the merrier, please do! Come join!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    A few things to think about:
    • in Hidden Hills, and again at Golden Eagle in Fountain Hills (an hour after HH)
    • Oil cans will be consumed at the top of Sunrise before descending into HH, and at the top of Windgate before descending that to the west. Two 24-oz. oil cans are recommended to facilitate rehydration and carb replenishment.
    • The pace will accomodate the oil cannage. We are not worried about our heart rates dropping out of the target zone. Indeed, after climbing Sunrise and Windgate, the oil can breaks will be needed to allow your HR to drop INTO the target zone...
    • Oil cans are, of course, optional...*smirk*
    Walt, maybe we could just strap one really big can onto your camelbak. It wouldn't even have to be a full keg. Heck, a pony keg would prolly be sufficient for this loop. Just a thought.

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    I'll be in town this weekend after all so I'll drop in for some fun. I'm not a big beer drinker so I'll just bring some box wine. ;-) I may bail at HH if I'm hurtin' too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis
    Well I'm a "new girl", so we can be the newbies and out-ride the hazing! I've done a variation of the double a couple of times, and it's quickly become one of my favorite grinds. The more the merrier, please do! Come join!
    I'm up for the challenge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis
    After riding a double today, on what amounted to a single speed, I'd say you should be more like 99.9% sure you're in!
    The bottom of wingate is a fan-tabulous place for your drivetrain to take a dump and leave you with only a middle chainring. That hurts on a 29er. I'll check my chaining bolts more often, for sure now.

    But the diesel kept on rollin....even after the Porsche pulled away.

    Well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe
    The bottom of wingate is a fan-tabulous place for your drivetrain to take a dump and leave you with only a middle chainring. That hurts on a 29er. I'll check my chaining bolts more often, for sure now.
    I believe CoyoteKis has something to do with it...did you turn your back, leave her alone with your bike for a moment...? Ah...now you see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe

    But the diesel kept on rollin....even after the Porsche pulled away.

    Well done.
    Aries are rams, rams like to climb.
    And your tenacity in the middle ring was cool, but I have to tell you.... what you did on that downhill? Ridiculous!!! Mind-blowing. I'm not worthy!!! *bowing down*

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    I believe CoyoteKis has something to do with it...did you turn your back, leave her alone with your bike for a moment...? Ah...now you see...
    Wotev.
    It's not sabotage. I like a fair fight.
    I can't help it if I'm the Bermuda Triangle for chainrings. *batting eyelashes*


    But keep your eye on your oil-can, for sure! I have no moral qualms, as you know, about resorting to underhanded tactics to procure more beer for myself.

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    this is looking likely, as the snow storm over the San Juans is lolligagging til Sunday at the earliest. probably no oil cans for me, but i might wear my balaclava and my goggles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtownmtb
    You are aware that this is NEXT weekend (12/14), right?
    It was Chad's fault, he got me going on the idea and all excited. I am going to do Kentucky Camp on Sat, but if not too spent and hungover, I might just show up for this.

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    SL and I may be there if we're not too tired from trail building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKA Monkeybutt
    SL and I may be there if we're not too tired from trail building.
    Nice!! Haven't seen you guys in a while...look forward to it.
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    I'm in but will bail at the Sunrise parking lot to make it home for some things going on in the afternoon.

    If anyone else ends up bailing there I can show the way back to the trail head and cars by way of Via Linda, West World Trail, and Quartz. Or more fun to do Lost Dog back over Taliesin Overlook the way we come in--depending on the group. That would shorten it to a 3 hour ride.

    I'm looking forward to riding with a few more of the MTBR crowd.

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    So any other SSers going to be there?
    Why would I need more than one gear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_FLMB
    So any other SSers going to be there?
    I may SS it, my friend...
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    I may SS it, my friend...
    oh great...gonna be subjected to another 25 miles of your High-and-Mighty SS sermons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    oh great...gonna be subjected to another 25 miles of your High-and-Mighty SS sermons.
    I look at it more as an opportunity to actually catch Walt on vid as he let's loose a barbaric yawlp due to cramps.

    Not that I look forward to seeing somebody suffer, but I've witnessed a couple of these sessions before .

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    oh great...gonna be subjected to another 25 miles of your High-and-Mighty SS sermons.
    I provide High-and-Mighty sermons regardless of gearing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by u2metoo
    I look at it more as an opportunity to actually catch Walt on vid as he let's loose a barbaric yawlp due to cramps.

    Not that I look forward to seeing somebody suffer, but I've witnessed a couple of these sessions before .
    Unfortunately, he's not the only one who cramps....


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    I'm Walting out and using a 20 for this one.
    Why would I need more than one gear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_FLMB

    Do you want those 26er tires Samantha...I mean Sammie...I mean Sam?
    Fo Sho!

    That would be awesome! See ya there!

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    That's the only reason to ride SS. Just so we can look down on all you geary's and call you girly men. While inside we're dreaming of gears and fighting back the tears from knee pain.
    Why would I need more than one gear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by az_cholla
    If anyone is interested, here is a link to my motionbased info on this Double Bypass loop, last time I did it in April. It was 27 miles and 5,800 feet of climbing, although those numbers might differ if you take Prospector trail and/or Bell Pass near the end - I did Dixie Mine to Coachwhip to Windgate.

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/5331572
    I notice on your map that the route crosses over the road to the towers on the back side of the loop. Maybe we should bag a peak while we're at it. Or, maybe next time...

    I say "we" because I've been given the OK to return to riding My shoulder doesn't hurt much at all and after all this rest over the past 3 weeks I should have plenty of energy. Fracture is still there, just not in a place that will get bothered unless I repeat my actions of a few weeks ago - so no falling on the left shoulder. Right would be ok. This sounds like a fine comeback ride, especially with SL and CoyoteKiss and Tiff along. And if I can't hang, then I'll double back and still call it a good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    I notice on your map that the route crosses over the road to the towers on the back side of the loop. Maybe we should bag a peak while we're at it. Or, maybe next time...

    I say "we" because I've been given the OK to return to riding My shoulder doesn't hurt much at all and after all this rest over the past 3 weeks I should have plenty of energy. Fracture is still there, just not in a place that will get bothered unless I repeat my actions of a few weeks ago - so no falling on the left shoulder. Right would be ok. This sounds like a fine comeback ride, especially with SL and CoyoteKiss and Tiff along. And if I can't hang, then I'll double back and still call it a good day.
    Yay Kathleen!! Good to hear you're cleared, and I look forward to riding with you...been a WHILE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    I notice on your map that the route crosses over the road to the towers on the back side of the loop. Maybe we should bag a peak while we're at it. Or, maybe next time...

    I say "we" because I've been given the OK to return to riding My shoulder doesn't hurt much at all and after all this rest over the past 3 weeks I should have plenty of energy. Fracture is still there, just not in a place that will get bothered unless I repeat my actions of a few weeks ago - so no falling on the left shoulder. Right would be ok. This sounds like a fine comeback ride, especially with SL and CoyoteKiss and Tiff along. And if I can't hang, then I'll double back and still call it a good day.
    Glad you are back~ It'll be a fun ride for sure!!

    See ya Sunday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    I notice on your map that the route crosses over the road to the towers on the back side of the loop. Maybe we should bag a peak while we're at it. Or, maybe next time...

    I've been up the road to Thompson Peak.....but only on foot. I'd be truly amazed if someone could climb it on the bike. Some sections are wicked steep.

    Hoping the weather holds for Sunday.....

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    I'll be there for the Bypassfest. Never done it either, but it's time to ride over to the other side and do the whole enchalada complete w/oil canage.
    Anyone in the Arrowhead Ranch area want to ride over? I have 1 empty rack space.

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    So any other SSers going to be there?
    yep yep, I'll be on the SS as well. Prolly the 20 since I've not been riding much lately.

    Yes, I've put on weight but it helps with the anti-raindance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liteandfast
    Anybody wanna car pool, Sam? I live at Alma School and Queen creek rd. in Chandler.
    Dave,

    I'm not fully sure what my plans are after the ride, so I'll prolly head over solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    This sounds like a fine comeback ride, especially with SL and CoyoteKiss and Tiff along. And if I can't hang, then I'll double back and still call it a good day.
    Looking forward to meeting you Kathleen, and you will have company on the comeback ride, because I am in recovery mode myself. Took a dirty little tumble on SoMo during a night ride early last week, and because of the rib injury, I am now dealing with a killer chest cold. SO... I will not be setting any land-speed records. Just there to have fun, drink some brew, and bring up some of this crap from my lungs. Oh, and just for clarifications sake, it's actually Kis' as in short for Kismet. (means fate). Although, CoyoteKiss sounds a lot cuter and more friendly.

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    Right on DG! Glad you've recovered enough to knock this one out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis
    Looking forward to meeting you Kathleen, and you will have company on the comeback ride, because I am in recovery mode myself. Took a dirty little tumble on SoMo during a night ride early last week, and because of the rib injury, I am now dealing with a killer chest cold. SO... I will not be setting any land-speed records. Just there to have fun, drink some brew, and bring up some of this crap from my lungs. Oh, and just for clarifications sake, it's actually Kis' as in short for Kismet. (means fate). Although, CoyoteKiss sounds a lot cuter and more friendly.
    Oops, I'm all for gettin names correct. God help the soul who calls me Kathy. "Kat, Kathleen, DG" All those are ok, but no "Kathy" please! You and I can compete for the best snot rockets. I've had a nasty headcold since last week that is finally easing up. See you Sunday

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    Yea! I'd offer to carpool from the 'tukee side of things but I am also unsure of after-ride plans. Mostly though I'm worried of my ride sustainability and need to keep my personal bailout options open. See you Saturday!

    oops - I meant Sunday

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    Nothing to see here. Move along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis
    Well I'm a "new girl", so we can be the newbies and out-ride the hazing! I've done a variation of the double a couple of times, and it's quickly become one of my favorite grinds. The more the merrier, please do! Come join!
    Add one more new guy. I have been watching this post and trying to muster up the courage. I'm 90% positive, but this afternoons ride will determine if my back tire is toast or not. If it is, the only thing preventing me from buying a new one is convincing my wife that I should spend more money on bicycle goods.
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    Pynis - Go for it...there is a good bailout after climbing Sunrise and descending the other side. Still some miles to get back, but a great point to bail.

    All, two things:
    - Some/many/most of us will INDEED be carrying beers (2 x 24 oz) for consumption at the top of Sunrise and again at the top of Windgate...believe you me, it's something nice to think about while grinding up those climbs. Don't feel compelled, but join if you'd like...2 x 12 oz is acceptable too...
    - Weather looks to be quite cool and potentially a bit wet, so dress accordingly. These trails are just fine in a light rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis
    Looking forward to meeting you Kathleen, and you will have company on the comeback ride, because I am in recovery mode myself. Took a dirty little tumble on SoMo during a night ride early last week, and because of the rib injury, I am now dealing with a killer chest cold. SO... I will not be setting any land-speed records. Just there to have fun, drink some brew, and bring up some of this crap from my lungs. Oh, and just for clarifications sake, it's actually Kis' as in short for Kismet. (means fate). Although, CoyoteKiss sounds a lot cuter and more friendly.
    Comeback x3 since I've been off for the past week and a half or so. Jeff and I were in Lake Placid, NY for his bro's wedding so we've been mighty inactive..oh and eating alot too. My last ride was the BCT ride a few weekends ago so I'll be very sluggish to say the least. Plus I'm dragging out the cushy 6" heavy bike. So be prepared to wait for me somewhere...like always. Now all I need is an SS so I can have a real excuse to cramp up. As it is, I'm sure I'll be waaaahhnny-pussing about the climbs while gasping for air.

    Hopefully, your rib oooowie & killer chest cold will ease up by then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by su.ling~
    Comeback x3 since I've been off for the past week and a half or so. Jeff and I were in Lake Placid, NY for his bro's wedding so we've been mighty inactive..oh and eating alot too. My last ride was the BCT ride a few weekends ago so I'll be very sluggish to say the least. Plus I'm dragging out the cushy 6" heavy bike. So be prepared to wait for me somewhere...like always. Now all I need is an SS so I can have a real excuse to cramp up. As it is, I'm sure I'll be waaaahhnny-pussing about the climbs while gasping for air.

    Hopefully, your rib oooowie & killer chest cold will ease up by then.
    Nothing a little beer won't take the edge off of. And the chest cold is FINALLY easing up, but I did a little trial-spin yesterday and I SUCKED, I was weak and huffin' like my poor asthmatic husband, love his soul. Ah well.... this is about meeting all the great people I've been reading about, including the legendary SL and DG! Yay! And I'm with ya sister- I've been eating and drinking like an animal for weeks, so prepare to be underwhelmed. But you know what? The party is always in the kaboose (so to speak- ), so we'll have a GOOD time! Can't wait, see you and Kathleen and Tiff tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    You and I can compete for the best snot rockets. I've had a nasty headcold since last week that is finally easing up. See you Sunday
    THIS I want to see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pynis McDermott
    Add one more new guy. I have been watching this post and trying to muster up the courage. I'm 90% positive, but this afternoons ride will determine if my back tire is toast or not. If it is, the only thing preventing me from buying a new one is convincing my wife that I should spend more money on bicycle goods.

    Bring it! The beer, and your newbieness. This is, I suspect (this coming from the girl who has never ridden in a large group) going to be a sloooow train. :-) Great way to say hi and meet people. Come introduce yourself. I will be the one hacking up a lung from this chest cold.

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    oops, we are most likely out for this trip. BCT trail day was very productive with 33 peeps showing up and 1600' of brand spankin' new trail. The last 300' was pure rock and pure hell on the body. Needless to say, we are pretty wiped and I got a cold coming on which makes me mucho unhappy-o.

    Hope you all have a great time! Looks like the rain is only 30% chance and scheduled at about the 9am time so hopefully it misses the McDowells. Dress warm cuz it will be a cold one in the AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by su.ling~
    oops, we are most likely out for this trip. BCT trail day was very productive with 33 peeps showing up and 1600' of brand spankin' new trail. The last 300' was pure rock and pure hell on the body. Needless to say, we are pretty wiped and I got a cold coming on which makes me mucho unhappy-o.

    Hope you all have a great time! Looks like the rain is only 30% chance and scheduled at about the 9am time so hopefully it misses the McDowells. Dress warm cuz it will be a cold one in the AM.
    Darn it, now I'm waffling. Good news is that my shoulder was good enough today to climb a fully 8' extended extension ladder with chainsaw in hand to give my humongous date palm a major trim. You should see the pile in front of my house! Holy moly. Bad news is that my entire body is soooo sore (and my hot tub heater is broken... ack!) I'm especially worried about my back for a long ride tomorrow. Also, I'd really like to remove an ugly lemon tree from my backyard tomorrow since bulk trash pickup only comes 4x a year. I guess I'll decide tomorrow morning. I do have pretty new plastic pedals and new 5.10 shoes to show off. But my new helmet did not arrive so I'd be riding with a cracked lid. Waffling........

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    I hear you on the back...mine is so sore for hacking rock all day. Plus having a sore throat, drippy schnoz makes it unpallatable. The cold weather also doesn't help me much.

    Sorry about not being able to meet up, CoyoteKis & Tiff...we will have to ride together soon! I'm sure you will all have a good time. Beat the boys up the hills for me! and maybe DG too seeing she may waffle...
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    Quote Originally Posted by su.ling~
    I hear you on the back...mine is so sore for hacking rock all day. Plus having a sore throat, drippy schnoz makes it unpallatable. The cold weather also doesn't help me much.

    Sorry about not being able to meet up, CoyoteKis & Tiff...we will have to ride together soon! I'm sure you will all have a good time. Beat the boys up the hills for me! and maybe DG too seeing she may waffle...
    Noooooes!!!!
    I understand though. And you have a good, noble cause-excuse for bowing out. Well next time, damn it! I need to meet/ride with women! These men and their tarzan-complexes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe
    THIS I want to see...

    Of course you do! I've SEEN your snot-rockets and they are WEEEAAAAK! We'll show you how it's done.

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    g-zus!?!?

    ok so i am going to say - i will not be hammering tomorrow.

    really cball, wtf? really? even when you suck, you pretend to hammer?


    the woman and kind are out of town, and my mind is all bout good company cuz i gots nowhere to be and i am lonely. and i expect to be hungover HOWEVER>>>there shall be no whining. DG, SL, get you arses out i miss both of you. do Sunrise then bail, it will make you feel all tingly inside cause its such a sweet hill. you will be glad you did, i will be glad you did, everyone will be glad you did. can you feel the love in this room?

    ps: if you whine, i'm dropping your @$$

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    Ready to Roll

    Chain all lubed up and the bike is ready to roll. Hey Sam I got your message. I guess I'll be riding solo up there. Anybody I can take one more bike and person. Gas is so cheap now.
    Girls I hope you all get better soon. Su_Ling and crew thanks for making the trail even longer. gesh.. I'll need a camel for the next trip on BCT.

    Charging Ipod is next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    ok so i am going to say - i will not be hammering tomorrow.

    really cball, wtf? really? even when you suck, you pretend to hammer?


    the woman and kind are out of town, and my mind is all bout good company cuz i gots nowhere to be and i am lonely. and i expect to be hungover HOWEVER>>>there shall be no whining. DG, SL, get you arses out i miss both of you. do Sunrise then bail, it will make you feel all tingly inside cause its such a sweet hill. you will be glad you did, i will be glad you did, everyone will be glad you did. can you feel the love in this room?

    ps: if you whine, i'm dropping your @$$
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    Quote Originally Posted by su.ling~
    I hear you on the back...mine is so sore for hacking rock all day. Plus having a sore throat, drippy schnoz makes it unpallatable. The cold weather also doesn't help me much.

    Sorry about not being able to meet up, CoyoteKis & Tiff...we will have to ride together soon! I'm sure you will all have a good time. Beat the boys up the hills for me! and maybe DG too seeing she may waffle...
    BUMMER!!

    Girl, take care of yourself and feel better soon! And yes I'll do my best to beat some of the boys up the hill for ya!! hehe

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    Here's a dumb new guy question: 8:00 FIP? Feet in Pedals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwilless
    Here's a dumb new guy question: 8:00 FIP? Feet in Pedals?
    Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    DG, SL, get you arses out i miss both of you. do Sunrise then bail, it will make you feel all tingly inside cause its such a sweet hill. you will be glad you did, i will be glad you did, everyone will be glad you did. can you feel the love in this room?

    ps: if you whine, i'm dropping your @$$
    My bike and gear are ready to roll in the morning. I'm now waffling back towards the notion of riding tomorrow.

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    alright packing the truck. I had dreams of forgetting my bike last night. wierd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chongoman
    alright packing the truck. I had dreams of forgetting my bike last night. wierd!
    that would suck. Damn its early
    I need to ride more and work less.

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    Excellent Ride

    Thanks to all for a most excellent ride!

    My wife and I are fairly new to this area so this was our first ride with this group. We really enjoyed riding with y'all. My wife was sad to have to leave early, but there was a paper that had to be written. I was fortunate to do the entire ride, which was a blast. And the weather (a bit chilly at Windgate pass) was realy great for a day of riding. But more importantly, this was a really fun group of folks to spend most of the day with. I can't wait for the next adventure!!

    Thanks again,
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis
    Of course you do! I've SEEN your snot-rockets and they are WEEEAAAAK! We'll show you how it's done.
    You haven't seen my snot rockets, sweetie.

    What you saw was merely a heavy exhale through my nose.

    In fact, you have not even begun to experience the nasal skills I am capable of...
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