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    Coe - Blowing out the cobwebs

    After a pretty dam good season of skiing, warm weather and the wildflower show getting started decided to skip out on the Sierras and put the call out for a fairly big spring Equinox ride.
    This was to be my 3rd mountain bike ride of the year and figured it would be a good ideal to get back in shape all at once. Well I probably bit off a little more than I could chew, never the less it was a great day. The wild flower show has started and should be really great over the next 3 weeks.
    Just to make things more interesting I did a major tuning the night before hoping I would not get stranded way out, new fork, brake and derailleur cables, thankfully everything worked pretty well after a few on the fly barrel adjustments.

    I think we all took a boat load of photo's, I'll get this TR started and slowly add to it as I get time.
    Stats: http://www.mtbguru.com/trip/show_sta...g-equinox-ride

    The Coe Staff was pretty excited about the big ride we had planned, so they started out early setting up the grand buffet for out triuphant return.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC

    The Players
    And of course TahoeBC; here ingesting his performance-enhancing supplements

    <p align="center"><img border="2" src=" http://californication.mtbguru.com/pics/Various/JeffFlowers.jpg"></img>
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    ...to be continued

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    I think I crossed paths with you guys on Wagon Rd as I was headed out to Pacheco Falls. I was thinking that I saw a dude with big biffage on his face, but here I see just some duff in Ratpick's helmet. Maybe it was the closing speed, maybe it was another group.
    How's Dutch's holding up? (Tread and foliage growth.)

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    The day started out brisk, 37 degrees at HH. The Climb up Anza/Jackson and the pain in my lower back told be right away it would be a long day.

    Pop Corn on Jackson



    Knobs I do not recall seeing any other riders out on the trail all day. Dutch's is in pretty good shape, a bit overgrown in places and the grasses are getting tall enough to make someone who has not been on the trail wonder which way the trail goes, some of our trail work was to put a dent for future riders to find there way.
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    After a brief rest we headed down Elderberry Springs, a new reroute took me for a bit of a surprise and up Rock Tower.





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    Two varity's of shooting stars, the red stemmed one's in the forgound



    Headed down to Kelly Lake and onto Kelly Cabin, there were a few more stream crossings than I remember.





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    Then it was up Cross Canyon






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    Another short break and we made our way over to the airstrip and down Rose Dam




    Then onto Pacheco Camp Camp where we top off our water supplies


    Proof of actual trail work being done, I supervised cause I'm afraid of breaking an ankle

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    We pressed on after lunch, below the bikers favorite, Blue *****!

    Ratpick getting angry with this tree


    Ratpick concerned that he might not be able to make the move under the tree, I just made, thankfully I'm freakishly flexible.



    Nope not popcorn, but bird's eye gilia?

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    Some images of Dutch's trail




    Probably a 1/4 mile of the trail was a red carpet



    Anyone know what this is?



    These are the last images of the day, at this point we had hit the low elevation point of the ride, and suddenly I lost ll interest in picture taking and focused it on my survival.



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    Great shots, looks like you had a great day. Hopefully the rest of your riding season will be as good.
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    Thanks TahoeBC. Nice floral and ride shots. Good ride vibe- enjoyed with captions.

    You haven't waxed your skis for their summer rest yet have ya?

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    Coe really put on a great show to celebrate the spring equinox, here are some more shots...

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    Wrapping up Kelly Cabin Canyon trail, after a creek crossing or two
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    On the Hoover air strip; in a week or two this place will peak
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    Ratpick in a sea of... popcorn?
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    What caused this unorthodox move and look of sheer terror on TahoeBC's face? Caption contest!
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    Nice to see some bonafide Trip Reports on here again. Great pix.

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    Great pics!

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    Didn't see your new thread and already posted some photos <A HREF="http://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=6719665&postcount=25">here</A>.

    My recap, maybe useful for those headed out that way in the near future. This was a 3-tick ride for me.

    My first time to Dutch's and loved it. The climbs were challenging, the downhills fast and the views expansive - what more do you need?

    So chilly at Hunting Hollow at 8:30am - my car's ice warning chimed at 37F just as I drove in. It was even colder on the way up Gilroy Hot Springs Rd because of a breeze. But Anza-Jackson is a good remedy for being cold!

    Speaking of which, A-J is in great shape. While I'm still yet to put a complete clean run together, I'm pretty sure it's on for my next attempt. The trailwork has bedded down nicely and the Jackson Wall is in great shape.

    Original plan was Cross Canyon but the thought of deep (cat-pee-infested) creek crossings turned us in the direction of Kelly Lake for a Kelly Cabin Canyon revisit. The Kelly Lake trail wasn't nearly as bad as I thought based on reports I've heard.

    Kelly Cabin Canyon trail is in very good shape; I really enjoyed riding the bits of trail that I helped build last year. Coming to that tight switchback that drops down to a creek crossing, my mind went back to watching Dan51 take it on my last ride there. I cleared the switchback with no problem but stuck my front tire right into a root and flipped over for a pretty spectacular face plant into the dirt (I'm assuming it was spectacular by the giggling applause from TahoeBC behind me!). Nothing broken but a scratched up chin and nose, a new appreciation for the taste of chocolaty, nutty with a hint of Cajun pepper, Coe dirt. My neck is pretty sore today, as I thought it might be!

    Easy climb up Cross Canyon with lots of wildflower photo shoots and eating contests (btw, we finally figured out how Plymmer can do his Coe epics on 2 cliff bars - it's the floral supplements that do it). There's one corner there that's been eroded and I suspect there isn't going to be a trail left soon.

    Hoover airstrip is on its way to being as spectacular as last year.

    It was quite warm by the time we reached Pacheco Camp so the cold water there was very refreshing. County Line Rd was a means to an end, and that end was a lot of fun - except the first mile which was a dance over, under and around trees and young poison oak. I know I stood directly in some PO and so did ElHombre.. no sign of a rash yet, but I'm itchy just thinking about it.

    Mustang Cutoff was a difficult climb mostly because it was on soft grass. The Dutch's rollercoaster was a great new experience; I had the benefit of following ElHombre and TahoeBC's tire tracks so didn't have to look for the trail markers; not sure I would have stayed on track if I had been leading.

    Somewhere near the bottom of Dutch's I had my second OTB of the day - amateurishly distracted by TahoeBC ahead stopping for a photo op, I ran right into a rut and flipped; this one hurt quite a bit and gave me most of the pain I've got today. Of course my first instinct was to be sure that my bike was ok.

    Yellow Jacket and Tie Down had some punishing climbs; just steep and long enough to start the "no way I can make this" voices up. When we got to Kaiser-Aetna, we'd had enough of climbing up soft grass trails so hiked a short-cut right up to the road... as if Kaiser-Aetna was any better! We crawled up for a mile towards Dowdy, rested and decided water supplies were sufficient to climb straight up Center Flats.

    At this point, I probably benefits from having never been out this way before; I had no idea how steep Center "Flats" was at the start. That first climb is a tough ask after Kaiser-Aetna! I didn't find the rest of Center Flats to be too bad; which isn't to say there weren't some tough climbs on it, but that there were usually some downhills just before to get some momentum and recover. There were suggestions of Vasquez but I've read enough to know to stay well clear unless it's over 100F (if you're going to go into Hell, it might as well be hot to make the experience accurate)! The final climb up to Wagon Rd is a mean one.

    Tule Pond trail was a great wake up after so much climbing but with time now running short for me and energy on the low side, we went for the fastest way out through Willson Camp (and I confirmed it does have two "L"s). I was surprised to see mudworm's bone art still there, although someone or something had broken up one of the bones.

    Bowl Trail out of Willson Camp is a mudpool in spots, with terrible horse holes in some dried up mudpools. Once it's dried out it should be an easy fix, though. The descent down Lymann-Willson was a lot of fun and overcame the feeling of loss from having missed out on a Middle Steer Ridge descent.

    Any ride on a trail that's new to me is a good ride for me and I really enjoyed this one. The leapfrogging by ElHombre and TahoeBC to take action shots was funny to watch. I'm thrilled that all the roadie miles I've done this year so far have put me in good shape for long Coe rides (because that's the point of doing them!). Now I just need to get out to Hat Rock, Bear Mountain, Rock House Ridge, Long Ridge....

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    fantastic ride writeup and pix guys, thanks for sharing. you guys are much more ambitious about getting the cobwebs out than i am! i did a 90 minute ride up along the ridges of briones saturday and a great 8 mile hike in sunol wilderness yesterday, but i would never have made it on the ride you guys did...

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    a few more...

    You never know what you're gonna get in Coe, which makes it so much fun. Not too many incidents for me - one tick, found myself one time in the middle of poison oak (together with Ratpick), my front wheel got swallowed once by a hidden sink hole (followed by an inconsequential roll on soft grass) and never got run over by TahoeBC while attempting to shoot him - so kind of him!

    Navigating the trails on vague memory was a lot of fun, as were the creek crossings and fast descents. The light went out for me on Center 'Flats' but I luckily managed to get it back on when we were done with it.

    <p align="center"><img border="2" src=" http://californication.mtbguru.com/pics/CoeSpringEquinox/CIMG1028.JPG"></img>
    Ratpick on Dutch's
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    Yellowjacket trail - btw, that fun log roll is still there (not on the pic)
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    <p align="center"><img border="2" src=" http://californication.mtbguru.com/pics/CoeSpringEquinox/CIMG1018.JPG"></img>
    TahoeBC saying hi</p>
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    Thanks for tagging along guys, Ratpick gets the climbing award of the day, think he cleaned everything back to the car.

    And cwix, not by a long shot....
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    Middle Ridge Berm Ride Fantasy

    Great write-up Patrick!

    Trail work this Saturday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer

    Great write-up Patrick!

    Trail work this Saturday!
    Thanks! Well, I would, but as you can see, I hurt my ankle being a human winch...



    Will lodge request for another Saturday in Coe!

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    Page 85

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    Anyone know what this is?
    Star Lilies. We saw a few on the China Hole Trail along the climb up to Manzanita Point.

    Shiloh, turn to page 85.



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    Thanks for the quality super Spring Coe kaleidoscope of colors and trails!

    Those are some sweet images...all of them could be framed!
    Cheers,
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    Thanks Charlie, maybe that will be the one new flower I'll remember this year!

    And Paul, Touche, you know how I love those berms on middle ridge
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    The idea of this turn is to help get adjusted to the series of corners coming up while at the same time having fun and having room good sight lines.

    There won't be trail work this weekend, I have decided, since there's the race, my broken ankle, and not many hands available for it. It's going to be a good weekend for everyone to ride and hike somewhere. I still hope to get out in Coe though somehow.

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