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    MBTB8 - Skeggs Pt/ECDM OSP - Thurs, May 25, 10am

    The starting point is at Skeggs Point along Skyline/Hwy 35. The park is El Corte de Madera OSP.

    http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_madera.asp

    http://webpages.cwia.com/emartini/mbtb8.html

    I'm out for this one. Francois is your fearless leader. Prepare for pleasure and pain.

    If anyone wants to volunteer to lead a 'B' or a 'C' ride, speak up.

    Meet up at Passion Trail Bikes afterwards for Happy Hour coffee drinks and perhaps a draw from the tap. Knobbyknees will chime in with directions to the shop and more details.

    http://www.passiontrailbikes.com/

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    Yes, I need a rollcall. Who's coming???

    We need a B- group leader too.

    Skeggs is perfect right now. If you've never been there, it's one of the top 3 riding spots in the south bay area.

    francois

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    Happy Hour at Passion Trail Bikes after Skeggs Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    If anyone wants to volunteer to lead a 'B' or a 'C' ride, speak up.

    Meet up at Passion Trail Bikes afterwards for Happy Hour coffee drinks and perhaps a draw from the tap. Knobbyknees will chime in with directions to the shop and more details.

    http://www.passiontrailbikes.com/
    I'll lead a slow short ride if there are any takers.

    Getting to Passion from Skeggs is easy. Take Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35) north about 8.5 miles, to Hwy 92. Turn right. Follow it down the hill and cross Hwy 280. The next exit is Ralston Ave.. Take that, at the stop turn left, away from the freeway. Follow Ralston Ave down, past Alameda de Las Pulgas, about 2.5 miles. After you cross El Camino, you go under the tracks. Turn left on Old County Road. Go about 1/2 mile to 415 Old County Road, Belmon, CA 94002. Passion is right behind the Napa Auto Parts Store, on the right.

    Click on these two links for combined driving directions (google is confused if you do the whole route at once)

    Skeggs to Ralston & Alameda
    Ralston & Alameda to Passion Trail Bikes

    Or view how google does it when confused (it will still get you there)
    Skeggs to Passion via 92 and El Camino
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    Good job! This sounds work related ...

    guess I'm required there. I'll lead group B. How does this sound ... Sierra Morena -> Blue Blossom -> up Crosscut -> down Giant Salamander -> out StarHill/Swett Rd.
    "Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia" - H.G. Wells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeG
    This sounds work related, guess I'm required there.
    That would make a daily ride a requirement. Where do I sign up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by knobbyknees
    I'll lead a slow short ride if there are any takers.
    Sounds good to me. Given that Skeggs will be day 7 of riding for me, slow will be the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeG
    guess I'm required there. I'll lead group B. How does this sound ... Sierra Morena -> Blue Blossom -> up Crosscut -> down Giant Salamander -> out StarHill/Swett Rd.
    Isn't Giant salamander closed this season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev1n
    Isn't Giant salamander closed this season?
    Sure looks like it ..

    This report is dated 5/5/06

    http://www.openspace.org/preserves/trail_conditions.asp

    Cheers.

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    from Midpen's website (5/13/06):

    El Corte de Madera Creek
    The North Leaf, South Leaf, Giant Salamander, and West Methuselah (Fir to Star Hill Road) Trails are OPEN to bikes and horses.

    Crossover trail is OPEN to all use.

    Virginia Mill Trail is OPEN to bikes and is CLOSED and impassible to horses due to storm damage at the Lawrence Creek bridge crossing.

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    Cool, I'll come to this one too.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Quote Originally Posted by Gakster
    Sure looks like it ..

    This report is dated 5/5/06

    http://www.openspace.org/preserves/trail_conditions.asp

    Cheers.
    Nope! Just rode it today. Some downed trees and muddy areas. But it's all open. Gosh! I love the Salamander
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    I'm there

    What's the route?

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    I'll be there

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    Be sure to show the new people to Skeggs...

    The tafoni formation, the Resolution airline wreckage, and the old growth redwood.

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    Wait a sec. The subj header says Wed, and the post says Thurs.

    Which is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J
    Wait a sec. The subj header says Wed, and the post says Thurs.
    That was an edit that apparently didn't make it all the way to the top.

    Official info here: http://webpages.cwia.com/emartini/mbtb8.html

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    Thanks duder. I will see yall on Tues and Thurs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J
    Thanks duder. I will see yall on Tues and Thurs.
    Not "us all". I'm riding Sat, Mon, Wed and Sun at Boggs.

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    I'll be there...

    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Yes, I need a rollcall. Who's coming???

    We need a B- group leader too.

    Skeggs is perfect right now. If you've never been there, it's one of the top 3 riding spots in the south bay area.

    francois
    But were are we meeting, Skeggs parking lot? or at one of the trail head entrances?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim F.
    But were are we meeting, Skeggs parking lot? or at one of the trail head entrances?
    Meeting place is the main lot, Skeggs point parking lot.

    francois

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    Any one want to share a ride from LG, Saratoga, Cambell area?

    Your car or mine, leaving by 9 am, from REI shopping center/Pet'es Coffee in Saratoga. Leave me a message, I'll reply back tonight and early tomorro morning (5ish).

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    I'll be there, but I'm coming from the East Bay and traffic is going to suck until about 9:30. How about a slightly late start, like 10:15-10-30? Look for the tall guy on the bright red 29er SS.

    See you at the parking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Caballo
    traffic is going to suck until about 9:30. How about a slightly late start, like 10:15-10-30?
    You've got to pay if you want to play. 10:15 won't be a problem.

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    All right you phuckers!

    I know you all had a great phucking ride today swooping down resolution trail and blue blossom while I sit here and work! Now your probably hanging round the bike shop drinking fresh, cold beer.....well $crew you! I'm pissed....jealous as hell.

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    Great ride. Time for me to ride the couch, I think.

    Hey, someone left a bag of dirty clothes at Passion Trail Bikes. Come get them before they get too rancid...
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlespeed.org
    Great ride. Time for me to ride the couch, I think.

    Hey, someone left a bag of dirty clothes at Passion Trail Bikes. Come get them before they get too rancid...
    Oh man, green and orange messenger bag? That would be mine. Darn.

    francois

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    Wow, such anger and agression. Do we have to send you to anger management counseling?

    You would've hated today's ride anyway. The weather was too sunny and the temperature never got above 75 degrees. Plus, the trails were in sorry shape - way too much traction and speed.

    I'm sure Francis drank a beer in your honor at Passion Trail Bikes after filling himself up with a big fat carne asada burrito.

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    Ok, We started the ride late and everyone was spent from the week's riding. Then 2 folks got lost and we spent about an hour looking for them. They were soo pissed a fight almost broke out. We then went to Manzanita but two guys flatted on the rocky chute and 1 guy crashed soo hard he had to be escorted out. We tried to salvage the ride but were consumed by skeeters on the fire road down. A speed trap was set at the bottom and the lead two guys got $250 speeding tickets. So we decided to just head home on the road and got buzzed by a couple angry local pickup trucks.

    Oh well, can't win them all.

    francois

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    Photos:

    J at Manzanita


    Ryan on a 29er Soulcraft


    kevlau


    Peter Donohue aka singlespeed.org


    Tom aka Rensho on the brand new Niner with Carbon fork.


    John aka El Caballo on a 29er with rigid fork and flat pedals



    Derek aka Bustamove on the Retrotec 29er


    Dave pinning it!


    Victor aka Stalk on an old Santa Cruz Tazmon


    MikeG on another one of those Santa Cruz bikes
    Last edited by fc; 05-25-2006 at 09:14 PM.

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    Ryan on Crosscut trail


    Victor


    Derek


    Tom


    Tim


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    Dave

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    Victor


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    Derek on Blue Blossom


    Tom


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    Break time




    Tim on Giant Salamander


    MikeG airing it out, moments before he unclipped






    South leaf trail





    The climb out
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    We then picked up som burritos from Pancho Villas in San Mateo and headed out to Passion Trail bikes for the post-ride party. They had some AWESOME local beer on tap and we hung out for a couple of hours.

    Berry Stevens stocking the mtbr woolie socks





    Here's a vid of the action
    http://mtbr.com/author/photos/mbtbskeggs/mvi_7571.avi

    the end,
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    I can add a couple post-ride pics:







    Route as best I can remember: Skeggs Point > CM1 > Fir Trail, Manzanita >
    Timberview > Crosscut > Crossover > Gordon Mill > Sierra Morena Trail >
    CM4 > Skyline 35 > Bear Gulch Road > CM5 or CM6 > Lawrence Creek >
    Blue Bonnet > Spring Board > Gordon Mill > Crossover > Crosscut > Timberview >
    Giant Salamander Trail > Mathuselah > South Leaf > Star Hill Road > CM8 (a) >
    North Leaf > El Corte de Madera Creek (b) > CM1 > Skeggs Point
    (a) some took Star Hill > Swett > Skyline > Skeggs Point
    (b) I love the Resolution Trail so I went up Resolution > Fir > CM1 > Skeggs

    Stats: 3:45/2:24/16.17 miles/2,982'

    After the long ride at Big Basin the day before - this one hurt! But it was fun and I
    got to see some great riding - but only for a moment as everyone disappeared in
    the distance pretty quickly!

    Thanks Francis; great job of leading us around and the pictures are great! And
    thanks Passion for hosting a bunch of dirty, smelly mtn bikers...having food &
    drinks...looking at our mechanical problems...

    ///Charlie
    Last edited by Skyline35; 05-26-2006 at 06:19 AM. Reason: I forgot to say thanks.

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    Great ride today guys. Those be some tasty trails.

    Thanks for Photoshopping some muscles on my legs fc! I owe you.

    Great panning shots. They really came out well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    We then picked up som burritos from Pancho Villas in San Mateo and headed out to Passion Trail bikes for the post-ride party. They had some AWESOME local beer on tap and we hung out for a couple of hours.
    If anyone wants to see the beer, I have been updating the PTB web site (http://www.passiontrailbikes.com/) so that the beer currently on tap is shown in the right column of the page. And if you click the beer logo, it will bring you to the page for the brewer.
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    Thanks to francois for leading a great ride and taking all the photos. And for the socks.

    Passion Trail Bikes is a great store. I felt vaguely guilty that I didn't need to buy anything. Peninsula people should check it out.

    Pleasure riding with everyone. See you tomorrow at Rockville.

    I took exactly one picture. Here it is:
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Ok, We started the ride late and everyone was spent from the week's riding. Then 2 folks got lost and we spent about an hour looking for them. They were soo pissed a fight almost broke out. We then went to Manzanita but two guys flatted on the rocky chute and 1 guy crashed soo hard he had to be escorted out. We tried to salvage the ride but were consumed by skeeters on the fire road down. A speed trap was set at the bottom and the lead two guys got $250 speeding tickets. So we decided to just head home on the road and got buzzed by a couple angry local pickup trucks.

    Oh well, can't win them all.

    francois
    HAHAHAHA.

    That's a joke, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac
    HAHAHAHA.

    That's a joke, right?
    I think it was anaerobically induces memory loss from all the climbing we did..
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    Lost on Star Hill rd...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac
    HAHAHAHA.

    That's a joke, right?
    Took a left, instead of a right. I knew Skyline was to the right, but I could of swore that I saw the guy far ahead of me go left (thought maybe he knew something I didn't). Continued down to the North leaf trail head, and turned around and went back up. Added a couple of additional miles to my ride. Should have stuck with you guys going down resulution and El Corte de Madra, at least I knew that route pretty well, and I think it was actually shorter.

    Great ride anyway. Let's do it again, any one up for same time and day next week?
    Tim F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac
    HAHAHAHA.

    That's a joke, right?
    Yes, yes. I'm just kidding. It was a perfect group ride. The only casualty is for those who missed the ride and stayed in the office.

    francois

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim F.
    Took a left, instead of a right. I knew Skyline was to the right, but I could of swore that I saw the guy far ahead of me go left (thought maybe he knew something I didn't)...
    Did we forget to mention the haunted rider at Star Hill? There have been sightings of a rider that went missing several years ago.

    Consider yourself lucky nothing worse happened in those woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Caballo
    Thanks to francois for leading a great ride and taking all the photos. And for the socks.

    Passion Trail Bikes is a great store. I felt vaguely guilty that I didn't need to buy anything. Peninsula people should check it out.

    Pleasure riding with everyone. See you tomorrow at Rockville.

    I took exactly one picture. Here it is:
    And a brilliant photo at that.

    It's tough to take photos at Skeggs. The powers of light and speed are at odds with each other.

    francois

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