• 12-17-2012
    Finch Platte
    New trail at Hogan, film at 9:25. Yes, there was blood.
    Man, talk about your Hero Dirt. There's a certain lake/reservoir in the Calaveras foothills that is in primo shape these days, and with trails being added constantly, it's easy to get twisted around. I've been riding there for 20 years, and got lost several times Sunday. 'Course, the safety break didn't help. :^D *exhale, coff coff* Many, many riders up there over the weekend, more & more people are coming to appreciate the excellence of the trails there in winter weather. As Uncle Stinky noted in his post, lots of riders from all over: Modesto, Lodi, Stockton, Oakdale, Arnold, Patterson & more. If you haven't been to Hogan for a while, or, like, never, you gotta get up there. I know it's a haul for some, but hey, I've been driving hours to get to trailheads for years, now it's someone else's turn!

    Anyhoo, I went out Saturday with my focus on doing something with the bottom of Nate's Trail, as it was a great section of downhill trail goodness with a rather disappointing finale, petering out into a skull-strewn streambed for a few hundred yards before joining the existing lower trail. Rather a letdown, I thought. So, I rode to the top of Brian's switchbacks to pick up my HulaHoe (Registered Trademark), taped it to my bike and jangled back to Nate's to complete the job.

    The gully lent itself to gentle back & forth swaths through the manzanita & soft dirt (I know, right? The rains we've been having really loosened up the rich soil), so I got to work. After a bit, Jeff joined me, and together we plotted out where the trail was going and got back to it. Several hours later, we were done, and we stood back & admired our efforts. A swooping trail now completed Nate's, and with a heinous little ending dropping you onto the lower trail, I suggested we name the new section Happy Ending (me love you lonnnnng time!)

    I talked Jeff into pushing his bike to the top of Nate's to ride down the whole thing, hoping he would christen the whole trail with a (hopefully) uninterrupted ride down to the bottom. I ran after him with my camera, getting it all on film (albeit a herky, bouncing video), but little did I know that when we did get to the bottom, there would be blood. If you haven't ridden Nate's (and many have gazed over the precipes in awe, but declined to ride it) you might know that there are quite a few scary bits that will make your nutsack crawl back into their cave. Nice job riding it, Jeff. Not bad for an old dude. :cool:

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  • 12-17-2012
    Finch Platte
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    And some pics from Sat/Sun
    Good times, good times. Makes me wanna go drink some beer.
  • 12-17-2012
    Finch Platte
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    What a motley crue!
  • 12-17-2012
    jrm
    This Gjrm approves
    the pics and commentary as you wiped out was priceless. Thanks for the laugh Happy holidays
  • 12-17-2012
    JMac47
    Cool vid Gary, next time duct tape it to Endo, it will be better for viewing. :@ Plus then we can see you ride it too!
  • 12-17-2012
    Uncle Stinky
    I am so fat!!!! and I f-uped my ankle somehow and it keeps getting worse. Cool video and shots.
  • 12-18-2012
    JFR
    Cool vid and pics. Running the trail and shooting video while giving step by step narration with a crash = classic Finch Platte stuff!
  • 12-18-2012
    snowjnky
    love the drunken cyclist jersey
  • 12-20-2012
    imjps
    Another classic FP post. I think I woke up the family laughing this morning.
  • 12-26-2012
    kYLEMtnCRUZr
    The world could use some more bermed out ditches.
  • 03-26-2014
    Finch Platte
    Bump. Trails are in fricking AWEsome shape these days. Can't say the same about the lake, tho. You can ride straight down from the parking lot, across where the lake used to be and onto the trail. Boo!