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    Sedona in 10 days or less or how I gave thanks.

    My St. George/Sedona Trip in 1000 words or less.


    Well, once again I've returned from a long biking trip. This one's
    worth documenting for sure. Not because any of you need to know what I
    did, so much as Pete(NO, not the mtbr Pete), Julio, and me will need to remember what I did
    the year previous. Let's be honest now, Pete's memory is fading fast
    and he can use any help he can get. Also, I'm not sure but I think I
    saw Elvis a few times out of the corner of my eye. Wily dude for sure

    Now, let's set the scene for how this trip will play out. The plan was
    to drive to St. George, ride there three days, mosey on down to Sedona
    via Grand Canyon and bike there for four days. A lot of car time, but
    even more ride time. Weather should be good. We'd have a condo lined up
    in Sedona for five nights with kitchen. It was to be a sweet trip.

    We started planning this whole shindig with 8 people in mind, so condo was rented for 8. Planned attendees, Shaine,Julie, Dave, Jenn, Eric,Drew, Trish, and me. Drew and Trish bagged it early, Jenn not too far after. Why is unimportant, but it did leave us with an underbooked condo, which meant more money for the rest of us. We initially tried to line Laura up...no go..then Shaine casually invites Maggie one week before the trip to fill a spot. Poor girl tried her heart out to get the time off but couldn't. One week notice just wasn't enough. So set in stone it was...a crew of five we had.

    A storm was brewing over the Rockies, and we got the hell out of dodge as early as we could on Friday, 11/19/2004, say 6:30ish. Only 30 minutes late, not so bad. Green River hotel by midnight, up early on
    the 20th, in St. George by 11:30am, ready to ride. We met up with Kevin (tiggerider) and Bryce (local mech and BLM trailbuilder), along with a another couple in a Wendy's parking lot to ride.

    The Ride: Broken Mesa, shuttle style, with Bryce as guide. He designed and built most of the trail and Kevin worked on it as well. Very cool to ride with people with an intimate knowledge of the trail. Started off with a road climb, to a ST climb. The trail was pretty rocky on top of the mesa, ala Fruita's Moore Fun or Front Range's Sourdough. A storm was threatening, and we had a ton of mechs. Shaine put his chain in his spokes, and that took almost an hour to fix, and I managed to double pinch flat coming into a rocky section way too fast. That's a first for me, especially considering I was running 45/50 PSI in both tires. Trail has a very cool, very very fast downhill across a rolling field, and then transitioned into an old chossy wagon trail. A quick ride into town, closed the shuttle, and bid Kevin and Bryce adieu.


    The Start ala Shaine:






    Eric cleaning:





    Some of the Mechanicals:





    Julie out running the storm:





    A view the opposite way, Zion in the distance:





    The final descent:









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    Day#2 No biking to be had anywhere.

    Day#2

    We awoke in hotel room, 5 bikes, 5people, 2 beds, to rain drizzling
    outside. Our plan had been to ride Gooseberry Mesa down in Hurricane an
    hour to the SE. We decided to bag that idea, with the colds temps and
    heavy at times rain. Zion NP was close, so what the hell. We did two
    hikes there, one to the emerald pools, and a big one to the top of the
    rim on Angel's landing. What a gorgeous place. We started our hike in
    the rain and moved up to snow at the top.



    Some views of Zion:









    And there's always one screw up on the trip:





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    Day #3 we would ride, oh yes, we would ride.

    Day#3 Last day in St. George.

    We(me) REALLY wanted to ride Gooseberry before we left, so I convinced
    the crew that we wouldn't do any trail damage as it was all rock, and
    the worst we'd do is hurt ourselves. Convinced, we droveout to
    Goosesberry, but the final ascent to the mesa proved treacherous and we
    never made the mesa. We did however manage to near sink my Explorer in
    mud on the road trying to get there. Fortunately we had reformed
    redneck Dave at the helm (I'm californian and can't drive in any
    adverse conditions whatsoever), and he managed to slip and slide it
    back on to dryish mud after about 100-200yds of praying he wouldn't
    lose speed or roll it. We of course all stood on the side of the road
    and watched...damn I wish I had my camera out for that.



    On the way back to St. George dejected, we passed through hurricane and
    saw some random trailhead. We had to ride, so it was worth a check out
    at least. Open to bikes, soil tacky, but not muddy. Tires left just a
    touch an imprint. A slow drizzle is raining down, the map shows the
    possibility of a 20mile loop. We ride. It starts off as super sweet
    single track, mostly smooth. Conditions were less than ideal rain/temp
    wise but we we're riding...and riding on good stuff no less. Happy and
    content we pedaled on..coming across a bedrock wash, a n overlook onto
    the virgin river canyon, and a view of Gooseberry Mesa. Trail
    conditions worsened to a clayish type soil as we reached the 5mile
    mark, and the weather was turning more dismal...or perhaps the cold was
    just finally setting in. It took us quite awhile to cover the first
    five, so we decided today was an out and back and returned to the car.
    Man it's good to get a ride in, when you've all but given up hope.



    The standard duckling shot:





    Dave out there:





    The Wash:





    Bike Friendly Cattle Crossing:






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    Day #4 Sedona here we come...oh yeah, and a few pics on the way

    Day #4, tuesday Time to leave St. George for Sedona

    A couple of the guys on the trip had never been to The Grand Canyon and
    hadn't been since my early teens, so we made the quick juant out 
    there on the way. Saw some big canyons, saw some weirds rocks, saw more
    snow. Good travel day. Stopped at the grocery store in Sedona, $180
    bill. Gonna be a good Tday too.







    The weird:





    The Grand:




    The more out of shape you are, the steeper the hill looks.

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    Day#5 Redoing things right.

    Day#5 Time to ride

    Initially we were concerned that the same storm that hammered us in St.
    George would again be our nemesis in Sedona, but luck was on our side.
    Partly cloudly, highs in the upper 50's. First ride of the Sedona
    portion, a figure eight, up Broken Arrow to Chicken Point, down Mr.
    Toad's Wild Ride, under the Freeway on Templeton, all the way over to
    Buddha beach, up over the Baldwin Trail to a road into town. Up 179
    back to Bike N' Bean in Oak Creek, mostly unamed single track back to
    the car with a little residental thrown in. The trails were too wet in
    spots, good traction on the sand, not enough on the rocks. One of the
    mechs at the Bean mentioned that riding was "too easy now, and would
    get better as it dried out", then mentioned something about sand being
    good. Didn't really get that nor did I really want to have him clarify.
    On the bike for around 5 hours. Last time I did this ride, I bonked so
    hard I couldn't ride for two days afterwards (nor could I control my
    body's temp going back and forth from cold shivers to pouring sweat in
    mere minutes). I was quite happy to finish this ride with enegry to
    spare. Bonking sux.



    Eric on broken arrow:





    Dave on LittleHorse:





    Shainer catches a little air below Chicken Point:





    Julie finds the line:




    Shane gives a little lean:







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    Day#6 Gobble gobble

    [Day#6 Turkey Day

    You simply have to ride before stuffing yourself full of turkey and other
    random assortments of food. Leastways I feel it's the only way I can
    build up some proper room for it. Our condo(house really) was in
    "uptown" Sedona at the corner of Smith and Apple, so we rode from our
    place to the "secret trails"...that's what the guide book called
    'em...beats the hell out of me. We started at the Jordan trail head and
    worked our way over to the Soldiers trail which we took up to a
    Wilderness Boundary. Much screwing around on slickrock and on the
    trails. Good times had by all. Wondered back to the Soldiers trail
    head, then retraced our steps back to the condo. Not much needs to be
    said, but we feast, damn did we feast. 8 side dishes I think, 5 pies,
    ice cream. I had trouble moving the rest of the day.



    Shaine getting dirty:





    Some trail:





    More trail:





    A little turkey:





    A little beer:





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    Day #7 Who the hell knows....seriously

    Day#7 Damn if I Know

    We did this trail last time, and loved it. This time around was much
    more painful. From the house up Munds Wagon trail to the Cow Pies trail
    to the saddle, down damifIno, wander for over an hour trying to cross
    the creek, down 89A towards town, I broke of some ST that crossed under
    the big bridge before town. Met up with the crew on top of it. Wander
    on random ST until we hit the Jim Thompson trail, back to the Jordan
    trail head. Wow, another near epic day. Crashes, wet/steep slick rocks.
    Some major route finding at the bottom of damifino. We were spent after
    this for sure.



    Single track up:





    Picture 1 Picture2




    Some steeper stuff:





    Dave's quote last year, "Scary fall to your death type $hit"...even
    worse this year:





    Damn were we tired:





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    Day#8 One last ride

    Day#8 Saturday, One last ride

    We needed to sneak one last ride in. And from our house we rode once
    again. Up Jordan. Such sweet single track that was so close to our
    place. Over to TeaCup, lots of techy on this one to fill our appetites.
    Down and up to Sugarloaf loop, up a techy climb to the top of Sugar
    Loaf mtn. Cool view from the top and awesome descent off it that we had
    all the camera takers lighting up. Down to the the Thunder Mtn.
    trail(too many unclimbable gullies), which we looped right in front of
    Chimney rock back to Sugarloaf loop. Up some random ST(it's everywhere
    out there), where we basked on the rocks and soaked up the sun which
    just popped it's head out. The crew called it a day and headed back via
    our original tiretracks back to the house. With the sun out, I couldn't
    resist slugging back to the top of Sugarloaf Mtn. to try one more time
    for a good 360degree pano. It just didn't quite work....back on the
    trail, Dave and Eric were waiting for me at the beginning of TeaCup,
    and back we all rode to the house. Finished the evening off properly
    with dinner at Javelina's. Set the alarms at 5:00am to attempt to beat
    the impending storm we just heard about.




    Teacup with a view:





    Shaine using all six inches:





    A view from the top of Sugarloaf:





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    Day #9 Beating the storm or rather beat by the storm

    Day#9 The painful drive home.

    I was up at 4:45am to the sounds of rain pounding on the room, finished packing my truck, and on the road at about
    5:30. We took 179 to I-17 to avoid Oak Creek canyon. Good call, even
    I-17 sucked as we climbed towards Flagstaff. Snow packed roads, right
    hand turn in Flag onto I-40, more snow which we soon left, and didn't
    hit again until around Trinidad in Colorado. Pretty much snow the rest
    of the way home. 4 hours added onto our drive time because of the snow.
    Saw three flipped cars and maybe 20 different wrecks, which we managed
    to stay out of. Our trip was just right.




    That's all folks:



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    At least you kept it inside the fences.
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    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Wow - that looks like a blast. Thanks for the pics.

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    Barely....just barely. Dave literally took up that whole width getting it out....Turns out the vegetation on the far side makes for great traction too, even if it puts the truck at a 45....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    Barely....just barely. Dave literally took up that whole width getting it out....Turns out the vegetation on the far side makes for great traction too, even if it puts the truck at a 45....
    I just bought my first set of "good" tires for my Jeep, and wow, big difference in the snow this week. That picture looks super slippery, so I don't know how much of a difference it woud have made...
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Sick. Sick, sick, sick. I rode my rode bike lots. And drank some beer with the extended family. I had a good enough time, but would rather have been out with ya'll.
    "I've courted brain damage like some courtesan of darkness."


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    I'm always down to get other trips going....thinking one to Vegas next. Ton of riding out there, and good in the winter.

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    very nice

    Great pictures. Is Shaine Titusguy? Don't see too many people with Supermotos.
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    Looks like a nice trip besides the shotty weather.
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    great thread

    that was a great tale, got to pull at that thread all day at work, a little tug here and there between 'real' work, it kept me going thru work on a Saturday, the pics were awsome

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