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    My mountain biking vacation!

    This week I'm on vacation! Decided to take a road trip to go mountain biking in Arizona where trail conditions are dry and the weather is warm! Yesterday I rode at La Tierra in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The plan is to ride here one more day, stay the night in Flagstaff, Arizona, then ride in Sedona for 2 days before heading to the Phoenix area. I may hit Fruita, Colorado on the way back to Nebraska.

    I'm not in the best shape right now, and yesterday's 3 and a half hour ride at roughly 6,800 feet really kicked my butt! I expect more of the same today, but hey, its nice to get back in the saddle on some dirt, and the change of scenery and being able to ride something different is nice. Here are some photos from yesterday's ride. They are kind of lame, but hopefully, I'll post some better ones in the next couple of days.
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    I'm glad to see that you got out while you were on vacation. All of the snow is melting here in Omaha making any dirt trail sloppy. I'm hoping in a week or 2 things will melt and dry out. I need to start biking outside!!!

    Nice photos

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    Weather forcast is as follows.

    Phx Tuesday - Thus - 79 to 73
    Phx Friday - 60F 40% chance of rain
    Phx Saturday 57F Partly sunny
    Phx Sunday - Wed - 69 to 76

    We have a cold front coming in and Friday could be wash out. Some trails are rideable in the rain and it rarely rains all day. Mostly just in places for short time.


    So what this means is Don't be in Flag on Friday. You will get snow. Possibly snow in Sedona on Fri/Sat as they are sayin 55 on Friday/ Snow Saturday. Sedona will be 68 on Thursday though.

    Be off the Mtn Before it snows on Friday or you will be stuck. Flag weather is snow Fri/Sat/Sunday.
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    Nice!

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    I rented a Giant Anthem 29er from Javalina Cycles & rode on South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Feb 2012. I enjoyed myself so much that I bought an Anthem 29er last summer & have been riding it in Upstate NY ever since.
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    nice

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    Re: My mountain biking vacation!

    Nice looking Airborne Guardian!

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    Thanks for the replies! Today I got a rather late start on the trails. After spending some time at the bike store and eating lunch, I headed down the interstate and landed at White Mesa, near Albuquerque. Turns out there are 2 entrances to the trailhead (maybe more), and I started at the one with the most difficult terrain, that also happened to be the most scenic. So, after huffing and puffing for a few hundred yards, I was taking lots of photos, and it was kind of stop and go for a while.

    The winds were blowing like crazy...I'd say at least 25 to 35 miles per hour. At one point, I took the cap off a Gatorade bottle, and it flew out of my hand, about 10 yards! The upper flap of my Camelbak kept on hitting me in the back of the head as well, so it was a little irritating.

    Anyway, it seems like I was pushing my bike quite a bit for a good part of the day, as the skill level in a lot of places at White Mesa was beyond what I'd ever encountered, and my level of fitness didn't help either. However, scenery was awesome, and I had a lot of fun flying down hills! I also got a good workout even when pushing the bike up hill!

    Honestly, I really wish I would have gotten an earlier start, because at about 4:30 pm, I had to head back to the car, and there was a lot more riding to do. On the other hand, after beating up my lungs yesterday, I felt a lot better today, so I'm thinking the shorter time on the trail today might have helped prime my lungs for Sedona, which I plan to get a much earlier start on tomorrow.

    Toward the end of the ride, for the second day in a row on a New Mexico trail, I got lost trying to find my car. I thought I saw it in the distance, which initially made me quite happy, only to discover that I was at the wrong entrance of the trail head. It was a relief, however, that I didn't have to climb DOWN one of the hills I had to climb UP, or should I say, push my bike up.

    When I was going up this hill, I remember thinking that it would probably be fun to ride down, unless, of course, I crashed and came tumbling down the hillside which was almost like a cliff! After I got to the top of the hill, there was a sign that basically read "don't die trying to go down this thing", and I was thinking that carrying or pushing the bike down would be a challenge. So, I'm quite thankful I got lost on the way back! The ride ended with me flying down a gravel road to my car. After being cold, tired, and a little weary, it was a nice way to end the ride!

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    Re: My mountain biking vacation!

    Nice pics! Looking forward to the updates.

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    Looks like your having a blast! Soak it all in for people like me who are in the Chicago burbs getting 10 inches of snow.

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    You go by yourself? I probably have to go to Colorado for work in october, was going to stay an extra week to hit Fruita and Moab. How is the trip solo if that's what you're doing?
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    great pics!! Makes me want to hop a flight out there to join you! especially on a cold day in Nebraska like today.

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    How come every person that rides in New Mexico talks about high winds? What's up with that? I'm from the Windy City but it's not that bad.
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    Great stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElDuderino2412 View Post
    You go by yourself? I probably have to go to Colorado for work in october, was going to stay an extra week to hit Fruita and Moab. How is the trip solo if that's what you're doing?
    Yep. Just me. Honestly, its not bad. Not that its not fun to have someone ride with you to talk to, but when I'm taking a break from riding, I'm taking photos, and its fun to come back here after I ride to post photos and such, so honestly, I'm quite content!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YetiBear View Post
    How come every person that rides in New Mexico talks about high winds? What's up with that? I'm from the Windy City but it's not that bad.
    My boss at work lived in New Mexico for a while when he was in the military. When I was telling him about my trip, he mentioned that the one thing he hated about New Mexico was the high winds! You know what? He was right! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclechic80 View Post
    great pics!! Makes me want to hop a flight out there to join you! especially on a cold day in Nebraska like today.
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    Today, once again, threw several unexpected curveballs at me I wasn't expecting. The first was that I thought that leaving Flagstaff at 12:30pm would get me 5 hours on the trails. Wrong. The road from Flagstaff to Sedona is a long, twisty one, through the mountains, where speeds around certain curves get pretty slow. I'd say it took me about 45 minutes to get there, even though its only 28 miles away.

    Once arriving in Sedona, I didn't quite understand the directions to the trails I had, because I didn't understand the frame of reference about which way to go from the starting point. So, I drove through town all the way out to Red Rock State Park (I think, assuming my memory is correct). I figured that someone there would at least be able to point me in the right direction. I was wrong, although the gatekeeper did point me in the direction of the visitors center, where I had to pay for my parking passes anyway.

    Thinking I knew where I was and how to get to the trails, I drove back the way I came, only to realize after a few miles I was going the wrong direction. I took a close look at the map, and then it dawned on my which direction I needed to go. Finally, I was headed in the right direction! I quickly found the trailhead to Cockscomb, which I figured would be a good trail to get started on. I didn't hit the saddle until about 2:30pm, 2 hours after I left Flagstaff!

    Not long after I got started, I was breathing hard, but having a blast. Because of the awesome scenery, I took lots of photos. After some climbs, there was some awesome descents, which I'd say were the most fun I've ever had on a trail.

    I'd never seen so many rocks on a trail in my life! I quickly found that I was able to plow right through the rocks with my Guardian 29er, something I didn't think I'd be able to do a week ago if you showed me photos of the terrain I'd be riding. There were many times I stalled and had to get off the bike briefly and walk, but overall, I was very happy with what the bike could do.

    I only saw a couple of other bikers on the trail I was riding the whole time I was there. One girl looked kind of like pro mountain biker Emily Batty, but all I really noticed about her was that she was really pretty, had a blond pony tail, and had a Fox fork on her bike. She barely acknowledged me. LOL

    I thought I'd only ride one trail and then move onto the next, but it didn't take me long to discover that the trail system merged quite a bit. At about 4:30pm, I started getting a little nervous that the sun would go down without finding my way back to the road, because I was pretty much getting lost. Thankfully, I saw another mountain biker, and it turns out I was very close to another trailhead by a shooting range, very close to the road.

    At that point in time, I thought that perhaps I should just jump back on the trail, pay extra careful attention to where I was, and ride for another hour until it got dark. Then I came to the conclusion that it would be better to find my car, and then ride the same trail I had started on for another hour, then call it a day. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.

    I thought I knew where I was. In truth, the car was probably only a mile or so away, but I started riding down the wrong road three miles toward the highway. I turned back around (there was some fun hills to ride up and down), and came back to where I thought the car should have been, based on the directions I remembered from getting to the trailhead. Turns out, I was probably less then two tenths of a mile from the car when I turned around again. To make a long story short, I rode for about an HOUR on the road before finally finding the car at about 5:30pm! It was good training though - basically interval training by going up, then down hills.

    At that point, I was utterly exhausted. My lungs really hurt, but the good thing was that earlier in the day on the trails, I felt like I was starting to turn the corner a bit on the cardio, making me feel a bit more like a mountain biker again, and having that "edge", which felt really good!

    About 15 or 20 minutes before finding my car, I saw 3 wild boars cross the road in front of me. I tried to whip my camera out to take photos, but by the time I had my finger on capture button, the boars were out of the road, so I guess that means it didn't happen! LOL As I got closer, two of them bolted, but one looked at me and snorted as I crossed its bath. I was a little nervous it would charge me, like the racoon that charged me on the Wabash trail, but fortunately for me, it wasn't as stupid as the racoon. For more on that story, see the link below. What's up with me and wild animals?

    Have you ever ran over a raccoon on your BIKE?

    Here are some photos from today's ride. It was great!
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    sure glad you didn't hit those boars..I'm thinking they might have done more damage than a raccoon!

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    nice pics.
    If i have cell service i always use an app called G-Park on my iphone to mark where i parked my car if i'm not familiar with where i'm at. Of course sometimes mobile reception is kind of sketchy where trails are located
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    Glad Sedona worked out. You going to ride there again today? Weather should be perfect Today and Thursday. Friday is better to be Phx to avoid the snow.
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    Great photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclechic80 View Post
    great pics!! Makes me want to hop a flight out there to join you! especially on a cold day in Nebraska like today.
    Starting Friday we should have warmer weather for a while. 56 in Omaha on Friday, but rain on the weekend. If things melt I will start commuting to work on my bike again next week. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    Glad Sedona worked out. You going to ride there again today?
    Yep. I may head out early and head to the Phoenix area - I've got a hotel near Mcdowell, so I may head there and ride today, hit South Mountain tomorrow, and then leave a day early since Friday is looking like rain. Or maybe stay in Sedona all day, and hit Mcdowell and South Mountain tomorrow. The big thing is I don't want to hit Phoenix traffic...so it might be best just to stay in Sedona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElDuderino2412 View Post
    nice pics.
    If i have cell service i always use an app called G-Park on my iphone to mark where i parked my car if i'm not familiar with where i'm at. Of course sometimes mobile reception is kind of sketchy where trails are located
    Thanks. Really wish I had a smart phone, but I'm still using a flip phone! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Yep. I may head out early and head to the Phoenix area - I've got a hotel near Mcdowell, so I may head there and ride today, hit South Mountain tomorrow, and then leave a day early since Friday is looking like rain. Or maybe stay in Sedona all day, and hit Mcdowell and South Mountain tomorrow. The big thing is I don't want to hit Phoenix traffic...so it might be best just to stay in Sedona.
    What the cross streets to the hotel? Traffic in Phx will not be bad heading into to town unless you are in morning rush hour. (6am to 9am).

    South Mtn is actully pretty good in the rain since the ground is very rocky. Not much mud overall. The McDowells Mtns can get soft and the tops of the mtns can get clouded in.

    Right now Friday it could rain, but not all long. Probably cloudy and raining at various times during the day, but it rarely will be raining all day long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    South Mtn is actully pretty good in the rain since the ground is very rocky. Not much mud overall. The McDowells Mtns can get soft and the tops of the mtns can get clouded in.

    Right now Friday it could rain, but not all long. Probably cloudy and raining at various times during the day, but it rarely will be raining all day long.
    Looks like an 80% chance of rain on Friday, so not looking good...I probably will ride McDowell tomorrow since I'm close to it, and maybe head to South Mountain afterward, if I can get out of there by 2pm to avoid traffic. Having said that, while I really would like to ride at South Mountain, since I'm a late riser, I'm kind of doubting I'll get there. Two things in life I really don't like: rain and traffic! LOL Honestly, I don't think I'll stay until Friday, as I'll save a day on the rental car and a hotel if I get home a day early. I've spent a boat load of money on the trip! It would be nice to stop someplace on the way back and ride though. Any good riding between Phoenix and Albuquerque?

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    Today for the first time ever on my vacation, I didn't get lost trying to find my way back to the trailhead on my bike! I did, however, get mixed up a little trying to find my way back to the trailhead in my car, but that was only a 10 minute delay. Also couldn't find my hotel in spite of the fact that I drove right past it. I need a GPS!

    The ride today was awesome. I'd say it was the best scenery I've come across on the trip. There were lots of long sections of the trail made of solid rock, which was very cool! I got to the Mescal trailhead at about 1pm, and rode/took photos for about an hour before turning around and coming back. The odd thing was that right at about an hour into the ride, I tanked, although it only took me about half an hour to get back to the trailhead because I wasn't stopping every 200 feet to take photos. It was like I had all of this energy, and then none.

    I also had my first near crash. Well, near bad crash, that is. I was feeling kind of like a girlie man, walking my bike over some of the more difficult stuff, when I decided to go for it. Bad idea. All of the sudden, my bike turned 45 degrees to the right, pointed down hill. My stomach hit the stem, and I had to plant both feet on the ground to try and stay upright. I ended up hitting the top tube (an extra half inch of standover would have been nice), and I think the seat hit me in the rear end, because later at the hotel, I realized my left butt cheek kind of hurt. LOL Also jammed my left thumb a little. After the near crash, I really WAS riding like a girlie man for like 10 minutes, wimping out at almost every obstacle, before getting my edge back.

    There were a lot more people on the trails today, both hikers and bikers. And their dogs. I think I was one of the few people in Sedona not riding a full suspension, and we are talking $2500 to $5000 bikes! (or more) Made me wonder about how hard the ride would have been on a 26er with a Dart fork, so even though some might consider it a lower end fork, I felt fortunate to have the Tower Expert (thank you God).

    After a break for lunch, I headed back to the trailhead, this time taking the Mescal trail to Chuckwagon. In spite of the fact I had just eaten, I had very little energy, so I only rode for about 40 minutes more before calling it a day. I was extremely tired on the drive to Phoenix, but finally got my second wind shortly after arriving at the hotel.

    Sedona is really amazing, and if you can afford to go at some point, I'd really encourage it. There are SO many trails. My guess is that you could probably ride for a week before running out of trails to ride! Here are some photos from the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Looks like an 80% chance of rain on Friday, so not looking good...I probably will ride McDowell tomorrow since I'm close to it, and maybe head to South Mountain afterward, if I can get out of there by 2pm to avoid traffic.
    Weather should be perfect today. Rain expected on Friday staring late Thursday night -11pm. Traffic will start building around 4pm. As you know there will be light until about 6:30pm. Not sure what Friday will bring weather wise. South Mnt could be rideable or it could be too wet. To early to know for sure, but it may stop raining by later in the day Friday. Expected totals are 1/2 inch of rain. So maybe enough dampen the trails, but maybe not enough to make them soupy. It will be cold though with a high of 57.
    As for riding between Phx and Albq... Not after this storm. The reason being is the storm will be dumping snow in mtns to east all the way between Phx and Albq. Sedona is expecting snow on Saturday and same for Flagstaff. I don't advise travel to Flag when it is snowing. They are expecting 5-8" of snow on Friday in Flag and the road may require chains. Saturday looks like snow and rain from Phoenix east through New Mexico.

    You might need to wait till Sunday to get clear roads to drive out.
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    Glad you enjoyed Sedona. You hit it a the perfect time. Right now can be hit or miss up there as you tell by the weekend forecast for snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    When I was going up this hill, I remember thinking that it would probably be fun to ride down, unless, of course, I crashed and came tumbling down the hillside which was almost like a cliff! After I got to the top of the hill, there was a sign that basically read "don't die trying to go down this thing", and I was thinking that carrying or pushing the bike down would be a challenge. So, I'm quite thankful I got lost on the way back! The ride ended with me flying down a gravel road to my car. After being cold, tired, and a little weary, it was a nice way to end the ride!
    Ha! Mr. June Bug and I make this very same mistake at White Mesa in early June last year. We started out on the long knife ridge trail (fun!), then down by the Rio Puerco, and back up through the seep springs. At one point there is an intersection; if you bear left, you go somewhat uphill, then along a two-track along the canyon rim, and back to the parking lot.
    We decided to go right, and ended up at the bottom of a steep uphill chute. There was a well-defined trail to the right, but that dead ends after about a quarter mile.
    We came back and started pushing our bikes up the chute, and pushing and pushing and pushing, then passing them up several short cliffs, then back to pushing. Won't make that mistake again!

    Loved White Mesa Trail, though. I'd like to go back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Here are some photos from yesterday's ride. They are kind of lame, but hopefully, I'll post some better ones in the next couple of days.
    I'll never get tired of seeing a trail winding through the sagebrush & the pinon/junipers!

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    Sorry about the late reply...wanted to finish up this thread, so here goes!

    On Thursday, my day started with 5 rolled tacos with guacamole at Senor Taco in Fountain Hills, AZ, since the hotel I was staying at didn't offer free breakfast. I was actually out of the hotel by 11am, so I was quite proud of myself! I didn't honestly know if the rolled tacos would help me or slow me down, but I think it turned out to be a good decision, since I didn't eat again until after I reached Flagstaff at around 7:30 pm, where I had MORE Mexican food for dinner! That meal would hold me off until about 2am, an hour before my last stop of the night. But lets get back to riding!

    I arrived at McDowell Mountain Park at about noon, and rode the Pemberton Trail. I was amazed at the contrast from Sedona. After getting beaten up for four days with all of the rocks and relatively high altitudes, Pemberton was a nice contrast with very smooth sand and hardly any rocks, not to mention a much lower altitude. On the one hand, I wondered if I should have started in Phoenix at the lower altitudes and worked my way up, but on the other hand, the smooth trail and much less pain in my lungs was kind of a reward for working so hard the previous 4 days. I didn't have to stop and catch my breath, which was nice.

    The weather was pretty nice as well, although I did notice that my arms quickly felt the heat at 77 degrees. I wondered what it would be like in the summer...I can't imagine people riding in 110 degree weather! In the general vicinity, I also saw a lot of roadies riding the roads around McDowell. Seemed like a good place to road bike with the smooth roads and nice bike lanes.

    I wanted to do the whole Pemberton trail loup, but I also wanted to get to and leave South Mountain before traffic started to get busy, so after about 40 minutes, I turned around and headed back to the car. The ride back was much quicker, as I was able to fly through the trails and get back in 20 minutes! Not to say the previous 4 days weren't fun, but this was a great way to close out my week, speeding through the trails, rather than huffing and puffing and pushing my bike.

    I got back to the car at about 1pm, thinking I could be at South Mountain by 2pm. After a brief stop, I headed for the road once again, regretting the fact that I couldn't stay there longer. In the spirit of my trip, I ended up at the wrong entrance to South Mountain, and after talking to one of the workers that was familiar with the area, I got back in my car and headed to the other side of the mountain.

    By the time I had my bike unpacked and was ready to go (yes, I'm slightly unorganized), I was riding the Desert Classic trail by 3pm. So much for the smooth finish. Like Sedona, this trail had lots of rocks, but also smooth sections and some fun twists and turns. Again, I wanted to ride the whole loup, but after about 35 minutes, I turned around at the road, which was kind of a mini meeting place for other bikers.

    Like Sedona, there were times I had to push my bike, and I did start breathing a little hard from time to time, but I was able to recover much quicker, and was in the saddle most of the time. Toward the end of the ride, I started to tire out and was really anxious to hit the road. At 4:10 pm, I arrived back at the car, and like that, my mountain bike vacation was over.

    I did get stuck in traffic, but it wasn't that bad. There was some stop and go traffic going through Phoenix, but thankfully, I wasn't delayed that long. After a stop in Flagstaff, I ended up driving until 3am, staying the night in Tucumcari, NM, arriving in Omaha at about 11pm the next day.

    On the one hand, I was kind of kicking myself for being so unorganized during the week, getting started so late on most days, not to mention getting lost. On the other hand, being so out of shape, riding really took its toll on my body, so outside of the last day of riding, I rode about the right amount for what my body could handle.

    The worst part was the pain I had in my palms, which was pretty much the whole time I was riding, which got worse throughout the week, and hurt even when I was driving. Thankfully, the Serfas RX grips I purchased (which I highly recommend) prevented my hands from going numb until the last day of the ride, and even though I had pain, they made the riding more tolerable, since I normally would have started to go numb within 15 minutes of starting my rides. If you are interested, here are the grips:

    Amazon.com: Serfas RX Grip, Black/Grey: Sports & Outdoors

    I plan to take a weekend trip to Colorado this summer, and I will be in much better shape than I was in Arizona and New Mexico. I will most likely have a girl with me, so that means no late starts as she will keep me in line! This time, I will have the routes to the bike trails printed out before I leave for the trip, rather than frantically scribbling down directions from the hotel, not really understanding where the heck I was going.

    Having said all of that, it was a great trip, and I was able to kill a lot of time that I might have felt a bit lonely by writing about my trip and resizing and posting the photos. So, a big thank you to all who took the time to read this and make comments - it means a lot and I hope to read about YOUR future biking trips!

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    Thanks for posting. Has made me ready to go to Utah and Colorado this fall.
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    Glad you made it out before the snow hit. Friday was a wash out in Phx and there was snow in Flagstaff all weekend. Sunday the trails where good again.
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