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    First time video

    Indulge me: for a recent mountain biking road trip to southern Arizona I rigged my cheap Sony camera with video capability to my helmet with a bunch of zip ties. Considering the equipment, it turned out pretty good. Anyway, here's my first attempt at video shooting and editing. The trail is called Elephant Head in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson:

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    Nice work. Potty mouths.

    When I lived in Tucson I always thought of E-Head as slow, hot death. What else did you ride while there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Nice work. Potty mouths.

    When I lived in Tucson I always thought of E-Head as slow, hot death. What else did you ride while there?
    One day we drove further south and rode a loop on Cobre Ridge near the border. We also rode a bunch of stuff around Kentucky Camp on the other side of the Santa Ritas. Other than that we were down there for the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo and missed a day of riding hunkered down during the rain and snow on Friday before the race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snake Muesl
    One day we drove further south and rode a loop on Cobre Ridge near the border. We also rode a bunch of stuff around Kentucky Camp on the other side of the Santa Ritas. Other than that we were down there for the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo and missed a day of riding hunkered down during the rain and snow on Friday before the race.
    I never rode on Cobre Ridge (didn't even know about it) but I love the Kentucky Camp area. That's one trail I'd like to ride again.

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    Mighty fine camera work.

    & riding, too.

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    The video makes me miss the desert, especially when it's wet and grey out here. I grew up down there but don't miss the summers. I am hoping to get down that way this spring also. Im trying to work out a scheme to visit family while disguising the biking aspect with the wife.
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    I miss it too, I learned to mountain bike down in Tucson. First time I road Elephant head I was hating life, sooo hot...Ahh Kentucky Camp, I'd kill for that right now

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    The last time I rode E-Head I got spooked by a rattler, ran out of water, then got a flat 3 miles from the car. Of course it was around 100F, so I thought, "This is the big one!"

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    I use to get up at 4am in the summer and ride until about 10am at the latest, you know when it hit about 95. Then I would go home, shower, eat, and go back to bed for a couple of hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrogeek
    I use to get up at 4am in the summer and ride until about 10am at the latest, you know when it hit about 95. Then I would go home, shower, eat, and go back to bed for a couple of hours.
    The funny thing that at 5am the trailheads were packed with cars, but by 7am they were nearly empty.

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    Thanks for the Perspective

    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    The funny thing that at 5am the trailheads were packed with cars, but by 7am they were nearly empty.
    Though it was mild during our visit, the one day we felt heat-oppressed was that day on Elephant Head. We were camping and on "vacation time" so we were hitting the trail closer to noon than day-break.

    I've only been down to the Tucson area 3 times, each in February. This was the first time I got to see more than The Old Pueblo area.
    I definitely have a firm idea of where I want to spend more time on the next trip. The east side of the Santa Ritas was pretty cool.

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    Try Milagrosa next time your down that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amtbr
    Try Milagrosa next time your down that way.
    That was on the docket for Friday, but then the weather moved in.

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    Ahhhhhh. Milagrosa one of my favorites. We also road some stuff north of town, I think it was called the 50 year or 100 year network, close in it was smooth and fast, then when we got further out it got more technical.

    So far Tucson is my 2nd favorite place to ride, a close 2nd to Oakridge.

    The video is pretty cool as well.
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    50 year trail...yeah theres some pretty good stuff out there. It was my first exposure to 'open pasture' cattle. Nothing like running into a mammoth beast just sitting next to the trail.

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    Give St George area a go

    Quote Originally Posted by General Coonskins
    Ahhhhhh. Milagrosa one of my favorites. We also road some stuff north of town, I think it was called the 50 year or 100 year network, close in it was smooth and fast, then when we got further out it got more technical.

    So far Tucson is my 2nd favorite place to ride, a close 2nd to Oakridge.

    The video is pretty cool as well.
    It BLOWS Oakridge away! No comparison! The video is very cool....the warm sun looks nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    It BLOWS Oakridge away! No comparison! The video is very cool....the warm sun looks nice.

    Jaybo
    That's a tough call, both are good/exceptional!

    I'll take the challenging, diverse, accessible, year-round riding out of St. George in SW Utah from Nov-April and the smooth, lush, primo, never-ending ST descents of the trails out of Oakridge/Willamette NF from May to Oct if I could have my way. That would make me eternally happy, if I only could talk the wife into it and/or was independently wealthy, which is slim to none. So, I will to have to accept my brief visitiations to these places and count my blessings to be able to ride at those places every once in a while instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta
    That's a tough call, both are good/exceptional!

    I'll take the challenging, diverse, accessible, year-round riding out of St. George in SW Utah from Nov-April and the smooth, lush, primo, never-ending ST descents of the trails out of Oakridge/Willamette NF from May to Oct if I could have my way. That would make me eternally happy, if I only could talk the wife into it and/or was independently wealthy, which is slim to none. So, I will to have to accept my brief visitiations to these places and count my blessings to be able to ride at those places every once in a while instead.

    JG
    I agree that switching between the two would be awesome! I just love the Goose and Hurricane/Jem. AWESOME! If it was 80 in both places, I would rather ride Utah any day of the week. I would just travel into the high lands in the summer in Utah.

    Jaybo

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    We had our eyes on Moab up to the week before we left. Weather was too ify for Moab, so we headed south. I was pushing for St George/Gooseberry, but was overruled in favor of Moab.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE MID-WINTER ESCAPE TO THE SONORAN DESERT.

    Edited because of tequila.
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    FYI, this is what happened to Rich's tube:

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    Nice stuff C. I like the FZ soundtrack too.

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