My riding for the year 2013 turned out to be pretty good. During the academic year I managed to do one long ride each Saturday and a shorter local ride every Tuesday afternoon. During the Summer I did a lot of Tahoe riding, my favorite place, plus some out of town trips. Unfortunately, most of the people I used to ride with no longer rode with me. So I did mostly solo rides, or I occasionally found someone to accompany me by posting on mtbr. My impressions of the rides, photos and GPS stats are on my biking site.
I had some surgery in January so I missed a few rides and had to do shorter local rides while recovering. Mostly Auburn CA, below.
February I returned to do what I had always considered the toughest ride I'd ever done, Palm Springs, CA. I've obviously gotten better because I found the ride too short and almost too easy.
March Mendobikesprite led me on a great ride through the Redwoods and along the coast of Northern CA, near Mendocino.<br>
During March I also got to Arizona and did the Black Canyon Trail, which had the best wildflower displays I've ever seen while biking.
April I finally got to do the Arizona Trail, Picketpost to Kelvin ride. I rode solo into some of the most remote and foreboding territory I've ever seen. I questioned my sanity on this one at times.
In May, due to really low precipitation this year, I got into the high country at Tahoe earlier than ever.
I retired on June 4th and happened to be able to do my favorite Tahoe ride that day. I got in a lot of Tahoe rides that month.
Me, on my first day of retirement.
July was mostly Tahoe riding all month.
August I got up to Oregon for two rides, North Umpqua Trail and Oakridge.
September was mostly Tahoe and I did some really big solo Tahoe rides.
At the end of October I closed out the Tahoe riding season the day before the first snowstorm with my favorite ride, Mt. Rose down Van Sickle.
November, back to local riding, mostly in Auburn, CA. I did a big all day ride on Thanksgiving, a rare third ride in one week, and almost ran out of daylight.
First rain of the season in December sent me to Fort Ord, home of Sea Otter, because it drains very well. Didn't rain there anyway.
As soon as the semester ended I headed back to Arizona for Picketpost to Kelvin and the Black Canyon Trail. The latter was the last day of the year and one of my best rides ever!
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