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    Weekend ride report: Mr Toads wild ride, Lake Tahoe

    This weekend my wife and I headed up to Tahoe for some trail riding with KidWoo and friends.
    The trail: Mr Toads Wild Ride
    The weather: Iffy to say the least.
    A storm the night before left a few inches of snow at higher elevations, including the top of our destination.
    The temps were in the low 40s, with mixed sun, cloud cover, and light rain.
    A group of six of us gathered at the trailhead and pedaled up into the granite and pines.
    Before long we started to see snow along the trailside, and soon enough it became a snow ride. Everyone ad a great time trying to make it up the rocks and ledges in the snow. As long as you kept moving it wasnít very cold.
    When we reached the top and regrouped Woo warned us about the trail ahead. He mentioned that the steep boulder sections coming up were tech when dry, and could be dangerous when covered in snow and ice.
    We dropped in at the top and had a blast trying to ride these milder rock gardens that were mostly hidden by the snow. It was like mud riding only more unpredictable, everyone was laughing and occasionally falling down in the snow.
    When we reached the steep section most of us walked a couple of the nasty sections, but Woo and Jed were trying to outdo each other, both of them nailed some seriously sketchy lines refusing to walk anything.
    Not too much farther down the trail the snow went away and speeds increased. Everyone was enjoying the tacky dirt, the conditions were unbelievable. There were rocky sections, little drop offs to launch, and lots of sweet corners.
    The last section of the trail was all snaking singletrack with tons of burmed corners. This section of trail could have gone on forever, it was so much fun. With the perfect traction and burmed corners you needed no brakes, just more speed.
    When we regrouped at the bottom everyone was grinning and laughing, talking about near misses and how much fun it had been.
    My wife was going on about how much she loves her new RFX, saying she felt right at home on it from the first pedal stroke. I have to say she was on fire, I was riding behind her and she wasnít slowing me down. She hit some of the lower corners so hard and fast that it made me nervous, not wanting to find her wrapped around a tree. She pulled it off though, she was sideways more than once but she kept it upright. In one section of tight consecutive corners she was backing it into the corners like a pro, I was so proud.
    The trip was lots of fun, and we really enjoyed riding with Jed and his wife Sarah, Woo, and Jerry.
    We have talked about riding this trail for years, canít believe it took this long to do it.
    So I took some photos for everyone to enjoy, some scenery on the way to the trail as well as trailside. A few semi blurry action photos (sorry), and random group shots.
    A great time was had by all.
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    Trail shots;
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    Some riding photos;
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    Fun in the snow;

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    And some more
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    Sure looks like fun.

    The guy with the Enduro looks like he's supporting a scaffholding
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    Snow and shorts? Does not compute.

    Nice stoke! looks like a helluva place to ride under any conditions.
    Faster is better, even when it's not.

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    Fun in the snow, take two....
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    Glad I was not there. That looks cold and a bit dangerous. Time to head south.

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    Just how Family-friendly is Tahoe so as to justify a bike trip over there?

    Cause, man, every time there are pics of this place and regardless of the season, I am in awe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Punta Lobos
    Glad I was not there. That looks cold and a bit dangerous. Time to head south.
    Its all in your attitude, a great time was had by all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bling
    Just how Family-friendly is Tahoe so as to justify a bike trip over there?

    Cause, man, every time there are pics of this place and regardless of the season, I am in awe.
    Very family friendly, it is a vacation destination and all...
    If you go, you won't be disappointed.

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    Shorts! That's what we've been doing wrong all these winters of snow riding- wearing long pants! *slaps forehead*

    Looks kinda sketchy, but fun.
    My video techniques can be found in this thread.

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    HAHaha now THAT is lookin like fun!
    Snow is super fun to ride in...a nice leveling field for all. I don't know anyone who can ride in snow without falling over a couple times. At least without spicked tires (TS)

    Nice pics, thatnks!

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    Wow.... to be able to bag Toad's this late in the year is mui fortuitous..... To able to bag Toad's any time of the year is, like you said, just too much fun.

    Those boulder chutes are sketchy enough in the summer covered with loose dust and dirt... I imagine they're nigh unto ridiculous when covered in snow and ice.




    KRob-----------------------> placing another vote for a Tahoe/Downieville THC[SIZE="1"]..if he had one[/SIZE].
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    Cool

    That looks like you had fun.
    Shorts and snow
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    damn soul, how fockin cool! i fell in love with snow rides when i moved outta the desert into the midwest. lookin fwd to a good season of rides and skiin.... i hope.
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    Damn that is awesome. Some of the best shots of toads ever and some crazy trail conditions! You guys kicked some ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    Shorts! That's what we've been doing wrong all these winters of snow riding- wearing long pants! *slaps forehead*

    Looks kinda sketchy, but fun.
    It's no problem if you just keep moving.


    On the other hand I rode well in the negatives last year and it turned out to be a bad idea. We weren't prepared for artic temps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bling
    Sure looks like fun.

    The guy with the Enduro looks like he's supporting a scaffholding

    I'm like jesus.

    I bear the weight of the world on my shoulders.





    [SIZE="1"]what does supporting a scaffolding mean?[/SIZE]
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    Cool shots and looks like a lot of fun J.

    I need a DH jersey, very cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Punta Lobos
    Glad I was not there.





    I'm sure the feeling is mutual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    Shorts! That's what we've been doing wrong all these winters of snow riding- wearing long pants! *slaps forehead*

    Even in winter, it's still california.


    dammit!


    We held a ballot measure to decide on legwear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boone
    I don't know anyone who can ride in snow without falling over a couple times.
    Oh yeah, that's why we wear pants.
    My video techniques can be found in this thread.

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    How did the 55 perform?

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