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    Damned.






    There's this place to our west, completely unpopulated, infrequently visited, and visually stunning--in a truly visceral way. *













    The landscape is utterly unlike anywhere I've ever visited or even heard of.






    For various reasons involving winter snow, summer heat and deep-in-fall sand, we typically reserve trips there for spring--after the snow but before the heat.






    With near-record rainfall this autumn, I figured the sand would have been rendered less of an issue. *






    Plus I just really wanted a fix--I can never, ever get enough of this place.






    The riding is brutally difficult no matter who you are. *The more you want to ride instead of push/pull/drag your bike, the more energy you will expend. *Sometimes exponentially more--because traction is often perfect, allowing you to get up anything. *Well, provided your legs, desire, and skill combine just-so.






























    In ~15+ trips to ride this area, I've had two devastatingly bad days. *Gravity squall kind of days--the kind where your brain is screaming out for you to extract yourself at the first opportunity, before you cut your own head off with a tire lever while fixing yet another flat. *


















    Curiously, there are 3 opportunities to escape the route, each marked with a can't-miss, painted-on-rock "ESCAPE" and an arrow showing the way. *It has always been at the forefront of my mind that the trail builders (trailpainters?) refer to these as escapes and not shortcuts or easy outs. *The main difference being that the former is needed while the latter is usually just wanted.


    The other 13 days out there have been ones to mark down for remembrance in old age. *The kind that can brighten your day many years hence at the mere thought.










    My interest was piqued by the near-biblical rains that had deluged this area in preceding weeks and days. *Because the route is entirely rock or sand, an excess of moisture scrubs errant traction-robbing grains from the rock surface and deposits them in the washes. *So not only is the traction on rock at it's absolute maximum, but the moisture in the washes allows you to ride where in drier times you're foot slogging more than ankle deep.














    And it was just like that--clean rock and packed washes--as we started out. *Then, not more than 5 minutes into the ride, we were passed by 5 grinning guys on moto's, whom proceeded to lay waste to every inch of every wash we had to traverse. *They were so exuberant as they passed--yelling "what a crazy*offing*trail!" and "what the hell is this place?!"--that I couldn't fault them for what they did to the sand. *I was once a throttle jockey too and in similar situations would often just turn the bars to lock, rip my right wrist back and dump the clutch, spraying sand while spinning in circles and digging myself into place. *I'd stop when I judged it'd take more than my ownself to extract my bike from the hole I'd dug. *At least these guys were largely keeping it straight.












    Still, we were damned to walk every inch of every wash throughout the day. *A good opportunity to look around, we told ourselves, since when on rock your focus cannot waver for an instant.












    Thus were we damned to enjoy some of the most unbelievable scenery and challenging riding we've ever done.



















    Currently hoping that the weather holds awhile longer so that we can get back out there once more this year. *Or maybe twice…


    Thanks for checkin' in.
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    And what would this place be called?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixgeardan View Post
    And what would this place be called?
    Heaven!

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    I wondered if that's where some of the photos from the new Lenz thread were taken. Still definitely on my list of places to explore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixgeardan View Post
    And what would this place be called?
    "The place you were s'posed to be riding with me next weekend".

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    Thanks Mikesee....love your posts...you ride in some amazing places

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    Ya I thought so. Looks like a blast on the rigid ss Jones that I was going to bring! Maybe next time .

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    Just beautiful.

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    Damned.

    Quote Originally Posted by fixgeardan View Post
    Ya I thought so. Looks like a blast on the rigid ss Jones that I was going to bring! Maybe next time .
    Not too late.

    Anticipation growing. Legs will be laid waste I think.
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    very impressive, thank you for the motivation.....
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    I spoke with a local who keyed me in on this place.

    It took each of us ~7 minutes of conversation before we realized the other was speaking of a different type of intended method of travel...

    "wait, you mean you're gonna *pedal* a bike there?" "wait, you mean you ride a moto there?"

    funny moment...never did make it out there....

    yet.

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    never seen anything like this...amazing. tkx

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    Thanks Mikesee.....
    You gotta Get Up to Get Down!

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    Thanks for sharing Man, you always come correct with beautiful pics!

    Very impressive riding btw

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixgeardan View Post
    Ya I thought so. Looks like a blast on the rigid ss Jones that I was going to bring! Maybe next time .
    You need to come show me the error of my thinking, because IMO a rigid SS is quite possibly the worst bike imaginable out there. Well, maybe fixed/fat would be worse...

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    Damned.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    You need to come show me the error of my thinking, because IMO a rigid SS is quite possibly the worst bike imaginable out there. Well, maybe fixed/fat would be worse...
    Doesn't have to be the most competent bike to be fun...but you knew that.
    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    Doesn't have to be the most competent bike to be fun...but you knew that.
    I'll be curious to hear your take on it once you've been there. I've ridden a 3" travel geared bike out there and hated it. Hated. But then I was and am pretty soft...

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    Damned.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I'll be curious to hear your take on it once you've been there. I've ridden a 3" travel geared bike out there and hated it. Hated. But then I was and am pretty soft...
    The climbs look steep, relentless and repeated. So does the chunk. So does the sand. Good times all around.

    PS Dan only rode fixed off road for seven years of his life so his sense of fun may be a little warped
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    Boy that place looks just to cool, very fun and painful , I gotta ride that place !

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    I was just kidding guys! That place makes the dells look like nothing. Maybe next trip will
    can be somthing fast and flowy up in tree covered mountains. And me being a little warped,Oh ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/M9KgcMKeDpH3BJUMjgECa5BwdAAQH5ysi3U6JKwTWgQ?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img height="455" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--rjBP6h5PrU/UnPuSyDoJGI/AAAAAAAAlxA/ohqlemTYXcg/s800/IMG_1180.jpg" width="800" /></a><br />
    Thanks for the desert stoke pics... Heading to Sedona for a 3 week trip mid-Dec. Can't wait to get back to the desert...
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    Crazy good pics of a crazy good place. Arguably the only trail I know of that rides better in the up direction. Gotta get back, before the years pass me by!
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