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    Mormon/National off the bucket list.

    I mostly ride in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Yesterday I left my comfort zone and headed over for my first trip up Mormon and down National. I like riding in the heat. Rode all summer at 6:00 PM. But the heat got to me yesterday. I had no goals other than to enjoy the day.

    Buddy and I headed up the fire road and then up Mormon. I stopped anytime I noticed a shady spot. Which was good as I did not blow up. Made a few little steps which most likely would not have if gasping for air. The big climb on Mormon with a few breaks was not that bad. We made the Mormon/National intersection and started up National. Would have liked to have made the waterfall. But as I got to the first big rock the heat was working the old fat guy. Turned around for the decent.

    Coming down National for the first time was a blast. I believe I walked the triangle, one rock drop, one drop in a chute and the last section at the end. Two of these sections I think I could have ridden with better entry points and trail knowledge. Really the only WOW moment was a left hand sweeper about 3/4 of the way down with 3 or 4 drops. Last drop I was in a bad angle and bounced off the wall but rode it out.

    Overall my first round on Mormon and National was enjoyable and came away with a big smile. Steve, thanks for setting the pace and "not" telling me this is a tricky spot.



    PS: Supposed to be 85 and cloudy next week dunerinaz.
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    Awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KavuRider View Post
    Awesome.
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    Nice work Tim!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Steve, thanks for setting the pace and "not" telling me this is a tricky spot.
    Like I told you, if I had warned you every time a drop was coming, you would've stopped, looked at it, and probably walked it. I knew if you kept going, you'd ride more and have more fun. Nice job yesterday
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    Nice Tim!

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    Thanks gents.

    Steve the vid you just sent. The sweeper sure looked different when I was bouncing off the wall. Plus the cutie with the half shirt was much nicer of a reward! Compared to looking at your ugly a$$ at the end of the ride.
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    stoke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunerinaz View Post
    Like I told you, if I had warned you every time a drop was coming, you would've stopped, looked at it, and probably walked it. I knew if you kept going, you'd ride more and have more fun. Nice job yesterday
    QfT! It won't take but a couple trips down National until you are riding the whole thing. You might start doing it all a little slower, which is harder, but you'll get it all soon

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    Whoo hoooo!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    QfT! It won't take but a couple trips down National until you are riding the whole thing. You might start doing it all a little slower, which is harder, but you'll get it all soon
    Not sure I can get much slower and still call it riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Whoo hoooo!!
    Thanks ladies and gents.

    Your back yard is no so bad.
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    Nice job Big Guy! Your progression over the past year has been amazing! Keep on turning the cranks and all is good
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    Quote Originally Posted by titusbro View Post
    Nice job Big Guy! Your progression over the past year has been amazing! Keep on turning the cranks and all is good
    Thank you my friend.

    PS: Geronimo next shuttle boy?
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    Nice!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Thank you my friend.

    PS: Geronimo next shuttle boy?
    I'm sure shuttling will be on the agenda pretty soon, huh Pat...........?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Plus the cutie with the half shirt was much nicer of a reward! Compared to looking at your ugly a$$ at the end of the ride.
    I really don't have any argument for that
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunerinaz View Post
    I'm sure shuttling will be on the agenda pretty soon, huh Pat...........?
    All in good time...
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    Yeeeeaaaaahhhhh buddy!

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    I think it's time for the official "Old and Slow Shuttle" thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmarkos View Post
    I think it's time for the official "Old and Slow Shuttle" thread.
    Sweet a shuttle dedicated to me! Well just for the Second part......
    Last edited by doodooboi; 10-24-2011 at 10:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmarkos View Post
    I think it's time for the official "Old and Slow Shuttle" thread.
    If I can walk down Private Reserve in Flag. Surely I can walk down SOMO.

    DDB, you young punk kid!
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    Awesome job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    If I can walk down Private Reserve in Flag. Surely I can walk down SOMO.

    DDB, you young punk kid!
    opps got blonde there for a sec. But I fixed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodooboi View Post
    opps got blonde there for a sec. But I fixed it.
    I would have to get me one of those DH'er bikes. Kmart or Walmart my best option?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    I would have to get me one of those DH'er bikes. Kmart or Walmart my best option?
    Go all out and get it from Target!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodooboi View Post
    Go all out and get it from Target!
    Not sure I can afford Target. I will take your advice and at least step it up one notch. Airpark Bikes here I come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doodooboi View Post
    Sweet a shuttle dedicated to me! Well just for the Second part......
    and the first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azdog View Post
    and the first.
    Whoa there little buddy, aren't you older than me? hahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodooboi View Post
    Whoa there little buddy, aren't you older than me? hahaha
    At the pace you two are going. You will be lucky to ride as well as I do when you reach my age.
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    About time!!!!! Nice work!.........Drew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grave9 View Post
    About time!!!!! Nice work!.........Drew
    I was trying to keep my bike pretty.
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    Round 2.


    Mormon up - National down Round 2.
    Dang if the heat did not get me again. The climb up is a challenge for me. Missed a step or 2 I made last time as I felt I had no legs. Coming down National, seemed to do better overall and picked better lines. Great day on the bike!
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    cool map! Never seen the trail like that before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmarkos View Post
    cool map! Never seen the trail like that before.
    It's an export from Topofusion and than Auto the levels in PS.

    Also took a pic of the mean machine after cleaning her up tonight. Jibro should be proud of me! This is like 3 times this month I hit it with Simple Green.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    =Best bike I have ever ridden. Now I just need to step up and use it to it full potential.
    You're tellin' me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunerinaz View Post
    You're tellin' me.
    Was I talking to you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Was I talking to you?
    I don't know. I didn't see any names listed.

    Nice job today! So close to riding everything on the way down. Soon, very soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunerinaz View Post
    I don't know. I didn't see any names listed.

    Nice job today! So close to riding everything on the way down. Soon, very soon!
    I'll get there. Botton line is I enjoyed today's ride. Even with the "sun" getting to me.
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