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    Dropped some acid at Ord today

    These days when it calls for rain I head for Ft. Ord, which holds up really well. When I saw the snow covered hills of Toro Park I knew it was going to be cool. So I broke out the Gortex. With the temperature ranging between 39 - 42 degrees for most of the ride, and rain for about 5 1/2 out of six hours, it was indeed a cold and wet day. Many of the climbs were slick, slippery, and slow going (or unrideable), and some of the dirt fire roads were like freshly poured concrete. And I'm still recovering from that cold I had all week. So I decided to just relax and do some serious LSD (long slow distance), as we called it in the early days of the running boom. The goal is to just be on the trail at an aerobic pace for a long time, and not worry about the mileage. This type of riding builds the heart and lungs, mitochondria, capillaries for carrying oxygen to the muscles, and it helps burn fat.

    I started from Creekside Terrace: 31 to 75, Red Rock Ridge, 43, down the Goat Trail, out to 47, down to the west end of 50, up Pilarcitos Ridge Rd., down 82 for the first time (which was nice), up 71, 49, 43, down the Goat Trail again, and back via 72 and 31. Lookout Ridge Trail from near the race track to Trail 50 was especially freshly poured concrete like. But I brought a water bottle and washed the front derailleur and re-lubed the chain at the top of 50. On the second ride down the Goat Trail my front tire sunk into some deep mud coming off a steep descent, but I miraculously turned a certain endo into just a fall to the side. After that I slowed down a bit. About the time I hit the parking lot the rain and wind really picked up and I got off the trail just in time. If you want trail names and numbers pull up my ride in Google Earth and also open this Google Earth file, which contains them.


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    Great to see you out again.

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    Unrideable

    I love to ride but this last storm put some serious water on the trails even for well draining Ord. Trails that become unrideable should maybe stay unrideable due to the damage we can leave behind. We could all give the trails a break after heavy rains and have less trail work to fix later. Hiking is a great workout if we really need to be out there with much less impact.

    p.s. Toro County Park is closed to bicycles and horses until it drys out a little.

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    Can't hike

    Quote Originally Posted by Sworksrider
    Hiking is a great workout if we really need to be out there with much less impact. Trails that become unrideable should maybe stay unrideable..
    I can not hike. And unrideable is a function of my skills. Closing all trails unrideable by me won't leave many for the rest of you to ride.
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    ...developing mitochondria...yeah, that's what I'm doing.

    Nice to see you back.
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    Went for the predawn patrol this morning. Trails are in pretty good shape... Just a few that should be avoided.

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    i'll bet the 8th & giggling side and e. garrison is in better shape than the creekside-side.
    I'm going to go down and check out.
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    just got back from giggling and it was a great ride! some wet spots but definitely ride-able.

    Ran into a few riders, one...Ed from prunetucky and his friend going up 50 to Barloy Canyon Rd. Stopped and exchanged greetings and rolled on.
    The other group was five I think. A couple of guys and three gals. They were having a good time. We met at the top of 49 where the rock vista is on Lookout ridge Rd. went up the road to lookout ridge and down the rutted road (this was a little slick) to trail 50. Down 50 was packed and fast back to the paved road. crossed and climbed back up 50 to Barloy Canyon Rd. Up 61 (re-route around that ridge drop to the top of 50) and back up the ridge trail to Henneken's Ranch Rd to 17. right on 17 to 20 (this was a little wet in spots) back to E. Garrison and back on the low side to Giggling Rd.

    Oh....forgot. I got a loop off Henneken's Ranch on to 59 Blair Witch before going back over to Garrison( this was primo singletrack with tight twisty turns grinning era to ear!) with a left @ the bottom on to 69 and left again onto 68 and climbed up to the ridge view over Marina Airport and Salinas Valley. Ran into a solo rider here named Dan from Seaside and chatted till the wind ran us off! little chilly. down 68 (just a little greasy starting at the top, going down 68 as a couple horses had just gone through here.) back to Henneken Ranch Rd.

    The poison oak is beginning to bud and looks real sticky!

    No Garmin stat's or anything, but generally a 2:45 ride with a few short breaks thrown in. I would guess 22-25 miles!

    Nice day today out @ Fort Ord!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sworksrider
    Trails that become unrideable should maybe stay unrideable due to the damage we can leave behind.
    I'm with SWorksrider on this one. Lame brains who don't give a crap about the damage they leave behind remind me of rookie riders who ride their rear brake all the way down a hill.

    (Sorry, I'm in a bad mood today.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnmasher
    I'm with SWorksrider on this one. Lame brains who don't give a crap about the damage they leave behind remind me of rookie riders who ride their rear brake all the way down a hill.

    (Sorry, I'm in a bad mood today.)
    That is because you were being responsible and sensible and did not get a ride in this weekend.

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    Interesting

    Interesting how people who did not see the trail conditions are such experts on them. The only "trail" I would not recommend riding is Lookout Ridge, that huge superhighway/parking lot between the racetrack and Trail 50. However, it obviously recovers quite well because just a few weeks ago it was "destroyed" by horses. Trails 50, 49 and several others are in better shape than I've seen them all winter. Unrideable due to poor skills is different than unrideable due to conditions. E.g., I've only made the big climb on 47 twice in six years, and only when dry. This time I could not make it wet. But the trail was fine.
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    Not a Expert But....

    Check Out Thread : A little unhappy to see so many riding sloppy trails,
    Some good points and bad...
    40 years Fort Ord has been my back yard and much has changed. A lot of people use Ord for recreation and with that much traffic it does cause damage to the area in very wet conditions. I am a avid rider/commuter and can find other ways to be on my bikes then riding on muddy trails. Yes someone will have to go out and fix the trails after riders, horses, events and even BLM trucks use the trails during soggy conditions. Thank You Trail Crew
    Give the trails a break in the rain, the less work the more time we have to enjoy.

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    I'm hearbroken-

    Myself, and about a dozen other people have been working on a trail that was marked CLOSED for just that reason, too wet, too much mud.. And where we are working is STEEP, riding there in the wet is so lame... All I can say is that when some guys, that can't even ride, come skidding down the section that has just been repaired, on a closed trail, right passed me.. my heart breaks, and hell no I'm not saying Hi, I'm saying go back to the Ord-

    But, I'm over it, I have too much work to do.. Three strait days of digging, and I have to go back today and tomorrow before the next storm comes-

    Fact is, people are going to do whatever the heck they want, and though there are the few do-gooders that know better than to ride in the wet, after years and years of riding, and knowing.. you just can't stop the "I'm a badass, I can ride my bike in the mud!" attitude.On the other hand, I personally paid a TON of money for each of my bikes because I don't ride crap, and can't stand having Fort Ord sand in my drivertrain.

    No matter how hard you shred, rip, destroy or dominate Fort Ord.. Just remember..


    The view from 1800' makes Ord look like the litter box it truly is-

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    Just got back from a cold commute "on the road"

    A cold one sounds good ,it been awhile..working way to much.

    Pipe Line is Amazing !!!! Great work all

    Thanks

    Richard

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    Hilarious-

    I am so glad to see people unhappy about riding the mud.. I'm really glad you got to see what I am talking about too my friend.. even though I have no idea where or what this fabled pipeline trail is.. I don't recommend anyone rides to look for it either-

    Apparently, Fort Ord is Epic anyway, especially 8th and Gig..

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion
    I am so glad to see people unhappy about riding the mud.. I'm really glad you got to see what I am talking about too my friend.. even though I have no idea where or what this fabled pipeline trail is.. I don't recommend anyone rides to look for it either-

    Apparently, Fort Ord is Epic anyway, especially 8th and Gig..
    I rode the ord on Sunday.... was doing no footed can can's over the water bars and trail closed signs... kicking old ladies over into puddles... fake ball throwing at all the dogs i saw, then laughing at how stupid they were chasing nothing.... oh and that tiger salamander makes for great traction in the corners... pee'd in the creek by Creekside... EPIC day... I'm a renegade... everyone hates me...

    F yah.

    ?? ord was great, puddle here and there, rode fantastic.... you people way overdo this ...

    Toro sucks, to hilly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quicklaps
    I rode the ord on Sunday.... was doing no footed can can's over the water bars and trail closed signs... kicking old ladies over into puddles... fake ball throwing at all the dogs i saw, then laughing at how stupid they were chasing nothing.... oh and that tiger salamander makes for great traction in the corners... pee'd in the creek by Creekside... EPIC day... I'm a renegade... everyone hates me...

    F yah.

    ?? ord was great, puddle here and there, rode fantastic.... you people way overdo this ...

    Toro sucks, to hilly...
    Sh*t.. This is MTBR.. would it be any other way, than way overdo(ed)?


    Ha Ha. Damn fake ball thrower! What's the matter with you!?



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