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    Saturday October 24 Henry Coe Fall Circus (HCFC)

    Even without BigLarry around, we should have a HCFC before it starts raining too much. I propose Saturday October 24 at Hunting Hollow on Gilroy Hotsprings Road (NOT at Coe head quarters!).
    A ride (9am) includes China Hole, Middle Ridge, Lost Spring, Cross-Canyon, Kelly Cabin Canyon, Domino Pond, Grapevine and Anza trails.
    B ride (9:30am) see Dan's reply for route. Ride leaders: Dan and Charlie.
    C/D ride (10am) takes Coit Road and Wasno Road to Tule Pond. Back via Grizzly Gulch with Big Larry (D ride) or Serpentine/Middle Steer Ridge. Ride leader: Mike

    Everybody back at HH parking lot between 3 and 4pm for the barbeque and recovery drinks.

    Note: bring $6 for HH parking. Let's keep our State Parks open!

    P.S. 7:30am carpool from Cupertino available. pm me for details
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    Damn, I'm busy elsewhere that day. That's the ROMP Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Ride.
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    Like Poff.. In (I think I'll tackle the A ride)

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    B ride info

    Watch this post for updates to the B ride.


    The B ride route we have decided on will be roughly:
    HH>Anza>Jackson>Elderberry>Wasno>Kelly Lake>Kelly Cabin Trail>Cross Canyon>Grapevine>Cattle Duster>Domino>Wasno>Dexter>Grizzly Gultch>Serpentine>Middle Steer Ridge>HH.

    Last time we did this Charlie's stats were:
    23 miles, 4,700 feet, 6:15 total time,and 4:00 moving time

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
    I've been meaning to post this for a week or so now.
    Skyline35 and I discussed it, decided we should still do it, and I'm glad to see we already have people excited.

    The B ride route we have decided on will be roughly:
    HH>Anza>Jackson>Elderberry>Wasno>Kelly Lake>Kelly Cabin Trail>Cross Canyon>Grapevine>Cattle Duster>Domino>Wasno>Dexter>Grizzly Gultch>Serpentine>Middle Steer Ridge>HH.

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    This is one of my favorite rides! WooHooo!

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    OK, it all sounds good.
    Make sure to be at Hunting Hollow half an hour before depart time to get ready.
    I'll lead the A ride starting at 9am. The route:
    Coit Road - Mahoney Meadows - China Hole - Manzanita - Flat Frog - Middle Ridge - Poverty Flat - Shafers - Narrows - Mahoney Meadows - Lost Spring - Mahoney Meadows - left on Coit Road. There will be a time/energy check at Cross - Canyon. If there's enough time/energy: turn left, down on Cross Canyon - up Kelly Cabin Canyon and right on Coit Road to Wasno Road, otherwise go straight on Coit Road to Wasno Road. Either route finishes with one of the best downhills in Coe: Domino Pond - Cattle Duster - Grapevine - (optional) Anza and Coit Road back to Hunting Hollow.

    Charlie and Dan will lead their B ride at 9:30am.
    And Mike (discus) has volunteered to lead his version of the C ride at 10am.
    As long as we're all back exhausted between 3 and 4pm for the party it's all good.
    It would be nice if BigLarry leads a D ride at 11am for old time's sake.
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    IN for the C ride. There are 3 others coming in our group.

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    [QUOTE=dan51
    The B ride route we have decided on will be roughly:
    HH>Anza>Jackson>Elderberry>Wasno>Kelly Lake>Kelly Cabin Trail>Cross Canyon>Grapevine>Cattle Duster>Domino>Wasno>Dexter>Grizzly Gultch>Serpentine>Middle Steer Ridge>HH.
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    Should be well worth skipping middle ridge for that.
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    I'm in for this!
    B ride most likely....
    And i'll try to remember the cooler this time around...

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    I'm in for Dan's B-ride!

    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Even without BigLarry around, we should have a HCFC before it starts raining too much. I propose Saturday October 24 at Hunting Hollow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    I'll lead the A ride starting at 9am. The route:
    Coit Road - Mahoney Meadows - China Hole - Manzanita - Flat Frog - Middle Ridge - Poverty Flat - Shafers - Narrows - Mahoney Meadows - Lost Spring - Mahoney Meadows - left on Coit Road. There will be a time/energy check at Cross - Canyon. If there's enough time/energy: turn left, down on Cross Canyon - up Kelly Cabin Canyon and right on Coit Road to Wasno Road, otherwise go straight on Coit Road to Wasno Road. Either route finishes with one of the best downhills in Coe: Domino Pond - Cattle Duster - Grapevine - (optional) Anza and Coit Road back to Hunting Hollow.
    A friend of mine recommended that I try this route. I'm going to try and make it. I've heard Middle Ridge is awesome.

    Who's bringin what? I'll bring a cooler of beers if I can make it.

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    Really should move this to Sunday so that you can do the pumpkin ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
    The B ride route we have decided on will be roughly:
    HH>Anza>Jackson>Elderberry>Wasno>Kelly Lake>Kelly Cabin Trail>Cross Canyon>Grapevine>Cattle Duster>Domino>Wasno>Dexter>Grizzly Gultch>Serpentine>Middle Steer Ridge>HH.
    I'm in (80%), but that does not sound like a 'B' ride.

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    +1 B ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    I'm in (80%), but that does not sound like a 'B' ride.
    That's totally a B ride at our pace. Serpentine might push it to a B+.
    If we get enough rain the Kelly Cabin and X Canyon trails will be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
    That's totally a B ride at our pace. Serpentine might push it to a B+.
    If we get enough rain the Kelly Cabin and X Canyon trails will be fun.
    You haven't seen my pace lately. I'm working on it. I'll be ready for something by then.

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    I just saw BigLarry lurking! Are you thinking about it?

    P.S. Does this event qualify for a "sticky"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    I just saw BigLarry lurking! Are you thinking about it?

    P.S. Does this event qualify for a "sticky"?
    Heard about this thread through the MTB grapevine. (Yes, I still ride a lot, usually with my wife and/or the mere mortals these days.)

    With Dan51 and Skyline35, you've got the right 'numbers' you need.

    For old time's sake, I might happen to ride along, but don't count on my leading anything. This will be your event now.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Category help

    Just a quick question, as I'd love to go and haven't been out to Coe before.

    If I'm a strong rider with somewhat suspect skills, would I be holding the "A" group up? I'm the guy people swear at in races like the Lemurian for getting up near the front at the top of the climb and then acting as a plug on the way down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwprolo
    If I'm a strong rider with somewhat suspect skills, would I be holding the "A" group up? I'm the guy people swear at in races like the Lemurian for getting up near the front at the top of the climb and then acting as a plug on the way down.
    I'm like that as well. It's not a race, and we we regroup at the top and bottom of each section. As long as you're a fast climber, who can ride for 6 hours with only one hour break, you should be fine in the A group.

    BTW: for those that have never been at Coe: The Hunting Hollow entrance is NOT at park head quarters. It's on Gilroy Hot-Springs Road and it always takes longer than you think to get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    Heard about this thread through the MTB grapevine. (Yes, I still ride a lot, usually with my wife and/or the mere mortals these days.)

    With Dan51 and Skyline35, you've got the right 'numbers' you need.

    For old time's sake, I might happen to ride along, but don't count on my leading anything. This will be your event now.

    Hi Larry,

    It would be great to see you and your wife again, have a beer and burger and catch up on how you're doing.

    Thanks, J.L.
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    Dang! I was hopeing somebody would put a HCFC together this year but the "boss" and I have dinner and the symphony up in the City that night.

    If anyone is interested in a "D-ish" ride this Saturday (10/17) I was planning on heading down to do HH>Coit Rd>Wasno Rd>Thule Pond>Grizzly Gulch>Wagon>Bowl>Lyman Wilson. PM me if you're interested
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    Never been to this, but want to experience it at least once. What is there to expect. Where do you park? Where do you go to meet with whichever group?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pacing08
    Never been to this, but want to experience it at least once. What is there to expect.
    Expect to ride your bike and have fun.
    If it's your first time coming, you need to bring enough beer or margaritas for everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by pacing08
    Where do you park?
    At the Hunting Hollow parking lot. $4 to park there. Google should be able to help locate the parking lot. It's a pretty big lot, and can accommodate 50+ cars. Search for past threards for HCFC to get more accurate directions.

    Quote Originally Posted by pacing08
    Where do you go to meet with whichever group?
    We all meet in the Hunting Hollow parking lot and it usually gets sorted out with someone yelling "B riders over here!" That will probably be me.

    See you there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
    At the Hunting Hollow parking lot. $4 to park there.
    Welcome to the new broke California.. now $6 to park at Hunting Hollow!

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    Huge bummer, I've got an important CX race with the Pilarcitos guys on the 25th so Im out for the 24th for sure. I've been at the Coe Circus for 3 years straight now, can't believe Im going to miss out

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    Directions to Hunting Hollow (Source: coepark.org)

    You won't miss the parking lot because it's huge.
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    Note that someone tore out the $6 fee signs at HH parking lot, so if you don't know better it says to pay $4.

    But the official website still says $6:

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=26004

    As does the Pine Ridge Association website:

    http://www.coepark.org/parkfees.html

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    I'll likely be there

    Not sure which group to ride in. Likely B or C given I haven't been riding in past few months.

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    Henry Coe Fall Circus

    I'll be there with wild boar sausages for BBQ afterwards...Kent brings the beer keg

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    C Ride ala diskus

    My version of the C ride also plans leave at 10AM. That will allow us to take it casually relax,stop, and not hurry, and we will be back in time for the BBQ, Ill post details later in the week on route etc


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    C Ride ala diskus

    My version of the C ride also plans to leave at 10AM from Hunting Hollow. That will allow us to take it casually, relax,stop, and not hurry, and we will be back in time for the BBQ, Ill post details later in the week on route etc


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    A friend of mine recommended that I try this route. I'm going to try and make it. I've heard Middle Ridge is awesome.

    Who's bringin what? I'll bring a cooler of beers if I can make it.
    how many miles is the a ride?
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    What are the mileages for the 3 ride groups?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnybravo
    What are the mileages for the 3 ride groups?
    B ride route info can be found in my previous and now updated post.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?...96&postcount=6

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    A ride will be approximately 33-35 mi (please correct me JL if I am wrong) and about 7,500 footies. B ride from my GPS will be 23mi/5,200 footies (Garmin corrected).

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    Looking forward to it. For the potluck afterward, I'll bring something healthy.
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    An unfortunate series of events last week has me fortunately able to be "available" on Saturday - but without a car... I am going to plan on coming down with adventuregirl and her hubby and do a "C" ride, as yesterday was the first day back on my bike in nearly a month! Is there any proposed route for the "C" ride, and will it be at least moderately SS-tolerable? (Yesterday was a whopping 11-1/2 miles with 1700 ft and I was feeling OK but having to stop on a couple of the longer climbs... Gonna sneak out for a ride this week too if I can).
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    B ride

    I pre-rode the B route yesterday with mudworm and her friend Derek. Roy started with us
    and then went off to the Middle Ridge Trail.

    I am trying to convince plymmer that he should do an insane "Roy Ride" Bear Mtn to
    Dutch's or something...

    Below are the route, stats, and photos. I have attached a .gpx file of the ride, maybe it will
    be of some use to the Garmin riders.

    ///Charlie



    Start at Hunting Hollow Gilroy Hot Springs Road Coit Road Anza Trail Jackson
    Trail Elderberry Spring Trail (lower) Rock Tower Trail Elderberry Spring Trail (upper)
    Jackson Road Wasno Road Kelly Lake Trail Coit Road Kelly Cabin Canyon Trail
    Cross Canyon Trail Coit Springs Trail Cattle Duster Trail Domino Pond Trail
    Wasno Road Dexter Trail Grizzly Gulch Trail Serpentine Trail Steer Ridge Road
    Middle Steer Ridge Trail Hunting Hollow Road Hunting Hollow parking.

    From cyclometer (Specialized TurboPro): Total time = 7:27 / Moving time = 4:19 /
    Miles = 23.74 / Footies = 4,593



















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    In...A ride...see you at 9 JL....

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    Charlie, may I provide captions to the photos?

    1. Another Stumpjumper Showcase day at Coe. (Thanks to Derek and Roy for putting up with my hold-the-bikes-please request.)
    2. By the look on my face, that was a climb somewhere
    3. Whenever I stopped, I tried to clean out the mud stuck in my old SPD pedals.
    4. One of the many creek crossings on Kelly Cabin Trail. We didn't ride many of them.
    5. Delbomber is what he is known for.
    6. One of a few down trees on the course. Charlie did something to this one. I'll post the after shot when I get a chance.
    7. Domino Pond, with water in it.
    8. One of the many tarantulas we saw on the trail.
    9. Near the end of the ride on Hunting Hollow Road. I no longer cared about getting my bike wet at that point. And this was not the deepest creek I rode across.
    10. Speechless.

    We were very surprised to see Charlie and Roy show up at the parking lot around the same time because they usually ride there on Saturdays. I'd like to take the credit for changing Charlie's plan from going to Middle Ridge to pre-riding the B ride with us. That's because Charlie is very mindful of fixing the trails, which is probably good for the Fall Circus ride since some of the dropped branches and trees were removed and a couple of deep ditches were filled to reduce the OTB hazard. But of course, we left plenty of challenging obstacles untouched to keep the riding fun. It was really nice and warm at the parking lot (morning and afternoon), so I left my windbreaker behind. But I felt a little cold whenever we stopped moving due to the breeze on the ridges. I guess I should have known better.

    Over all, if this is what the B ride sticks with, it's going to be a challenging and fun ~24 mile ride. I think the Coe factor (x1.5?) applies to this route, so plan accordingly. And enjoy!
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    Okay. I shouldn't procrastinate in posting one photo. Here is the aftershot of that jungle I crawled through.

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    I rode Flat Frog, Frog Lake, Middle Ridge, Creekside and China Hole on Saturday. The ride out was one slow crawl. I actually walked some flat parts and all the four fire road climbs.

    I'm definitely riding the 'C' ride, but I vote to leave at 10 too.

    ATBScott, the proposed 'C' route is the only thing that remotely resembles SSable at the south end of the park unless your name is Menso. There's really only one or two sections of the climb that are tough, other than the combined length of it. Even though I've been out on my SS a couple times in the last couple weeks, I'm bringing gears this time.

    I can run a shuttle from Morgan Hill for myself and four others, if there is interest, and for $6/car there should be. We would meet at the Concept Store where there is a nice coffee shop at 8:45 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Flat Frog - Middle Ridge - Poverty Flat - Shafers - Narrows - Mahoney Meadows - Lost Spring -
    I'm sure you mean Los Cruzeros instead of The Narrows here. There's 12" of water in there right now.

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    OK, The B ride is pretty long (see Charlie's post), so I changed the start time to 9:30am.

    The C ride start time is changed to 10am to allow for a relaxed pace and frequent regrouping.

    Please bring some food and drinks to share. See you all Saturday. J.L.
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    is there anything that is doable for a guy with a weak surgically repaired arm that cannot tolerate a lot of banging around or crashing IE fireroad out and back or really buff easy single track?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    OK, The B ride is pretty long (see Charlie's post), so I changed the start time to 9:30am.

    The C ride start time is changed to 10am to allow for a relaxed pace and frequent regrouping.

    Please bring some food and drinks to share. See you all Saturday. J.L.
    Thanks, I was going to suggest an earlier start time for the B ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz Cut
    is there anything that is doable for a guy with a weak surgically repaired arm that cannot tolerate a lot of banging around or crashing IE fireroad out and back or really buff easy single track?
    Buzz,
    There is a nice fireroad called Hunting Hollow Rd that leads out of the Hunting Hollow parking lot. Goes out about 2 miles before going straight up. It's mostly flat. It will probably take about 20 minutes to go out and back, but the scenery is pretty nice. It crosses a creek about 5 times, and with this weather the creek likely won't be dry. It's ride-able when it's flowing, but I'd hate to see you hit a boulder under water and go down.

    You could also take the road up to Coit fireroad and join the C ride as they go up the fireroad to hit the downhill singletrack, then turn around and ride back the way you came.

    You could make your own ride and do (roughly) Coit Rd>Wasno Rd>Wagon Rd>Bowl Trail>Lyman Wilson Trail>Hunting Hollow Rd. That will be mainly fireroad, but it will still be a good ride. Lyman Wilson is the only bumpy part I would worry about. It will be all downhill, with the potential for some big speed. You could also skip Bowl>Lyman Wilson and just take Wagon all the way to Hunting Hollow Rd. This may be too much if you're just recovering and getting back on the bike.

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    I'll be there in time for the B ride but might drop back to the C instead. I haven't been riding very much at all lately. I'll try to make sure my gear is in working order by then.
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    work just grounded me on Saturday.
    I haven't been riding enough lately to be Coe-worthy anyway but will enjoy the pictures so don't forget to post them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz Cut
    is there anything that is doable for a guy with a weak surgically repaired arm that cannot tolerate a lot of banging around or crashing IE fireroad out and back or really buff easy single track?
    How are you in terms of braking? You could start out on the 'C' ride and turn around instead of hitting the singletrack downhill. If you're ok with fairly steep downhill fireroad. There is certainly a chance of a crash if you're not careful though.

    Dan's suggestion of Hunting Hollow is ok, but the creek crossings can get pretty technical. As I remember it it's 3 miles to the end and more like 20 creek crossings of various sizes. You can make a half-hour or more nature stop at the secret pond along the way. It is epically scenic.

    You could always bring a big-ass bbq and be the chief cook and bottle washer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    How are you in terms of braking? You could start out on the 'C' ride and turn around instead of hitting the singletrack downhill. If you're ok with fairly steep downhill fireroad. There is certainly a chance of a crash if you're not careful though.

    Dan's suggestion of Hunting Hollow is ok, but the creek crossings can get pretty technical. As I remember it it's 3 miles to the end and more like 20 creek crossings of various sizes. You can make a half-hour or more nature stop at the secret pond along the way. It is epically scenic.

    You could always bring a big-ass bbq and be the chief cook and bottle washer...
    Braking w my disc's is no problem the main issue is a sudden wheel deflection or impact from crashing could rip the tendon again. I've been going slow and easy down hill up at russian ridge. down hawk and up ancient oaks from Mindigo and playing around on the fire roads with no problems
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    Buzz: We could have a D ride starting at 11am to do the Coit Road - Wasno Road - Wagon Road - Bowl Trail and Lyman-Wilson Ridge Trail loop. This is almost all fire road without any super steep climbs and with a nice flowing single track downhill at the end.
    Not sure who who lead that one. Any volunteers?

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    Anyone for the B/C ride want to carpool from somewhere in the vicinity of Fast Eddy's house? Share some carpooling, gas and entry fees that way.
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    Yo Danny boy, are you going to be late like last time???????????

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    I expect to be early for the C ride. Wish I could say I was in shape to keep up with the B ride even but A is completely out of the question.

    Besides, I remember having a great time even for being a touch late. See you at the after party!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger
    I expect to be early for the C ride. Wish I could say I was in shape to keep up with the B ride even but A is completely out of the question.

    Besides, I remember having a great time even for being a touch late. See you at the after party!
    Dan,
    There are plenty of bailout options for the B ride. After climbing out Cross Canyon you can always head down Grapevine to Coit and head back to the parking lot. That will save a significant amount of climbing and quite a few miles. I bet we'll have several peeps looking for a bailout route after climbing Cross Canyon. That is also similar to the B ride from 2 years ago.

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    What is the "C" ride route and distance/elevation going to be - any ideas? I have been off the bike for the last 3-1/2 weeks until yesterday (and only got a couple of rides in the weeks prior to that - I was trying to get my mojo back after being with a friend who went down hard and had brain injuries, etc...) Just started to get going on the bike when I got into my own troubles... "C" ride or even the "D" ride (though not sure I want to start that late...) might be a good call for me. Last year had no trouble with the C ride on the SS, but was in decent shape! What I'd like is more single-track without steep climbs and rolling singletrack downhill back! Yeah, babay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    II'm definitely riding the 'C' ride, but I vote to leave at 10 too.

    ATBScott, the proposed 'C' route is the only thing that remotely resembles SSable at the south end of the park unless your name is Menso. There's really only one or two sections of the climb that are tough, other than the combined length of it. Even though I've been out on my SS a couple times in the last couple weeks, I'm bringing gears this time.

    There's ticks in them thar hills. I've got a 3rd nipple right now to prove it.
    If the "C" ride pace is mellow enough I'll probably go for it. Bring lotsa food and Enduralytes! What is the distance for the "C" route? Any idea compared to last year? (Park HQ/Frog Flat/Middle Ridge/China Hole/Climb-up to the ridge/long-a$$-fireroad-climb/great singletrack descents and climbs to the road back to Hunting Hollow...) First time for me at the South end of the park... Don't know many of the trails there!
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    Been hearing about HCFC all year at all the big group rides!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATBScott
    What is the "C" ride route and distance/elevation going to be - any ideas?
    I think the dirt part is only about 13 or 14 miles plus two miles of flat pavement at each end. If you usually ride SS, you'll make it fine; maybe even clean it. I've done it before. I could do it now too, but I'd walk a couple sections and I'd rather ride granny for this one than walk.

    I'm guessing the elevation is about 3500', maybe less.

    To me the singletrack is _way_ more fun on my rigid bike.

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    Stoking the fire? I hope to be there in time for the B ride and sum up my options. I have been doing the A or A- rides the past few years. Unfortunately, this year I have had a lot of work travel and not much time to ride. I might be in shape for the B ride but may opt for the C ride so I don't feel like I'm holding up the group. Sometimes it's just fun to take it easy and take in the scenerery.

    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
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    There are plenty of bailout options for the B ride. After climbing out Cross Canyon you can always head down Grapevine to Coit and head back to the parking lot. That will save a significant amount of climbing and quite a few miles. I bet we'll have several peeps looking for a bailout route after climbing Cross Canyon. That is also similar to the B ride from 2 years ago.
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    OK so here are the details on the ride Ill be doing. Its planned as a leisurely jaunt, no drop, enjoy scenery and discussion. Not a fast pace. Now of course you are free to ride where and as you wish if you want to tag along and then change your mind and go off on your own, no one will mind. and heck who knows we might all decide to do something else. its all do as we go.

    Meet 9:30 AM Hunting Hollow parking lot wheels roll at 10AM

    Map of the area

    Gilroy Hot Springs Road, on asphalt to Coyote Creek entrance, then climb Coit Fire Road up to the Junction with Mahoney Meadows with plenty of opportunity to rest when needed. Take Coit Road along the ridge with a bit more down and even more up, check out the views etc. eventually turn on Wasno Rd, until we hit the junction with Tule Pond Trail. This is a moderately steep and technical single track down to Tule Pond. We will break there as well and discuss our options.

    One is to continue down Grizzly Gulch, a fairly long, fun up and down signle track with some wet stuff. Dumps back out on Coit Rd and to the lot.

    This option is 2680 foot of elevation gain and about 19 miles

    OR

    While at Tule Pond some may decide to head south a bit to Serpentine Trail, a steep single track up to Wilson Peak . For myself and many this would involve some hike a bike, adding a few more hundred feet of climbing, At the top, besides the great views we would reach the junction of Middle Steer Ridge Trail, a steep, fast and fairly wide open at the top, downhill singletrack, but quite fun.

    Cross a creek and onto Hunting Hollow Road a few more wet crossings and back to the lot.

    This option should be about 3400 feet not much difference in distance from the first id say.

    Then of course you could do anything else as well LOL!!!

    Plan is to be back to the lot by 3PM for the goodies


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    As per normal....

    I have prior plans for that day/eve......grrrrrr. I'm bummed
    Unfortunately I haven't been on a Coe ride for waaaaaaaaaayyy too long.

    - Dan/Shiloh/Charlie, we're going to have to hook/up another time for a guided tour sometime in the near future.

    Have a BLAST all!

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    I'm seriously thinking of doing this ride, but need to know if I'm totally insane to bring the SS for the B ride. I've been riding it almost exclusively recently, to the point that my geared FS feels weird. It's a 29er geared 32-20.

    Is there a bail-out option if it turns out to be too much? I haven't been in Coe since the mid 90's, so I don't know the trails at all. Should I just go for it?
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    medieval, if you are fit and riding a lot, it should be doable. I did the "C" ride on my SS (29'er, 33 x 20) and I am doing C again this year - and I was off my bike for 3-1/2 weeks up until Sunday. Going to go slow and take my time and "enjoy the scenery" as they say. All I ride off-road is my SS. If you have any real doubts, do the C on your SS. If you've been getting the miles in, give it a go. There was at least one guy last year (Portola Vince?) that rode the A ride on his SS...
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    Quote Originally Posted by medieval
    I've been riding it almost exclusively recently, to the point that my geared FS feels weird... Should I just go for it?
    Go for it. There's a bail out, plus there's the I'm-beat-so-I'm-walking-this-climb bailout.

    The first climb is where you're going to be a Menso, or you're going to walk. It climbs 1400' in 2.something miles.

    Actually, the 'A' ride has fewer long, steep climbs. It has two short, really steep climbs.

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    Hmmm, obligatory "Can I carpool with someone down there and back".

    From the MT View area would be most awesome.
    I can provide gas, cash, food and/or beverages!

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    What's attendance looking like for the A ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by medieval
    I'm seriously thinking of doing this ride, but need to know if I'm totally insane to bring the SS for the B ride. I've been riding it almost exclusively recently, to the point that my geared FS feels weird. It's a 29er geared 32-20.

    Is there a bail-out option if it turns out to be too much? I haven't been in Coe since the mid 90's, so I don't know the trails at all. Should I just go for it?
    Here is the scoop.

    HH>Anza(hard but doable hits 20% grade several times)>Jackson(averages 18% and hits 28% on the wall, loose, don't think so)>Elderberry (has hairy spots but doable)>Wasno (OK)>Kelly Lake(OK)>Kelly Cabin Trail(Will walk some but OK)>Cross Canyon (will walk a LOT)>Grapevine(OK)>Cattle Duster(OK)>Domino(OK)>Wasno(OK)>Dexter(OK)>Grizzly Gultch(OK)>Serpentine(No WAY)>Middle Steer Ridge(OK)>HH.

    I wouldn't enjoy it on SS, too much walking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poff
    Here is the scoop.

    HH>Anza(hard but doable hits 20% grade several times)>Jackson(averages 18% and hits 28% on the wall, loose, don't think so)>Elderberry (has hairy spots but doable)>Wasno (OK)>Kelly Lake(OK)>Kelly Cabin Trail(Will walk some but OK)>Cross Canyon (will walk a LOT)>Grapevine(OK)>Cattle Duster(OK)>Domino(OK)>Wasno(OK)>Dexter(OK)>Grizzly Gultch(OK)>Serpentine(No WAY)>Middle Steer Ridge(OK)>HH.

    I wouldn't enjoy it on SS, too much walking.
    You'll also be walking the 2 walls on Cattle Duster and the end of Domino. The walls on Cattle duster are hard in 22/34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT
    I have prior plans for that day/eve......grrrrrr. I'm bummed
    Unfortunately I haven't been on a Coe ride for waaaaaaaaaayyy too long.

    - Dan/Shiloh/Charlie, we're going to have to hook/up another time for a guided tour sometime in the near future.

    Have a BLAST all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by medieval
    I'm seriously thinking of doing this ride, but need to know if I'm totally insane to bring the SS for the B ride. I've been riding it almost exclusively recently, to the point that my geared FS feels weird. It's a 29er geared 32-20.

    Is there a bail-out option if it turns out to be too much? I haven't been in Coe since the mid 90's, so I don't know the trails at all. Should I just go for it?
    I think you'll be fine with 32/20 on a 29er. A couple climbs or sections will cause you to walk, but overall, very nice on SS.

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    T.J. If you don't mind being a little early for the B ride, you can carpool with me. I'll pick you up at your place, but pm me your address.

    A ride confirmed:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATBScott
    There was at least one guy last year (Portola Vince?) that rode the A ride on his SS...
    Yes, Portola Vince did the A ride on a SS last year. He had a rear wheel that he could flip and get another gear, but yikes he was one strong dude. I pretty much say that about all of you SSers. It's scary what you guys can climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
    You'll also be walking the 2 walls on Cattle Duster and the end of Domino. The walls on Cattle duster are hard in 22/34.
    Not if you're going the right way.

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    Take alot of pictures

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    Mat, how about you harden the F%*K up?

    Once a year we hit Coe for the annual death march. You SURE you want to miss this?

    Quote Originally Posted by MichiganMat
    Huge bummer, I've got an important CX race with the Pilarcitos guys on the 25th so Im out for the 24th for sure. I've been at the Coe Circus for 3 years straight now, can't believe Im going to miss out

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    If you haven't already, vote in the poll so we can get a rough headcount of riders.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=565575

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkMass
    Mat, how about you harden the F%*K up?

    Once a year we hit Coe for the annual death march. You SURE you want to miss this?
    LOL!

    I know dude, I know, but its just not gonna happen this year. Even if I wasn't racing on Sunday, my Sat. is packed with stuff with the g/f. Pop-off a few complaints for me, will ya?

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    See you for the B ride

    Looks like I'll make this one - looking forward to it.

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    I think I'll try it. That's the only way I'll know for sure, right?

    Anyone heading down from the Fremont area that would like to carpool?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    I rode Flat Frog, Frog Lake, Middle Ridge, Creekside and China Hole on Saturday. The ride out was one slow crawl. I actually walked some flat parts and all the four fire road climbs.

    I'm definitely riding the 'C' ride, but I vote to leave at 10 too.

    ATBScott, the proposed 'C' route is the only thing that remotely resembles SSable at the south end of the park unless your name is Menso. There's really only one or two sections of the climb that are tough, other than the combined length of it. Even though I've been out on my SS a couple times in the last couple weeks, I'm bringing gears this time.

    I can run a shuttle from Morgan Hill for myself and four others, if there is interest, and for $6/car there should be. We would meet at the Concept Store where there is a nice coffee shop at 8:45 or so.

    There's ticks in them thar hills. I've got a 3rd nipple right now to prove it.
    I could use a ride.....live in M.H......let me know...pm me...parking money and coffee....

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    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

    It's that time of year already? I really wanted to go, but still healing from fracturing a rib at Downieville. One more year of waiting around for the next one. Maybe by then I'll be an "A" rider. Heh...



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    is there a "D" ride? My wife may be interested in getting back on the bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    is there a "D" ride? My wife may be interested in getting back on the bike
    That would be the 'C' ride and turn around when she's done. The climb sucks if you're not in shape, so she may not get too far. Then back at HH, she can go out-and-back in Hunting Hollow. It's pretty cool if you don't mind wet feet.

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    Anyone have space in a carpool from anywhere near Campbell?

    I'll go for the B ride, I'll be the slow guy in the back, the one that the mountain lions are circling...

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    Man, that B ride looks like fun. How hard to you guys ride? Is it going to be a full court press, or are you going to keep it somewhat social? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    is there a "D" ride? My wife may be interested in getting back on the bike
    Grizzly Gulch is a great downhill singletrack, but I've been doing it a lot. So I'm thinking mutiny. I can sweep the C group in going up Coit Rd. then roll down Grapevine with whoever wants a lighter fun ride. Call it a "D" if you must. Not sure about "leader", but I'll be friendly with any stragglers going my way.

    It might be about 30% less miles and climb than the C ride - somewhere in the mid 2000' feet of climb depending on doing Domino Pond and/or Anza, which can be decided after measuring residual energy.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Hi Larry,

    It would be great to see you and your wife again, have a beer and burger and catch up on how you're doing.

    Thanks, J.L.
    Unfortunately my wife is working Saturday. So it'll just be me passing by for a beer and burger.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    arrgh!

    Got the snifles. Hopefully I'll kick it by Saturday. It's exaclty like last year. what's up with that???
    Hey man, wanna go for a klunk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bailout
    Got the snifles. Hopefully I'll kick it by Saturday. It's exaclty like last year. what's up with that???
    Some vitamin Coe on Saturday will clear that right up.

    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteLightning
    Man, that B ride looks like fun. How hard to you guys ride? Is it going to be a full court press, or are you going to keep it somewhat social? ;-)
    B rides with me and Charlie leading are never fast paced. We both like hanging out and taking pics. Riders usually bail because we go too slow. Expect about 4 hours of moving time and 6 hours of total time. It's going to be a big group, so I can see it breaking into two groups as the day goes on. If you want to hammer, join the A ride. I don't think JL even stops when he goes to the bathroom

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    Well, I'm psyched! It looks like we will have perfect weather for the 5th HCFC:
    high of 80 @ HH and 72 @ HQ, "Sunny, calm wind becoming west
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    Sun and Moon Data for One Day

    The following information is provided for Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California
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    SUN
    Begin civil twilight 6:56 a.m.
    Sunrise 7:23 a.m.
    Sun transit 12:50 p.m.
    Sunset 6:18 p.m.
    End civil twilight 6:44 p.m.

    MOON
    Moonset 10:26 p.m. on preceding day
    Moonrise 1:29 p.m.
    Moon transit 6:24 p.m.
    Moonset 11:24 p.m.
    Moonrise 2:03 p.m. on following day

    Phase of the Moon on 24 October: waxing crescent with 38% of the Moon's visible
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    Depending on how late things run, there can be a little post-HCFC night ride? If the
    streams are low, it can be just an out&back on Hunting Hollow Road...

    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
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    1) as bright as your HID
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    3) $85 landed at my door... or $120 landed for the racer kit that includes a second battery
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    4) good beam pattern
    5) reasonably good quality build
    6) as bright as your HID (just had to repeat that)



    Holy crap! So LEDs have arrived for real?!? Why don't I own this thing yet?!?

    Man, I remember it wasn't too long ago we were getting those cheezy Batteryspace.com
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    we were pimping pretty hard.... and now this $85 LED flashlight is smoking that setup for
    1/3 the price and 1/4 the weight.

    For F'ing real?!?
    Will you be at the HCFC? I will have my MagicShine and you can check it out.


    BigLarry, hope to see you there tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by bailout
    Got the snifles. Hopefully I'll kick it by Saturday. It's exaclty like last
    year. what's up with that???
    Drink a few glasses of Emergen C today.

    Are we bringing radios?

    Really looking forward to tomorrow,
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    I'm psyched for you guys too. Perfect condition indeed. I knew most likely we would not make this one because I got two other things competing with it on Saturday. Glad that I pre-rode the course and now I can't wait to read all your ride reports!
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    I'll do "B" (if social pace) otherwise "C"

    Haven't been riding but have logged 180K miles on United this year!
    Hope to join B ride. Never ridden Coe either so look forward to learning the trails.
    Any good trail maps OR garmin downloads of previously ridden "B" route?

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    I will be on the "C" ride with my Sis and some of her friends. Felica should join us I am sure she would be fine and have lots of fun.

    So what are people bringing for the BBQ, I think I shall marinate some form of meat and make a batch of Brownies!! I will be bringing a small gas grill also.
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    I'll do "B" (if social pace) otherwise "C"

    Haven't been riding but have logged 180K miles on United this year!
    Hope to join B ride. Never ridden Coe either so look forward to learning the trails.
    Any good trail maps OR garmin downloads of previously ridden "B" route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caldaw
    Haven't been riding but have logged 180K miles on United this year!
    Hope to join B ride. Never ridden Coe either so look forward to learning the trails.
    Any good trail maps OR garmin downloads of previously ridden "B" route?
    Skyline35 posted a GPS track earlier in this thread. Look for the post with all the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caldaw
    Haven't been riding but have logged 180K miles on United this year!
    Hope to join B ride. Never ridden Coe either so look forward to learning the trails.
    Any good trail maps OR garmin downloads of previously ridden "B" route?
    As Dan pointed out, Charlie posted a .gpx file. I made that into a .crs file (attached) which should work on your Garmin 305 or 705 as a course. I've also done one for the A ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35
    I will have my MagicShine and you can check it out.

    BigLarry, hope to see you there tomorrow.

    Are we bringing radios?

    Really looking forward to tomorrow,
    ///Charlie
    That LED light looks interesting. I've bought several expensive lights to end up only using them once or twice, and the batteries always die before I can use them.

    I'll bring radios - usual Channel 5-0.

    Look forward to seeing you again tomorrow as well.

    Nevermind. The way it came out, this part just sounded bitter instead of explaining why I wasn't leading any more.

    Looks like a great ride is in the cards with good routes, good weather, and good leaders. I plan to have fun on the ride this year!
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    Yep, great weather tomorrow for a Coe ride. Make sure to bring lots of fluids! There's no drinking water at Hunting Hollow!

    The A ride will indeed be at a fast pace, but I'll try to allow for bathroom stops this time .....

    Just make sure everyone is back at HH by 4pm to enjoy the bbq. No need to have us worry about people getting lost and stumbling back after dark.

    Thanks, J.L.

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    are the roads to this trailhead all paved?

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    t-minus 18 hours...

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35
    Well, I'm psyched!
    SL35: Skyline Three Five to Ground Control...
    GC: Ground Control here...
    SL35: All systems are ready, can we move up the launch...
    GC: Hold on. How many bagels are you packin?
    SL35: I completed my preflight. Fuel is at max. We have a clear weather window. Can we light this sucka?
    GC: Hold on. We need to confirm your Power Grub reserve.
    SL35: I will pick that up down range, I know a stump or two. Let's go.
    GC: Hold on. We have not confirmed Pie flavor for the post splash down celebration.
    SL35: Pumpkin, Apple, I eat em all. I'm gonna use my own bic lighter to ignite this baby!
    GC: The flight controller informs me that we have a hard 9am launch window.
    SL35: Ah shucks. Sometimes I wish I was just a Balloon Boy.
    . . . .
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    can any body drop me off in morgan hill after??????

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    Yes, the roads are all paved to HH. Only the parking lot is dirt, but very well packed.

    I can give la-neta a ride back, if needed. No problem.

    However: is anyone bring a bbq? I have 24 hotdogs and buns, but they will taste better heated. I'll also bring carrots for the healthy alternative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    However: is anyone bring a bbq? I have 24 hotdogs and buns, but they will taste better heated. I'll also bring carrots for the healthy alternative.
    I could bring my propane skillet if you want.

    I'm going by Falafel Drive In on the way home and picking up a big order of Falafel and Babaganoush. Yum. Meat is overrated.

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    Great. Yes please bring the propane skillet. I guess I could bring the camping stove too. That's a good suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    However: is anyone bring a bbq?
    Only propane is allowed. Charcoal is verboten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    I could bring my propane skillet if you want.

    I'm going by Falafel Drive In on the way home and picking up a big order of Falafel and Babaganoush. Yum. Meat is overrated.

    Where's FE?

    I'm bringing celery sticks and a tomato salad but I didn't make very much of either because you all likely prefer chips, salsa and meat.

    I also just roasted a pumpkin although I'm not feeling motivated to actually make a pie. The only thing that is keeping the spark alive just a little bit is the knowledge that Charlie sort of likes pie.
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    See y'all manana.

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    t-minus 13 hours...

    Quote Originally Posted by The Law
    I'm bringing celery sticks and a tomato salad but I didn't make very much of either because you all likely prefer chips, salsa and meat.

    I also just roasted a pumpkin although I'm not feeling motivated to actually make a pie. The only thing that is keeping the spark alive just a little bit is the knowledge that Charlie sort of likes pie.
    I summonsed all my cooking abilities and bought an apple pie to bring tomorrow. Even though it wasn't chips, salsa, or meat, your cabbage salad last year was yummy.

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    Hey yall, I'm picking up LocalYocal off 85 and Winchester tomorrow at 8:15AM. Leaving Menlo Park for 280 about 7:45- 7:55 or so. Anyone else need a ride?

    I've got a F250 with plenty of room in the bed (although only 1 rack). PM me before 10:30 PM tonight if you are just off 280 or 85 (South of 280) and need a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35
    I summonsed all my cooking abilities and bought an apple pie to bring tomorrow. Even though it wasn't chips, salsa, or meat, your cabbage salad last year was yummy.

    ///Charlie
    Well Charlie,
    I've never made a pumpkin pie, let alone one that started with a real pumpkin, as opposed to a can. I can't say this one is spot on, or even close, especially in terms of texture, but it certainly has the color! I'm sure under enough whipped cream it will taste just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    C/D ride (10am) takes Coit Road and Wasno Road to Tule Pond. Back via Grizzly Gulch with Big Larry (D ride) or Serpentine/Middle Steer Ridge. Ride leader: Mike
    Actually, I was thinking of doing an even shorter D ride - not even getting to Grizzly Gulch that I've done too much recently. Rather, I was thinking of turning right off Coit Rd. at Cross Canyon and heading down Grapevine and then up Anza, depending on rider energy. It's a real easy ride but it might get me back to the lot too soon.

    Another idea is continue on to Wasno and head down Domino Pond, then cut over to go down Jackson, which is a super great downhill singletrack that for some crazy reason everyone wants to go UP!

    I'll take the ride as it goes, and bide my time for the proper D ride moment.
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    Stunning weather for late Oct. Leave the layers at home. I'm guessing it's 55f here. It will be over 80 sometime this afternoon; maybe the last time we see 80 until spring.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    Stunning weather for late Oct. Leave the layers at home. I'm guessing it's 55f here. It will be over 80 sometime this afternoon; maybe the last time we see 80 until spring.

    Oh snap.

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    Bikes loaded and ready to go !

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    I'm in

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    woo good ride. great turnout and nice to see everyone again. only my 2nd time at coe and it was as brutal as ever, but it was great to find some sweet singletrack. thanks to JL and Dan for organizing. my ITB started hurting so I bailed from the B ride early with a bunch of other folks down grapevine and that was a great little downhill run to the road. that jackson climb is not to be disregarded either.

    there was a little carnage going on too. I think I saw a broken tire, broken spoke, broken chain, and a broken arm (hope that turns out ok). although jdub didnt break anything for once. whats the tick count? wait 3 days and ill tell you about my poison oak from cross canyon...

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    Great day, fantastic conditions and great bunch of people. Thanks to everyone who helped me out with either spare tubes, patches, checking my tires while I repaired the tubes. Having four flats in one day was a record for me. I assumed I had a patch kit and a quality spare tube. I was wrong on both counts. It was my first time Middle Steer trail, that was a lot of fun.

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    Thank you JL, Charlie, and Dan and Discus for the CFC. Wha a great bucn of people to ride with. Somehow, this B ride is very tough, I estimated it to be 231ft of climbing per mile. Serpentine was a %$#@&%$#@. My chain snapped in the worst possible moment on the Cattle Duster rockgurden going up and I ended up sliding back onto rocks and down. Thanks to everuone who pulled me out and provided with a master link. That pumpkin pie was great too. Thanks for the beer JJ. Looking forward towards riding with this gang again! And Alex, I did tell you not to ride that water crossing!

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    Great ride as usual. It was extra technical this year with the rain-ruttled fireroads and stream crossings. The HCFC had been bone-dry the previous 3 years so this year was a huge change. It helped a bit with the climbing because it wasn't as slippery from the dust. I was one of those that bailed-out early as well and took the awesome Grapevine single-track. Next year I'll do the entire B ride like normal.

    Nice seeing and reconnecting with a lot of familiar faces. Hopefully this won't be the last big event for this year!

    I went through a rash of flats last year. This year I didn't have any, but suffered from derailleur troubles and rear brake rub. GRRRrrr.. Coe is hard enough without the added bike drama.

    There was tonnes of food and drink back in the parking lot. Thanks go out to everyone that shared. Justin: Thanks for the beer. Shiloh: Thanks for the tasty, healthy pumpkin pie. I saw Charlie digging in and knew I had to try a slice. T-burger: The nutella brownie is delicious! Paige: The fruit really hit the spot! Extra special thanks to Jeff, Carmen, and Jeff for the SUPER TASTY tri-tip. I think I went back for fourths!

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    Thanks JL, Dan, Charlie, Mike for leading and organizing this ride. What a day! Awesome trails (my first time at Coe), great food, cool company! Rode with the "A" group with 6 other guys and 2 of them, Paul and Mark with nice looking SS....oh yeah...I was in one too! I got numb from the pain I forgot what I was riding today.

    We gots to do this again!

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    Thanks All,

    It was great to get out to Henry Coe today, I needed this ride !

    Today's B ride on Garmin Connect

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    Fun Ride Today!

    It was a wonderful ride today with the MTBR gang. I always love Henry Coe. The rides are brutal, but the wide open space scenery is always stunning to me.

    I ended up riding the whole way with the C group, and finally did Middle Steer for my first time. It's a long, fast and very steep singletrack DH for sure. Very different from other parts of Henry Coe.

    Thanks to JL for putting forth the effort to organize the ride that turned out so well, and thanks to the other leaders Skyline35, Dan51, and Discus for their effort too. Having been involved before, I know the large effort they put into the ride, thinking of good routes, and pre-riding the route the week before. All to make sure it goes smooth and everyone has fun.

    Seems there was a few unposted small group rides this year - sort of spontaneous to make a better fit for some riders. Main point is that it looked like everyone had an excellent ride.

    Nice meeting everyone again!
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    Good ride! it really shocked the system and blasted the bad juju that I was fighting off the last couple of days. Couldn't really complain about the weather. That Kelly Cabin singletrack was awesome. The climbs weren't so awesome specially that last one but I'm glad I didn't bail. Thanks to all that brought the yummy food. See you Coe fans again next year!

    Here are a few shots:
    1. Tburger
    2. More bleached bones
    3. At the top of Ser-effin-tine trail
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    Once again, thanks to everyone, especially the ride leaders, for pulling together another successful group ride. This one was huge! There were a lot of "firsts" with MTBR for me this year. My first HCFC did not disappoint! Great riding with many of you again, and, of course, great meeting many new faces. I'm really looking forward to riding Coe again in the future.

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    I swear it felt like there was more climbing than descending. How can that be?


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    Good times! You know it was a good ride when you reach the end, and you're not wishing for more. It seemed like everyone got their fill today. Be they (A), (B), (B)ail, or (C). I know that I was finished, and glad to have taken the Grapevine option.

    It was nice to see so many familiar faces, and even more new ones. Good people are what make these rides possible, and so much fun.

    Thanks to Charlie, Dan, JL, and everyone involved with putting the ride together, and leading the groups. Those of us not familiar with the park appreciate your help keeping us from getting lost.

    So that was my once-a-decade Coe ride. I don't know that I'll be back there any time soon, but I'm glad I did it. It was one heluva challenge, and I'm happy with how well I did. I'm thinking of getting a headset cap that says "no shame in walking", or maybe just "OUCH".

    Thanks again to everyone. See you on the trails.
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    that was fun...see you again next weekend...

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    C Ride

    We did 15.5 miles, 3100' of climb, on the route that Discus had planned.

    Here's some pictures of Al, JerseyDude, Discus and Phil. We lost Al (in the solid black jersey) when he missed a turn up Serpentine (by accident?). We spent an hour waiting for him and Tony hiked back down to Grizzly Gulch road to look for him with no avail. When we finally got back, his car was gone, so his path was faster than ours.

    1. On Wasno Rd.
    2. Rollers on Wasno Rd.
    3. Stream crossing at the bottom of Tule Pond Trail.
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    Thanks everyone for showing up, riding, bringing all the food and be fantastic company. Special thanks to Mike, Dan and Charlie for leading the B and C rides. That was a great day at Coe!
    The A group (Al, Paul, Patrick, Bart, Mark, Roy and me) set a good pace with me doing fine on the climbs (I managed to ride up the Middle Ridge wall for the first time!), but sweeping the group on the downhills as usual.
    Roy took off with Jeff (TahoeBC) and another rider to explore even deeper into Coe (Jackass to Hat Rock Ridge) Did they ever come back to HH?
    Jeff, your meat was so tasty, I didn't think anyone wanted one of my lousy hot dogs. Thanks for the delicious sandwiches.
    Good to see Larry again, too.
    We'll have to do it again soon. May be a HCWC at the end of December?
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    Slow Break

    The C riders were looking for ways to take a relaxed ride so we didn't get back too soon. Here we are lined up for our break at Tule Pond.

    1. C-Riders
    2. Turtles at Tule Pond

    (or the other way around)
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    Bubble Trouble

    Discus got the oddest bubble in his tubeless tire. We popped it with a knife and put in a tube, but it kept growing. We finally subdued it with sufficient Duct Tape, but the ride down Middle Ridge was still dicey for Mike.

    Here's the picture captions:
    1. Belt Line Expansion.
    1. Bubble Trouble
    1. How we finally managed to get enough delay on our return.
    1. Why the C ride saw the B ride pass through on Middle Steer Ridge.
    1. How I finally got ride of all my Duct Tape in the bottom of my Camelback.
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    We had a group of riders that came to do the "C" ride, but JustJeff thought that there was too much fireroad... So he suggested (and at that time in the morning we were all very gullible...) that we modify the ride to do more singletrack. This was OK with me, as on the SS I figured I would probably be stopping and even walking the steeper section(s) of Coit Road - might as well walk up singletrack! I have only been to this end of Coe once before - not sure of the trail names and locations, but I think we did: Anza to Jackson, and at the top of the ST on Jackson we veered left onto Elderberry Trail. Roller-coaster on this to some other trail, that took us up to one of the dirt roads (Jackson?) whch we descended to an overview (off Wasno Rd?). We ate there, then descended back down, and took Domino Pond Trail to Cattleduster(?) and then down Grapevine. Enroute we met a number of the B group - some of whom were thinking that "Down" sounded better than climbing up the hill we had just come down... When we intersected Anza Trail, most of that group continued down to the road, but a few of them and all of our group went Left on Anza and rode that back to the road - a bit more climbing but a lot more single track. It was a great ride - I had 16.9 miles with almost 3,000' of climbing. After being off the bike for a while it pretty much kicked my butt, but it felt good and I'll sleep well tonight! Great BBQ at the lot and JustJeff - you rocked that hunk of meat on the grill - I had a couple of pieces of that and it tasted awesome. Nice to meet you and ride with you - we had a nice group of 7 and it was a perfect day out there!
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    Serpentine

    Beautiful and Painful at the same time. I had trouble even walking up.

    Roy said he also had trouble going up Serpentine, as he didn't want to really shift down to his small chain ring!
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    Mike - thanks again for leading a great ride, Big Larry for the photos, and barbeque master Jeff.

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    Great ride today. Next time we won't be doing the suffer fest up Serpentine.
    It did feel like we were going uphill all day though.
    Thanks for the snacks and tri-tip JJ.

    -Dan

    Loads of pics......

    Coming down Elderberry


    Poff on Elderberry


    Skyline35 on final creek crossing


    poff


    Coming down Middle Steer Ridge








    Heading to Middle Steer Ridge




    Top of Serpentine


    knobs


    Domino Pond


    Spider on Domino Pond


    jeffh


    jeng giving a lesson in cornering


    Dan'ger


    The start of the B- group


    poff on X-canyon


    bailout


    Corine? and locoyokel


    Kelly cabin trail


    dude on Elderberry


    the real Wheelie King, switchbaxr


    deer leg going up Jackson


    medieval


    B group at the top of X-Canyon


    Sunset on drive home

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    Middle Steer

    Middle Steer had great views, as well as a fast steep single track downhill, directly back to Hunting Hollow and the BBQ. Here's some views.

    1-3. JeffH and other riders pass by Discus as he applys more Duct Tape to his tire.
    4-5 Views of Middle Steer Ridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Roy took off with Jeff (TahoeBC) and another rider to explore even deeper into Coe (Jackass to Hat Rock Ridge) Did they ever come back to HH?
    Yep...
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    Vegetable Pie

    Quote Originally Posted by The Law
    Looking forward to it. For the potluck afterward, I'll bring something healthy.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Law
    Well Charlie,
    I've never made a pumpkin pie, let alone one that started with a real pumpkin, as opposed to a can. I can't say this one is spot on, or even close, especially in terms of texture, but it certainly has the color! I'm sure under enough whipped cream it will taste just fine.
    The Law and Charlie getting ready to dig into the vegetable pie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
    Great ride today. Next time we won't be doing the suffer fest up Serpentine.
    It did feel like we were going uphill all day though.

    -Dan
    Daaaannn!! You've become quite the artist! I especially like the one of Skyline35 splashing through the stream. Did your camera get wet?

    I liked the routes. They provided interesting new twists. In particular, the suffer fest up Serpentine added that special Henry Coe flavor to the ride. It was a very interesting change that I enjoyed - well for this one time. And it allowed going down Middle Steer, adding a whole different level of excitement at the end of a fun day of riding.
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    I missed Nutella brownies?!!! Why did no one point these out to me?

    With the recent rain, it was Spring at Coe in the Fall. I love Coe! Perfect day for a ride.
    Can we talk tires now?

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    Great weather, ride and friends.

    Only a few pictures worthy of posting.

    JeffH @ top of Anza-Jackson


    Good weather


    Rattlesnake. Almost ran this guy over on the road back to the parking lot. Bunnyhopped it at the last second. Both rider and snake came out unscathed.


    Grill Master Jeff (Thanks again, dude!)

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    I didn't take many pictures, but here are a few...

    At the top of Serpentine:






    Charlie with Pie, imagine a thousand Lilliputians ready to pounce...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Law
    I missed Nutella brownies?!!! Why did no one point these out to me?

    With the recent rain, it was Spring at Coe in the Fall. I love Coe! Perfect day for a ride.
    Nutella cheesecake brownies. Very unhealthy. We were looking out for your best interest

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
    Great ride today. Next time we won't be doing the suffer fest up Serpentine.
    It did feel like we were going uphill all day though.
    Thanks for the snacks and tri-tip JJ.

    B group at the top of X-Canyon
    Your captions pretty much summed it up. We took off cause we basically brain farted on bringing anything. Next time I ride Coe I will show up with fresh legs and much, much more beer. Here are the few pics I took.

    jdub at the start
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    rox at the top of the first climb. Why doesn't he look fazed at all???
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    my lady Corina
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    jdub at the top of the first climb
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    more shots from the bailout point
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes
    You came to the Fall Circus? How was the D ride you did?
    No D ride it turns out. Nobody wanted a shorter ride. So I did the entire delightful (official) C ride as I was feeling pretty strong and the others were wiling to go a little bit slower to wait for me. (And not just because I had the duct tape.)

    There was mutiny into another (unofficial) C ride to provide more singletrack. It wasn't quite as much climb and very nice trails. But they missed the fabulous Middle Steer descent.

    Read the stories (after waiting for everything to load in about 5 minutes).
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    I cant imagine a more perfect day for a ride.

    Now I have to go replace my anyeurism of a tire, interesting thig was bubble and an equivalent bubble extending into the tire, delamination. That waht I had to puncture to repair it well kinda


    Duct tape !!!!! bring lots!

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    I cant imagine a more perfect day for a ride.

    Now I have to go replace my anyeurism of a tire, interesting thing was that the bubble had an equivalent bubble extending into the tire, delamination. Thats what I had to puncture to repair it, well kinda


    Duct tape !!!!! bring lots!

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    Nice double post, Mike.

    Great pictures everyone, especially Dan's! They almost entice me to ride there again today, but my butt is just way too sore.
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    Fantastic day, great (big) ride, and fun group of people.

    You single speeders rock.

    JL came up with a winner route.

    JJ, thanks for the beer swap, my last minute approach didn't have me getting the ice to keep my solo beer cold. After a ride like that warm Sierra Nev. just doesn't cut it.

    I haven't stopped eating since yesterday and I still managed to drop 5 lbs. There must be a whole 'nother 'me' running around in Coe. Over the years I have easily lost more genetic material than I weigh in those hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nine
    I haven't stopped eating since yesterday and I still managed to drop 5 lbs. There must be a whole 'nother 'me' running around in Coe. Over the years I have easily lost more genetic material than I weigh in those hills.
    I hear ya on that. I was down 6 lbs. last night, and after eating like crazy all morning, I'm still down 2 lbs.
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    My 2009 HCFC photos...

    JL leads out the A group and explains how it is going to be...





    The B group:







    switchbaxr





    medieval:





    rensho





    PCRover:





    I want to be able to wheelie like switchbaxr...





    dan51:





    jeffh:





    dan51:





    poff is thinking bad thoughts about his chain:





    Those of the B group who made it to the top of Serpentine...left to right:jeffh, ???, rensho, bailout,
    The Law, dan51, rho, poff, locoyokel, and knobs who joined us somewhere around Dexter:



    [Edit] I just remembered, jonala made it up there too but had already headed downhill...he had
    pumped up his slow-leaking tire and needed to go before it lost pressure yet again.



    Descending Middle Steer Ridge...

    rensho:





    dan51:





    Back at Hunting Hollow...

    left to right, MarkMass, ???, Paige, and JL:





    Is it possible to have too many pictures of JustJeff and his grill?





    left to right, poff, dan51, ibikergal:





    This time right to left, locoyokel, his wife and daughter, The Law:





    TahoeBC and plymmer (and Paul B) just getting back at 6:





    I had an awesome time with everyone yesterday! Thanks for coming out; fun, fun, fun!!!

    ///Charlie

    Start at Hunting Hollow Gilroy Hot Springs Road Coit Road Anza Trail Jackson
    Trail Elderberry Spring Trail (lower) Rock Tower Trail Elderberry Spring Trail (upper)
    Jackson Road Wasno Road Kelly Lake Trail Coit Road Kelly Cabin Canyon Trail
    Cross Canyon Trail Coit Springs Trail Cattle Duster Trail Domino Pond Trail
    Wasno Road Dexter Trail Grizzly Gulch Trail Serpentine Trail Steer Ridge Road
    Middle Steer Ridge Trail Hunting Hollow Road Hunting Hollow parking.
    Total time = 6:11 / Moving time = 3:59 / Miles = 23.08 / Footies = 4,481'

















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    The A Ride

    So, truth be told I went with the A ride because I knew I'd be the only one with a camera and would have no competition

    The A ride was fun and at a friendly pace. I spent most of the ride watching the single-speeders wondering how anyone could conceive riding a SS in Coe.. my hat is off to you guys! The long option (here) got us 36.6 miles and about 7000 footies. None of us had the legs to descend Cross Canyon and Kelly Cabin Canyon in the end.

    I was surprised when we started that we climbed Coit Rd instead of the usual Anza-Jackson. JL wanted to save energy and get to Middle Ridge as quickly as possible which turned out to be a very good call!

    The other big reason to do the A ride was Middle Ridge! Can't get enough of this trail! On the way there, Plymmer showed us a new singletrack that bypasses one of the Mahoney Meadows climbs

    Big thanks to everyone involved in getting the Fall Circus planned and organized!

    Route: Hunting Hollow Gilroy Hot Springs Rd Coit Rd Mahoney Meadows Rd Unnamed Singletrack Mahoney Meadows Rd China Hole (down) China Hole (up) Manzanita Point Rd Flat Frog something steep Middle Ridge Poverty Flat Rd for lunch. Plymmer abandons us for the tasty option of climbing up Jackass Trail.

    After lunch, Shafer Corral Mahoney Meadows Lost Spring Mahoney Meadows Unnamed singletrack Coit Rd.

    Here the single-speeders went down Cross Canyon and Grapevine while those of us with gears, headed higher for a longer downhill to the end.: Coit Rd Wasno Rd Domino Pond Cattle Duster Grapevine Anza Coit Gilroy Hot Springs Rd Hunting Hollow.

    The A riders climb up Coit Rd


    Where there is water and Plymmer, there shall be rock skipping


    Manzanita Point Rd with the anticipation of Flat Frog on our minds


    Plymmer contemplating his options (this may be the last sighting of his legs for a while)!


    Pimp-Al crosses the creek at the end of Flat Frog


    I swear this bike actually floated on the water with its huge front tire!


    Regrouping at the top of the Poverty Flat Rd climb


    Plymmer says "see ya suckers" and ascends Jackass Trail


    New golf putting green and sand trap at Los Cruzeros


    Resolve was fading after the Lost Spring Trail climb.. the words "bailout option" were spoken


    Bart, JL and I cruised over Coit and Wasno to Domino Pond for the standard Domino/Cattle/Grapevine/Anza downhill back
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    I had a great time. I started out with the A group and on middle ridge caught up with Jeff and Paul and decided to go with them to (as Jeff called it) Funkytown. I knew there was intense pain and climbing involved and felt very strong yesterday. Great riding with JL's group and chatting with various members of the group. I love the social aspects of these rides. Great conversations. Lovely. Middle Ridge was a blast. I was being tailed and made me faster and making a very great descent. Thanks for having.

    The second bit of the ride was also well enjoyed. Pain, glorious pain. Up Jack Ass Trail. Too many trees down to clean. The volunteers and I will have to get out there with hand saws and clean it up yet again. I was knackered after that! Then it was up the first bit of Blue Ridge Road (by that time Jeff and Paul were hike-a-biking) which I cleaned. I was having a glorious climbing day. Then down Black Oak Spring Trail. Fun and remote. Also, very raw and treacherous, hard to stay on the trail. Not many trees down there. Very clear. We stopped at Black Oak Spring to fill up with water. All of us were low. Very good water and remote. Thanks Springs Committee! Then down to the bottom. Up an excruciating climb to Hat Rock.

    At the top, we rested. Nobody climbed Hat Rock. One imitated it.

    Then the descent down Rock House Ridge Trail. Long and great and fast! We all had big smiles on our face after that one. The Narrows Trail then the Mahoney Wall, Lost Spring Trail and a rest at the top. And there was the group of about 7 we saw at Poverty Flat. Back then one of the riders was crossing a deep creek and made a spectacular flop into the water, completely drenched. We laughed a bit, then karmically Jeff toppled into the creek. Paul and I played it safe. I chatted with them a bit and rested. Back a bit sore. Worth it.

    Onward. Continue on. We came out on Coit road from Mahoney Meadows Road and climbed to Cross Canyon Trail. Jeff stopped to rest strategically past the trail head. He was bound to head to Middle Steer Ridge Trail, bless him. We were pretty tired and climbing the Coit Road proved difficult. Paul was cramping and I was slow (as I get on long ascents up fire roads).

    We took Wasno (pronounced "was no" since there "was no" road there before, way back when) to Dexter Trail and flew down that. So many great descents in one day! I love this place!!!! Grizzly Gulch Trail to the beginning of the horrifying Serpentine Trail. Ahhhhhh!! Determined to clean it yet again, I went 1st. 7 tough sections. One by one I did it all. A thorough cleaning. I had to lay down. Good thing I was way ahead of Paul and Jeff. They arrived later and I saddled up for the wonder known as Middle Steer Ridge Trail and what a descent. The crown jewel of Coe (not taking away from Middle Ridge descent). Too much fun. You have to pay for your pleasure at Coe. I'll pay that any day.

    Down in HH parking lot (after several creek crossings) we see only 2 from the day's festivities. Larry and Charlie. I was very happy to see Larry as I haven't talked to him for a while. I know he loves Coe and was glad his exile from the place was lifted. Jolly banter and glowing in our feat of the day. Looks like it was a near 10K. 9,500 ft. I'm glad I found Jeff and Paul. Nice to extend the ride. Thanks again for letting me hang with the A group. Fun! Great event!

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    Call our ride what you will, FE and I peeled off the back of the B ride and picked up some of the 'no fireroad' C riders. The collective allure of riding primarily singletrack over the alternative fire roads and in addition to that, descending swoopy, fun singletrack made for a good group ride.

    I am notoriously bad with trail names so here's a link to the track and good luck! Google Earth We went about 16 miles and 3100'. Sounds like a good ratio to me!

    Now, for pictures:

    Tasty morsel:
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    Karen:
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    Randy:
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    JustJeff:
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    ibkrgal and FE:
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    ATBScott:
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    Regroup:
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    Fearless Leader at a normally empty pond:
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    Between a broken spoke (FE) and a stuck brake caliper (Scott) repair during this ride, I would allow these guys to work on my bike any time...that is if they live through it.
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    A little bruised,bloody ,sprained and sweaty.It was a great ride! Thanks to everyone who had a hand in putting this together.The food was awesome,the people as always are great,and lots of cool pictures.
    Now I understand what the co. factor is all about.I'll looking forward to the next ride

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    Corrections

    Quote Originally Posted by plymmer
    Down in HH parking lot (after several creek crossings) we see only 2 from the day's festivities. Larry and Charlie. I was very happy to see Larry as I haven't talked to him for a while. I know he loves Coe and was glad his exile from the place was lifted. Jolly banter and glowing in our feat of the day. Looks like it was a near 10K. 9,500 ft. ...
    Roy.
    I was happy to see you yesterday as well. I was hanging around with Charlie who I hadn't seen for a while, also hoping to catch you come in. I always enjoy your write ups. Not many get the sadomasochistic spirit of Henry Coe, that superb combination of remote harshness, beauty, and pain. (Although for me it's often more exhaustion than pain since I don't even attempt to ride up the things you can do.)

    I've not been exiled from Henry Coe. Rather I've been doing solo trips there over the last months, as I'm too slow for group rides and enjoy my own pace. I often rode solo before MTBR group rides, but my wife worried too much. Now my SPOT PLB helps her fears about me going solo. Yesterday's delightful trip makes me want to get back there even more often. I can't believe it took until now discover Middle Steer Ridge, right there at HH, after all my years of riding deep into HC.

    And let me add detail to your "9500" title:
    Roy's Calories Expended: 9500
    Roy's Calories Consumed: 130 (maybe a cookie)

    In contrast, here's my stats:
    BL's Calories Expended: 3400
    BL's Calories Consumed: 3400 What a great BBQ!

    We're sure to run into each other again some day. I'm glad to see you got the newer Vista GPS for logging your journeys.
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    [QUOTE=Skyline35]
    Skyline35, luv your pix thanks again for sharing!

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    Thanks for sharing your cool pix Dan!

    [QUOTE=dan51]Great ride today. Next time we won't be doing the suffer fest up Serpentine.
    It did feel like we were going uphill all day though.
    Thanks for the snacks and tri-tip JJ.

    Thanks Dan...it was great riding with you and the crew this weekend, albeit only for a short time! Hopefully I can hang out longer on the next ride!

    Regards,
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    Middle Steer Ridge Trail

    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    I can't believe it took until now discover Middle Steer Ridge, right there at HH, after all my years of riding deep into HC.

    And let me add detail to your "9500" title:
    Roy's Calories Expended: 9500
    Roy's Calories Consumed: 130 (maybe a cookie)

    In contrast, here's my stats:
    BL's Calories Expended: 3400
    BL's Calories Consumed: 3400 What a great BBQ!

    We're sure to run into each other again some day. I'm glad to see you got the newer Vista GPS for logging your journeys.
    I've been finishing my rides with Middle Steer Ridge Trail for a while now. A couple of years ago Tahoe BC converted me to the glory that is Middle Steer Ridge Trail. I feel I deserve it after Serpentine rather than just coming out of Mahoney Meadows Road and going up Coit Road a short distance then doing Grapevine.

    I did eat. I had a Cliff Bar. That seemed enough.

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    [QUOTE=ratpick]So, truth be told I went with the A ride because I knew I'd be the only one with a camera and would have no competition

    The A ride was fun and at a friendly pace. I spent most of the ride watching the single-speeders wondering how anyone could conceive riding a SS in Coe.. my hat is off to you guys! The long option (here) got us 36.6 miles and about 7000 footies. None of us had the legs to descend Cross Canyon and Kelly Cabin Canyon in the end.

    I was surprised when we started that we climbed Coit Rd instead of the usual Anza-Jackson. JL wanted to save energy and get to Middle Ridge as quickly as possible which turned out to be a very good call!

    The other big reason to do the A ride was Middle Ridge! Can't get enough of this trail! On the way there, Plymmer showed us a new singletrack that bypasses one of the Mahoney Meadows climbs

    Big thanks to everyone involved in getting the Fall Circus planned and organized!

    Route: Hunting Hollow Gilroy Hot Springs Rd Coit Rd Mahoney Meadows Rd Unnamed Singletrack Mahoney Meadows Rd China Hole (down) China Hole (up) Manzanita Point Rd Flat Frog something steep Middle Ridge Poverty Flat Rd for lunch. Plymmer abandons us for the tasty option of climbing up Jackass Trail.

    After lunch, Shafer Corral Mahoney Meadows Lost Spring Mahoney Meadows Unnamed singletrack Coit Rd.

    Here the single-speeders went down Cross Canyon and Grapevine while those of us with gears, headed higher for a longer downhill to the end.: Coit Rd Wasno Rd Domino Pond Cattle Duster Grapevine Anza Coit Gilroy Hot Springs Rd Hunting Hollow.


    Nice pics Patrick and good call on bringing your camera for the A group. It was probably the only proof that an "A" group existed for the Coe ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by plymmer
    I had a great time. I started out with the A group and on middle ridge caught up with Jeff and Paul and decided to go with them to (as Jeff called it) Funkytown...
    Too bad I couldn't make it on Saturday, as descending Middle Ridge, Rock House Ridge and Middle Steer Ridge on a single ride is about the finest Coe route idea I can think of! Now if we could squeeze in Dutch's as well...

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    Dutch's Addition

    Quote Originally Posted by ElHombre
    Too bad I couldn't make it on Saturday, as descending Middle Ridge, Rock House Ridge and Middle Steer Ridge on a single ride is about the finest Coe route idea I can think of! Now if we could squeeze in Dutch's as well...
    Well, there is next weekend. I had an idea to combine Bear Mt. with Dutch's. I bet that's a 10K. Something spectacular would be nice for the last day of DST.

    Roy.

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    The wife and I saw the last group heading out when we pulled into the lot.
    Looks like it was a great time.
    Hope to make it to the next one.

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    Okay, who did it?

    Last Saturday, there was this down tree near the top of Cross Canyon Trail that Charlie had cleaned up a little. It looked like this:


    Today, it has gotten all cleared and looked like this:


    It could been cleared before or during yesterday's B ride, but looking back, we thought it was more likely to be this guy we ran into on Cross Canyon Trail (a little before the last creek crossing). He was wearing a red kit and riding an old (clicking and cluncking) Giant NRS with a very long saw duct taped to the top tube . When we ran into him, we all stopped and exchanged friendly greetings. He said, "The trail had been cleared up now." We thought he meant the trail was in good condition and had been cleared up due to yesterday's traffic, so we sincerely agreed with him. Only after I rode past that spot where I was supposed to crawl under a tree, it dawned on me what he could have meant. Anyway, if nobody else claims the credit, and if someone reading this thread knows this guy based on my description, please give him a shout out that we said "Thank you!"

    BTW, I'm sorry we had to miss the fun ride with the group, but all the great pictures and stories somewhat made up for my loss. Thanks! After my last weekend's pre-ride with Charlie and Derek, I really wanted to take Erik on this totally awesome route (Thanks Dan for the great idea). We had plans for Saturday and Sunday is our Coe buddy Derek's riding day anyway, so we were a day late for the Fall Circus, but a perfect ride nonetheless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudworm
    Last Saturday, there was this down tree near the top of Cross Canyon Trail that Charlie had cleaned up a little. It looked like this:
    That tree was clear yesterday as we climbed. AFAIK, nobody from the B ride cleared it.
    Must be trail fairies.

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    What a fun time for my first HCFC. Great weather, singletrack, food, meeting new peeps...what more can you ask for?
    Thanks JustJeff, Fast Eddy, Dan'ger, Atbscott,Ibikergal, and my SO, Randy for suggesting all the awsome singletrack.

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    Thanks JL for leading us around you did a fantastic job.
    I know there was a part of you that wanted to be watching your son race,
    so I appreciate you being there. Hope to see you again in Dec,
    And It was great to ride with the other A group riders as well,
    Great first time for me at Coe!
    Mark
    We'll have to do it again soon. May be a HCWC at the end of December?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger
    I am notoriously bad with trail names so here's a link to the track and good luck!
    Looks to me like: Hunting Hollow Gilroy Hot Springs Rd Coit Rd Anza Jackson Elderberry Springs (lower) Rock Tower Elderberry Springs (upper) Jackson Rd Wasno Rd Domino Pond Cattle Duster Coit Spring Grapevine Anza Coit Rd Gilroy Hot Springs Rd Hunting Hollow

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElHombre
    Too bad I couldn't make it on Saturday, as descending Middle Ridge, Rock House Ridge and Middle Steer Ridge on a single ride is about the finest Coe route idea I can think of! Now if we could squeeze in Dutch's as well...

    Pretty fun combo, I think Rock House Ridge is even faster than middle ridge, at least it was Saturday according to my top speed-o-meter.

    We decided we should strap a 40 pound bag of potatoes to Roy so he can see what it's like for us to climb those hills or donate his body to science.

    Check out the photo's of my new BFF I met this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC
    Check out the photo's of my new BFF I met this weekend.
    DUDE! I just twitched trying to shake that thing off when I saw your pic. I hate spiders, especially big hairy ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
    DUDE! I just twitched trying to shake that thing off when I saw your pic. I hate spiders, especially big hairy ones.
    That is a big one, but the smaller ones that can hold on while sprinting upside down are much scarier. Ask me how I know.

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    the spiders just straight up freak me out. You're crazy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC
    Pretty fun combo, I think Rock House Ridge is even faster than middle ridge, at least it was Saturday according to my top speed-o-meter.

    We decided we should strap a 40 pound bag of potatoes to Roy so he can see what it's like for us to climb those hills or donate his body to science.

    Check out the photo's of my new BFF I met this weekend.
    That's one big tick indeed! I like the idea of the potato-Roy experiment - maybe next week, he wanted to do something special to mark the end of DST?

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    OK Eddy - ya got me - how do you know?

    (FWIW - I have been bitten by both a Black Widow and a Brown Recluse in this lifetime... Don't go out of your way to try it with either - not a fun experience but very survivable)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ATBScott
    OK Eddy - ya got me - how do you know?
    Cheseboro Park in Calebases, riding with Pacman Doug, they blew by a little spider on the road on the way back to the cars. I stopped to check it out, picked it up and it proceeded to take off around the underside of my arm and onto my back. I heard screams and realized they were coming out of me. I took off running and never did figure out what happened to it.

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    Last DLST Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by ElHombre
    That's one big tick indeed! I like the idea of the potato-Roy experiment - maybe next week, he wanted to do something special to mark the end of DST?
    Bear Mt & Dutch's. Sat, 8:30am start. Bring potatoes.

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    Thanks for the memories !

    Mudworm and Skyline35, thanks for posting the pic's of Henry Coe. It brings back allot of great memories.

    I started my MTB riding there. It all started as a mode of transpotation to get back into Kelly, Coit and Mississippi lakes to fish, but then I soon realized I enjoyed the ride in more than the actual fishing.....

    I rode Coe from 1994-1999 (I lived in Gilroy at the time) before moving to Phoenix, AZ.

    I love the riding in Arizona (we have everything from techie rock, epic XC, slick rock, pine forest, etc.), but I sure do miss the scenery and wildlife in Coe (I once stopped counting wild pigs one morning after I reached 60).

    During the summer when I am here riding in 110-115 degrees, I think about how nice it would be down at China Camp next to the creek in mid 80 degree weather anticipating the climb back out (then crabbing a super taco back in town).

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    I'm not used to being called out like that. But thank you vmb for sharing your fondness for Henry Coe with us even though you have moved away. I only got to know about Coe last year and now I feel lucky to be among those people who see the beauty in this place.

    I take it that you might have visited our photo gallery where we keep our photos from those Coe adventures. I sometimes feel that I'm like that cat wearing a camera on his collar. He goes out to explore and the camera shoots photos regularly. I'm not an artist as many people on this forum and even just in this thread are, but I like to take photos regularly. Lucky for me, Henry Coe is just naturally photogenic.

    P.S. I've posted my Post-HCFC B ride report if anyone is interested.
    Inch by inch, I will get there...
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    Video of first part of the B ride up to the top of Elderberry Spring trail.

    Hope you enjoy, it was a spectacular October day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by switchbaxr
    Hope you enjoy, it was a spectacular October day!
    Awesome video! I almost bust a gut in the first 10 seconds. "Yeah Chaaaarleee" sounded just like those irritating unicorns from Charlie the Unicorn. "We're on a bridge Charlie!"

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    Thanks knobs.

    Quote Originally Posted by knobs
    Awesome video! I almost bust a gut in the first 10 seconds. "Yeah Chaaaarleee" sounded just like those irritating unicorns from Charlie the Unicorn. "We're on a bridge Charlie!"
    LOL ...Charlie was leading us to the candy mountains of Coe, fortunately no one lost a kidney on this ride
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    Always cool to see switchbaxr's photos and videos - Thanks. I soo need to get out to Coe for the first time.

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    Thanks mmanuel09!

    Quote Originally Posted by mmanuel09
    Always cool to see switchbaxr's photos and videos - Thanks. I soo need to get out to Coe for the first time.
    See ya on the next ride bro!

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    Great Video

    Thanks for putting the video together. Great shots, music and really captured the essence of the day.
    Bob

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    Thanks for the nice words caldaw!

    Quote Originally Posted by caldaw
    Thanks for putting the video together. Great shots, music and really captured the essence of the day.
    Bob
    Now I know your mtbr handle, see ya out on the trails soon!

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