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    My Legs Hurt.

    After the epic riding of last week, I a nice mellow weekend would have been the smart thing to do. But that would be fun.

    Saturday we set out for the backside of the mountain for a nice spin. The plan was to ride Sulfur springs to Faulty to Oso Corridor to Tree Springs to 10k and back. 12 miles, 5 hours, and ~3000 total vertical. This route is a nice slow speed technical climb. Granny most of the way, up over and through rocks even more of the time. So much for an easy spin.
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    we did stop to smell the flowers

    but not for long. there was a big down hill to be had.
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    That was the easy ride. Then came sunday...

    Sunday was the big one. We ventured up to the Jemez again. This time on the other side of the mountain range to a place near Cochiti Mesa. This trip we only did 37 miles, 7 hours, and 4500 feet of vertical. Ouch. My legs all but quit on me. Fortunately we had a 3000 foot decent. To give me shot of adrenaline. The drop started out on a forgotten rockey road. Covered with everything from baby heads to boulders. The high speed wide open track let you become one with the bike and find the flow the rocks dictated. After a few miles of this we hit the 6 mile singletrack decent.

    Surfing was the name of the game at the top, because the trail surface was foot deep decomposing pumice. If you’ve been to Colorado Springs you know what this feels like. After the pumice, came more rocks, logs, and stream crossings. Wow what fun. I can’t remember much of the downhill, because one had to simply react to the rapidly changing situations. A definite moment of Zen.
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    More Pics from Cochiti

    Do we look a little tired in this group shot? =)
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    looks niiiiiiice!

    hoping to hit GITA again this year! (yeah, i know, not quite the same spot)
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    That's what Mondays are for...

    Recovery Days!

    What a Great Ride!

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    Good job! Amazing Pics

    These pics are great!!!

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    looks like a great weekend. i was supposed to go up and ride crosstowns this morning (which i'm sure you rode) but my riding partner bailed on me. soon though. it looks nice up there!

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    Nice pics. Long live long rides!

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    thanks everyone.

    Beth it is nice up there. getting up there is work though. we missed you on this ride.
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    Who's the guy in the PSU jersey?

    Curious because I rode with the PSU Cycling Club while I was in college and have a jersey like that.

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    His name is Rick.

    He rarely lurks here so I can say he's a real tool. =)
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    Nice thread, looks like you had a great time.

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    Sweeeeeeeet! Uber-passion hit... Thanks!
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    it's not work for me to get up there. it's about a 15 minute drive to the start of crosstowns.

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    Rick must have a dozen of those jerseys, both short & long sleeve, or so it seems. He's originally from Pennsyltucky, went to PSU, and has been here in LA for at least a decade. He's 37, if that helps you determine whether you might have been at PSU at the same time. Email me offlist if you want his contact info. He's an all-round great guy, and a wonderful riding partner. (BTW, sweet pics Brian! Wish I'd have had the time to do the ride.)
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    Great post, Brian. As always..

    That was the longest mtn bike ride I've done yet! I was kinda tired yesterday, but surprisingly my legs were not sore.

    There were a couple of points out on the trail, tho, where I wondered how the hell I was gonna make it back!

    Thanks for the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NuMexJoe
    Rick must have a dozen of those jerseys, both short & long sleeve, or so it seems. He's originally from Pennsyltucky, went to PSU, and has been here in LA for at least a decade. He's 37, if that helps you determine whether you might have been at PSU at the same time. Email me offlist if you want his contact info. He's an all-round great guy, and a wonderful riding partner. (BTW, sweet pics Brian! Wish I'd have had the time to do the ride.)
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    Pennsyltucky, everything between Philly and Pittsburg! I don't hear that very much anymore, thanks for the laugh.

    I finished in 1997, so he's got a few years on me, I wouldn't have been there at the same time. Thanks anyway.

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    Nice pics Brian

    and it was a great ride with a good group.

    Gary & I have been discussing another great ride to where we would first start out our normal way (which is sort of in reverse of what you did) so that we would hit both Carl Shipman and Media Dia downhill. Would have to climb killer switchbacks twice, but should be epic (~ 45miles or so). We'll keep you posted if you guys want to hit that one.

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