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    Shh! Listen! You smell that? [o]

    The month of August has been very kind to me. Much riding. No big trips, no epic adventures. Just good riding, on trails I like, with people I like.

    Mhtfd was nice enough to show me around his backyard trails. Some sweet stuff! The air was thick and near choking, with humidity saved from the rains of the night before. Saturated air had riding duds clammy and stinking within minutes.


    The rock in this area was super slick when wet, yet the wood work was not really all that bad. The cut down tops surely helped.




    Nice work, trail gnomes.


    Then. It began to drizzle. Cool. I mean, you're already drenched and stinking, right? Even if it's merely a perceptual trick of the mind, it sure felt a couple degrees cooler, and you certainly feel a bit nicer having some of the salty-greasy dreck washed away.



    My local daily driver trails aren't anything spectacular. They are close by. They offer little in the way of vertical challenge. They do have a fair bit of rock to keep occupied with. They are a hell of a lot of fun.














    It's getting on towards fall in these parts.


    This means the acorns are back. Little marbles of death. Entering into a rocky, rooty section, or a corner where features have acted as little catch basins of evil keeps things interesting.


    Which means the last day of weekday lift access at Diablo is near. I find myself...not really caring. The DH thing is fun. Enough so that a dedicated lift bike and a season pass is a desirous thing. A day at the lifts is fun, yet I find myself enjoying my pedal time more when not there. Now, is that the two hour drive talking? I dunno. I've come to realize just general trail riding, on burly trail with some drops, rolls, tight and twisty technical rocky and rooty bits is my thing. Give me hours of that, and that is enough lift. Another day or two there before last call this year ought to do me just fine. I'm sure a pass will still find its way to me for next year, and the big bike certainly isn't going anywhere.


    Millers Pond. This place rules. The builder has some constraints, not a lot of vert to work with, not the largest parcel of land either. Yet they have managed to make the place absolutely kick-ass. I love it. Fast bits, chunky rock, cross stuntry, log rides, small drops and rolls all over the place. The only pics tend to end up being the stuntry - otherwise, we just keep pedaling.


    It's giggle inducing.


    Super fun.


    Having fun?


    See?


    Giggles.


    I meant to do that.














    Shadooooooooow!


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    Good Times. Dippin' Sauce. So, so tasty. This one was saved (okay, well, hoarded) from our last visit to Colorado for just such a time of need. Combined with the onion rings, vanilla shake, and bacon-cheeseburger from the local Sycamore joint - drooooool. The salty-sweet-fatty-proteiny combo was deeeeelicious.


    Nothing really much about the rest of these. Some solo, some not. Much of my ride time tends to be solo. This is nice, as I enjoy it.










    The downside comes when it's time for the fast group ride, and my plodding along at my own pace on my solo rides hits hard. Ooooch.


    Dig down deep, and pedal. Cough a lung up. I don't really care that my fitness is rather stagnant. I'm not getting slower, just not any faster. Sure, tailored training rides or road rides would help, but, meh. The more than normal for me amount of group rides this last month seem to have helped though, pushing myself to at the very least not be last.










    Get out there, pedal for fun, pedal for fitness, pedal to make yourself feel all warm and funny, like when you used to climb the rope in gym class.

    Cheers!
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    Freaking sweet. Thanks for the hit!

    p.s. thanks too for the real bike content around the mushroom pic!
    Here's my crummy, slow-going blog The Slow Spoke if you're interested.

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    very nice, trails look awesome ! and that tumbler is probably my favorite Sierra Nevada seasonal

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    "Cross stuntry." I think you just coined another new term for AM.

    Sweet pics as always. Thanks for the stoke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish_matt
    "Cross stuntry." I think you just coined another new term for AM.

    Sweet pics as always. Thanks for the stoke!
    beats "pulled the trigger" or "gnar" thats for sure

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    Great photos!

    Daily driver trails, I like that, might have to borrow that term...

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    Yes, I can smell fall in the air here as well. Makes me want to get out and ride. Hopefully soon.

    That looks like some fun, chunky, "stuntry" stuff.
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    awesome pics! where are you? that stuff looks fuuuuunnnn!

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    Nice looking mix of fun stuff. Who you gonna call?

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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    Daily driver trails, I like that, might have to borrow that term...
    Me too, very clever .
    Great shots and write up.

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    Good stuff

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    Always enjoy your posts. Just the right balance of words and pics. Just the right words to go with the pics.

    Keep on keepin' on.

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    I envy you for having a wonderful playground like that.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Leafy Greens with a Side of Granite

    Nice post. Thanks for the stokage.

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    Very good ride report!!
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    sick those trails look awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Always enjoy your posts. Just the right balance of words and pics. Just the right words to go with the pics.

    Keep on keepin' on.

    MC
    Thanks. I consider that quite a compliment, having seen your pics and read your verbiage.

    Thanks everyone else, and glad to provide some pixels.
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    Thanks for the excellent pics and words. Reminds me to love my local trails.
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    more puuullleeese. god those are great! Makes me sometimes think of moving back Home to NH.
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    To bad its nighttime and I've already done a good ride today because I just caught a stoke. Love the pics of the trail dogs too. Im gonna start takin my black lab "Jack" with me.

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    scrublover, your posts always inspire me. Thank you!

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    Sweet Pics. You did pick and eat that sulfur shelf aka. chicken of the woods, right? We found a 10 pound specimen last fall on a ride that made the most delicious quiche EVAR!

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    Yep. Fun. You definitely get it!

    Thanks for posting another enjoyable read.
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    Awesome photos! Looks exactly like the type of stuff my buddies and I would make a pretty good drive to rip up. Where is this?
    Go ride your bike.

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