When I look back at my ride log I see 443 miles for the year. Thatâ€™s the equivalent of riding from Phoenix to Moab but still only a warm-up ride for Scott Morris, who logged over 5,000 miles last year. So I’m no Scott Morris, but I’m OK with that.
My 443 miles of trail included 41 rides covering 19 destination/trails. I went on three road trips â€“ to Gooseberry Mesa in the spring, Little Creek Mesa in the fall, and Bootleg Canyon for Interbike.
I rode my favorite trails a handful of time each: Pass Mountain, Hawes, Desert Classic, and Casa Grande Mountain. I even explored a few new trails Iâ€™d been dreaming about for a long timeâ€¦FINS, Sunrise, Santan, and Geronimo. I had a great year â€“ despite a short “break” from riding that drove me (and my wife) insane for a full hundred days.
My mountain biking dreams this year are simple: Adventure â€“ Explore. Forget about the classic rides, Iâ€™m looking for new trails, new turns, and new tech. On target are: Goat Camp, Black Canyon Trail System, Cave Creek, Six Shooters, Area 52, Tucson, Flagstaff, and Sedona.
I may not ride more this year, but at least Iâ€™ll see new dirt. Road trips to Fruita, New Mexico and Moab are simmering on the back burner too. So even though my 443 miles last year pale in comparison to other riders out there, these 443 miles are all mine. My sweat and my blood burned the tread on my tires to earn spectacular views of this desert paradise. I wouldn’t trade my miles for anyone’s.
So hereâ€™s to 2008â€¦the adventure never ends.