Away too long

OK. Now that you all know San Tan is Dynamite… we can move on. Apologies for the post drought. Work, family, sleep, and too many road rides have put a damper on my relationship with the mountain. Now that 12 of my last 15 rides have been on the road…I know there is something is wrong with me. I’ve been resisting the urge to buy lycra. Here are some shots from the past few months… When the Saguaro were blooming I watched the bees swarm out on Wild Horse. No…

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Cirque de SoMo

I needed a long ride. My last ditch effort to prepare for the AES Tor de 50 this Saturday. Good thing I took the bike out for a beatdown. I blew a tire at four miles in and broke a spoke at 6 miles in. A slime tube took care of the tire, I’d just have to be careful on the rear wheel spinning on only 27 spokes. I wasn’t calling it due to a spoke… The rest of the ride was uneventful mechanical wise. As for adventure…west SoMo is…

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Helipad TT on Strava

About 3 years ago I started up the Helipad TT to keep track of the fastest times up Helipad at South Mountain. GPS wasn’t as wide spread, mapping applications were still in their early years…well now we have Strava. All you have to do is ride fast with your GPS (or the Strava App) upload and you can see how fast (or slow) you really are. If you don’t have a lot of spare time on your hands, don’t get into Strava. It’s all you will think about once you’ve…

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I Need a Little Time

Five of my last seven rides were on the ROAD. Mind you, I love being on two wheels, skinny or FAT, but I get the most joy on singletrack, in the mountains, away from it all. Wednesday was my only shot this week to stretch my mountain legs after all that road riding. My choice of trail was driven by want for adventure, solitude and a good climb. When I need these three in excess, I head for West South Mountain. Ranger >> National West >> Gila West >> Bees…

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24th Street Climbing

About three weeks ago I grabbed lunch at Rubio’s on 24th Street and Baseline. Instead of eating inside the restaurant I thought it would be fun to eat out at the Mormon trailhead, just a mile away. As two fish tacos were filling my tummy at the trailhead bench, memories of past rides up Mormon filled my head…the last time I climbed 24th St. was during the 2009 mtbr spring fling. I was on the last leg of my legs 26 miles into a 29 mile ride – one hard…

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No Longer Spineless

I knew rain was in the forecast but it didn’t matter. I was riding Wednesday afternoon. My first and only chance this week to get out and smell winter in Phoenix. I met an out-of-stater in the 46th street lot and we set off together to climb National to the waterfall. It was a good climb for me. I felt good, dabbed a few too many times but hey, not every climb can be perfect. We hit the Waterfall and started scoping lines. I pointed out to my new friend…

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Holbert: Proof of Life

If you want to know that you are really alive, a living, breathing mortal, ride your bike down Holbert. Every rock, every boulder, every foot of chunky descent will remind you that you are indeed human, balancing ever so delicately on the mortal divide known as a trail. I set out on Saturday morning to find myself again. I’d been lost, off the bike for two long weeks… I planned to ride National coast to coast hoping to find myself along the way. My plan was going well until I…

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Early Morning National

National at EveryTrail East Loop >> Beverly >> Javelina >> Mormon >> National >> Rest at the Saddle >> National >> Pima >> Chocolate Milk. Great morning to be out. Ran into Harry doing repeats on Javelina. Good to see a friend sweating as much as me at 6 AM. Got chased by a giant fly for a half mile. I couldn’t climb fast enough to rid myself of the thing. It must be the new shampoo. Why I even use shampoo is a mystery in itself. Last week the…

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Northwest Passage

Western South Mountain Perimeter Map your trip with EveryTrail I dreamed this loop up after reading about this VOAZ built trail skirting the northwest boundary of South Mountain from the End of San Juan road to 35th Ave. The plan was to find more trail East of 35th Ave that hooks up to the main system at Central, then find my way back to where I started via Kiwanis or Ranger… whichever trail inspired me. But first I had to get there. Still enjoying the newness of the Bees Knees…

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