Monday, September 18, 2006

All That and Then Some

   Greetings. I went on my first ride up in Taos the other day. For my first ride I decided to do Matt's Double Boundary Ride. We were to meet at the Bean at 6:30 in the AM ready to go. It had sounded like there was gonna be a few SingleSpeeders there, as it turned out it was only Scott Sportsman and me. The rest had full squishy cheater bikes. They all knew how to ride em quite well. Matt was the guy putting on the whole shindig. He has created a whole series of long distance type ride/races in New Mexico I hope to do more of them. Matt likes to go real hard though. His wife(or girlfriend) Jenny did a B ride that was shorter. It would be good to have a B ride for the long distance ride as well in the future too(for slackers such as myself). All in all it was a GREAT day. The best ride I have had since I arrived here in New Mexico. I didn't really know where we were going but the general jest is we rode the Capulin Trail to Devisidero Trail then on to Bull Spring Meadow up to Palo Flechado Pass(and the food cache) to the Elliot Barker trail then to Osha Mountain to The South Boundary Trail.I missed a section called Jaracita trail cause I am a wimp. It was a good group. Mostly hammers. I didn't get too many good shots but I got a few here are some. Ohh yeaa we finished the ride at Eskes a brewpub in Taos that was pretty good. Definitely not 2nd Street level but good enuff. They had a burrito called a Fatty there that I had. It was tasty especially after I had a Phatty.
Everyone preparing for the ride at The Bean.

After a little road ride up 64 we got onto dirt. Here we go

The fog driving to Taos in the morning was crazy thick and it was thick for the beginning of our ride as well

Scott the other SingleSpeeder on his Gunnar taking a shot of our past

First regroup. I have a lot of break shots cause I was just trying to keep in contact with the group.

This ride produced many Grins

The fog hangs tuff while I look for pink ribbons

Riders in the FOG

Another break in the fog but the fog isn't breaking.... Yet

Marching on... This section of trail had lots of fresh Bear Shit on the trail. Made me nervous

The fog finally lifting

Scott doesn't even take the time to get off his bike....

Coming through a fun downhill section

Scott taking a seat after a fall

Nate checking out the roadies on the enchanted Circle century

Nate took a power nap while we(Nate Richard and I) waited for most of the group who took a extra section of trail.Nates power nap truly did wonders cause he stepped it up a notch after that.

Climbing up Elliot Barker.

More climbing on Elliot Barker

I think this is the only shot of the front of Matt I got.

I believe it is Dave, Jens and Matt taking off once again.

This would be the last time I would see these guys till Eske's

This is where we went astray we ended up missing a turn and descending into this canyon after reaching osha peak it morally knocked me down.

Richard and Scott try to get us back to Taos

Scott enjoying the end of the South Boundary trail.

I kept seeing Taos below but it didn't seem to get any closer.

   The Longest mountain bike ride I have done non stop at one time. About 65 miles and 12,000 ft of climbing.( I think)
   What is in your audio player? I have the new Sonic Youth- Rather Ripped in mine. VERY NICE.
    I will leave this post with another tasty sunset



StageWest said...

Good job pulling off a long, hard ride on one gear!

You were in some strong company!

Tubeular Visions said...

Nice man,
six five,
good read,
and pics,
and cocktail,

ups thats mine;)

Matt said...

Thx for coming along Tim! I hope we can continue to make a go of these rides. It was a bummer on the other SS guys backing out. Fred had work, Brent had school, and Jeff had to work as well. I just wish they had said something earlier - but we did get a good group nonetheless.

I'd like to give it a go on a SS bike sometime myself, but Wily is out for repair to the chainstay right now.

Great job again Tim, you totally kicked some tail!

gwadzilla said...

did you change the name of your blog?