Friday, August 29, 2008

Monarch Crest or SSWC08?

   Took the family up to Salida a few weeks ago. This was our 2nd trip up there and it did not disappoint. I met up with Bill and Jessica for some riding. We did 2 rides over the weekend. First ride was a killer 35 mile ride starting up at the Monarch crest ski area down to Silver Creek down to the Rainbow trail. WOW! what a ride that was. Bill, Jessica and I went up to the ski area round 10 o'clock and ended up meeting up with Maka and some other assorted Santa Feans. After the ride Autumn, Ella and I went for a soak up at Mt Princton Hot Springs. The next day we were thinking about riding Raspberry Gulch up on the Colorado trail. We ended up not feeling like driving back up to the trail Which started right by the hotsprings we were at the night before. So we opted for the Bear Creek road to Rainbow trail loop which starts and ends in town. We heart Salida. Here are a few pics from the Salida trip.
   First though, Ella and I just got back from a trip out to San Francisco to visit with my brother and his familia. For my 40th birthday my bro and his wife got us all tix for the Outside Lands Fest which was freakin awesome. It was happening all weekend and we had tix for all 3 nights. I was also there to race in the SSWC08 which was equally as killer. In retrospect I think I tried to do too much and I had the worse bonk I have ever suffered in a mountain bike in my life. I was just happy to finish the race by the end. I really thought I was gonna need some medical attention. I will redeem myself next year in Durango. It was great to see some old friends from the east and also to see Scott Sportsman who is living in cali now in Bakersfield. I did not take any pics at the race at all but my bro did and maybe I can get him to send me a few of his to post up. The Cali peeps put on an impressive event the course was FUN. A fellow BTI employee Mike went out and smoked the course and took 15th. Way to go Mike. Thanks to Curtis and everyone else who put it together.

Mark and Bill having what appears to be a good ol time.

Steve not looking happy. I bet he is though

Bill and Isaac feeling the flow

Dropping back into the trees

Jessica ripping the trails sans gears

Isaac rolling along

Let the fun begin... ohh yeaa it all ready did

The Rainbow trail gives birth to a Maka

    After the ride some of us rode back to the shuttle place and waited for the others to retrieve the vehicles from the ski area.

    Then for the Wise's it was off to Mt.Princton Hot Springs. We loved this place. It was a little pricey but really fun. They had two big pools then they had all these neat little pools made just from rocks along the river.

   After our soak we met up with Bill and Jessica in town for some pizza. This politician using the green thang for political gain.Cool non the less

The next day I met Bill and Jessica and we rode up to Bear Creek rd.

It was always nice to find some shade on the climb up

Little cloud poking his head up.To see what was going on.

Then it was onto the Guts trail

Bill traveling through the small intestines I believe

   Then Ella and I journey'd to San Francisco for the SSWC and for the Outside Lands festival as well as a general visit with the family. We had a great trip. Ella and I both want to pack up and go back to live. THe race was INCREDIBLE. I had a SUPER bonk like I have never had in my life as I stated before. I felt fine the first lap but about half way through the 2nd lap I knew I was gonna be in trouble. Still had a blast though. Very dissapointed in myself though. Here are my tracks from the race.

I poached this picture from ibikergal.

After I crossed the finish line, Ella came up to me and asked me why I was sooo late

   The reason these races RIP is hanging out with like minded peeps and seeing old friends Joe and I chatting it up.
The last 3 pictures were poached from Scotts lovely blog. A BIG ol thanks to Mister Sportsman for the bottle of Stranahans. Seeing ol' Scott made me miss him. Wish he hadn't left New Mex.

   The Outside Lands Fest was freakin awesome. Too much to recount. I will say that Radiohead was incredible. Even with the audio problems. Primus was a nice surprise. I was wondering around about to leave and I decided to check them out. I had seen them before years ago at Lalapalooza and didn't think I was interested in seeing them again but they ripped.

Primus had 2 giant astronauts on stage

You gotta love a city that has bike valet parking at a concert.

We also snuck in a visit to the Deyoung for the Chihuly exhibit goin on.

    We are trying to get back out to SF in OCtober for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in the park which is FREE. Mostly so I can see Iron and Wine and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

    What is in your audio player? I have Small Sur in mine. Yet another Baltimore band making waves.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Glory Days

   Decided to hit up the lovely Glorieta trails the other day. It started out great. We had a good group consisting of Mark, Monica, Preston, Anthony and myself. We started the ascent and about 2 miles up my Avid BB7's had a malfunction. the clip that goes in between the pads on the brake got caught into the pads and rotor and got all tore up. So I had no rear brake at that point. Anthony was kind enuff to bail with me at that point and descend back to the car and go all the way back to his house and get a pad and clip from his house and then we went back and did the ride sans mechanincals. Unfortunately the original plan was to climb up to the tower on Glorieta Baldy then descend down Apache Canyon and ride the fun dirt trails/roads to Canada De Los Alamos. We didn't really have enuff time to do that so we just descended the singletrack back to the Baptist Center. Anthony and I got some fun pictures so half are mine and half are his.
    First though I would like to say that I finally finished a NMES ride/race and it was on my home turf at the Santa Fe Big Friggin Loop. I am stoked to finally do one of these damn things. Hopefully I can go back to back and finish the Double Boundary.
    I took a few pictures from the Big Friggin Loop.

The start was at 2nd street at 6 in the morning. I saw a half pint full of IPA on the patio .Is it wrong that I wanted to go drink it?

People coming up Hyde Park to the Chamiza to the first food stop. I would not of been able to finish the ride if they would not of been there with drinks and what not. THANK YOU!

Mark and I decided to take a brake once we made it up to Aspen Vista. Some of the riders opted to keep moving up the road.

When I got to the towers I was alone. I then descended the ski hills and then made it to the next food SAG at the ski hill parking lot.

When we got to this sadlle coming back to Rio en Medio I was definatly feeling it.

   When we got to the Pacheco Winsor intersection I knew I was gonna make it and it felt good. Glen Hooked us up with a few cold cokes that hit spot. Thanks Glen
Came in at 13:43.... man thatr is a long time in the saddle. I wasn't right dfor a week orf so aft erthat one.

   This shows all of the killer trails in Santa Fe. Supposedly there were some Bandeleros out there this day as well. I am glad I did not run into them They seem to not like Single Speed 29er rigid folk. WEAK! I believe we all have a space here under the big ol umbrella of Mountain Biking. 'Cept maybe closed minded fools.
Here are some shots from our ride up to Baldy the other day.

Anthony's new amalgamation.....he is half way to enlightenment of the big wheel variety

Anthony coming down from the tower with his rigid self. Lots of fun rocks up in there.

Anthony rocking it

   What a ride. It was great to go back after my mechanical and reap revenge. Always a fun descent.

    The SSWC is fast approaching. It is gonna be a full week while We are there. On top of doing the race my brother got me a ticket to the Outside Lands Festival. Soo many good people are playing it. Gonna be tuff to squeeze in everything. The race is Sunday and I really wanted to see Broken Social Scene and they are playing Sunday as well so I hope I can get back to the city to see them after the race. Ella and I are also planning on hitting the Pirate store and I also want to take her to the Japanese Tea Garden.

    What is in your audio player? I have been getting into some old punk stuff again lately. I re-aquired Black Flag's Slip It In. I remember seeing Black Flag and Saccharine Trust at Fishermans Inn for Black Flags Slip It In tour. Definitly one of the better shows I saw. Also Fishermans Inn was the first vert ramp I dropped in on. Here is a picture of Paul Wisniewski ripping the ramp before they layered it in steel. circa mid 80's. Paul had heaps of style. Lots of fun was had hanging out with Paul.

I poached this picture from here.Looking at the pictures form that website was like taking a walk thru memory lane.