Sunday, January 30, 2011

Antelope Peak Challenge

Yesterday was my first Antelope peak Challenge. A 65 mile tour of the desert outside of the town of Oracle Arizona roughly following the Arizona Trail. It was fun trail with no shortage of challenges. The 14 miles of the gas line road were the toughest for me, those hills really kill my energy. However the single track of the AZT and painter boy trails made me quickly forget about the gas line. It took me nearly 10 hours with stops to finnish. This was also the first test of my new generation 3 backpack. It worked very well, but no matter how well a pack is designed you will still feel the weight of 6 liters (1.5 gal) of water in the pedals. I felt like a semi truck for the first 40 miles. But i did finnish with a bit of water to spare at 10 hours!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Ride with Shannon

A few days ago Shannon with Baja designs came into town for a few demo days. A few of us were lucky enough to catch up with him and show him some of the Eastern trails. We had a great time. Here are some photos from the ride...


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mystery Tech

In recent weeks I have found some super nasty, rocky, fun, technical trail. Where it is is a secret, but here is some picture and video.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sam's ride

Yesterday I got sam out for a bit O running. She did good, but was tired.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Amy's 15


Sunday Amy and myself got back out for another ride. Seeing that we had all day and great weather we got in a good one. 15 Miles, Amys longest Mountain Bike ride ever. I think she did a few 50's on the road bike years back. We went from the school out park ave to toohaker, Gasden, coldwater, dysart, 18, Ep, Power line, Corget, and back. 800 ft gain. Out near the quartz pile she got a bit brave and dumped the bike landing in some cacti. The next day I got out for a 50 mile ride, temps according to the stem captain were 81 most of the day. Quite warm for this time of year. But what a great day!

Rock on

Sunday, January 16, 2011

another fun TNFF

Last thursday the TNFF had a surprise visit from one of the IBIS guys that was a friend of Harv's. We had a great time!


Friday, January 7, 2011

amys sunset ride

Tonight Amy and I got out for a nice sunset ride. The weather was perfect and the sky put on quite a show for just us. We even got rained on for a second.


Photo contest Baja Designs


Last night was Yet another Fun, but cold Thursday Night Fun Feast ( TNFF ). About 12 folks showed up to brave the 40 deg temps to attack the recently sanitized eastern trails. It was a good time had by all. Unfortunately for me, I lost my light battery on the drive over. My EOS headlamp did a good job, but i sure did miss the big light of the old magicshine. When i got home i got on the net to research a new light. I had always had an interest in the Baja designs new light. Having dome work for them years ago i know that they make GREAT products. As fate may have had it, they are having a night time photo contest, the winner gets a new light! Just so happens that i have an extensive collection of night time shots. I submitted a few photos. They put them on there Facebook page for you to vote on If you get a chance and you have a Facebook account please drop by
and vote for my photos, or on the others if you think they are better.....

Update... This morning i took a drive to try and find my battery. I found it... it is busted
but i think I may be able to get it working again?


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Broken spoke

Half of this is for informational purposes, the other is for entertainment. Here is some broken spoke nipples, and more from Tumco and a new section of trail i recently found. I wont tell you where it is, but i would be happy to show you! Also a map of what i like to call the estrella 40.


Late X-mas with the folks

Last week we met Mom and dad out at Tumco for a day of Christmas. Dad and I had another great ride exploring the cargo muchacho hills. This time i took my normal 29er and had a blast riding the old mine ruins. Also pictured is some of amys first ride to the quartz pile and part of my estrella epic.