Monday I pedaled away from the Bean by myself with the desire to acclimate my reflexes and see where my courage resided. I rode a Llama route to HT then middle part of Breezy exiting onto Templeton and working my way back to the downhill part of Shades. I still walked at the same old spots. I do find that if I keep pedaling over rough stuff the suspension will sort it out leaving me to perfect my balancing stance. Nice chilly day to be out. There is freeze thaw mud in places. Along the way I greeted 2 locals and welcomed back to Sedona. Rides here are of short mileage but long minutes because of the tech stuff.
Hanging at the Bean connecting w/ friends I have made is wonderful for a connection to a community. The shop is moving to a location almost by the pizza place in another building in the Bell Rock Plaza.
I watched the first half of the Mon night football game at PJs. I ordered the grilled chicken salad that I like so well. This time the plate was upscaled but the quantity was downsized. I mentioned this to one of the owners. For customer satisfaction…. .
Tues. I set out on another ride sim to the day before. Today I rode w/ more confidence and rode several of the features I walked previously. I sessioned several. I have a problem w/ step ups.
Sedona has trees that are taller than me primarily juniper and pinyon pine. Shade when needed.
Bill Z helped me install the new main salon light in my van. LEDs.
I have a chronic head ache since like Moab. Yesterday I called my Sedona area primary care DR and scored an appointment for today. He is in the same practice but is now up in Flagstaff. I drove up there today. First line of treatment is clearing up perhaps sinus problems. I am following his protocol.
I have been staying out at favorite spot on Beaverhead. No nearby company. Temp at night has been like 20 degrees.
So reader Scott is buying my Spot. I wanted it to go somewhere special and he wins that desire with this sharing:
“I’ve had several chances to replace the Spot. They aren’t rare or unique, but as you know, David doesn’t make them anymore. Your particular Spot coming available spoke to me for several reasons. One of which is seeing you parked at Phils here in Bend several times and knowing your story. The other big one is the fact you’ve ridden that bike in my hometown of Brevard, NC. I was born and raised there and lived there until 2006. I still own a home in Brevard and visit annually. It’s now a different place than the one I grew up in, but the growth and change was inevitable. I appreciate that it’s found a way to thrive after all the industry left and mountain biking is a large part of that culture. When I take the Spot back there this year, it’ll know it’s way.
Anyway. It took a place like Bend to pry me out of those Pisgah woods. I don’t regret my choice a single day. Enjoy your evening.”
Tomorrow is laundry day and a ride in west Sedona.
I’m really digging the 1X10 drive train.
A local rider bought an RFX that was at Fat Tire shop. Hi Dave. Bike is well received.