Steve from Sun Valley left today after our “graduation” ride of what will call Lower Hogs. We rode together starting the 22nd till the 29, taking 1 day off for rain wetted trails. Not saying that we rode everything but the H’s. We rode 6 straight days. Steve was a short timer and needed to squeeze in riding. He left Wood River Valley under snow riding only a trainer or XC skiing and sporting very white flesh as exposed because, well, it’s shorts weather riding. I’m sunburning the owie on my left shin which has a deep hurt still.
Sunday AM I left camp spot on way to social Sunday ride. I drank a latte that seemed to want to leave my body. I drank same shop latte this AM and no rdie but the feeling and response seems to be the same. Dropping espresso drinks.
Monday we rode the Soldier Wash trails wrestling with our own trail demons working on cleaning stuff and enjoying the ease of flowing over nasty stuff that we could ride which was prolly 98,5%. Jordan has several short nasty downs.
We planned Tuesday’s rides. I left for a snap shower, Whole Foods mega salad mess. hand at the Cultural Park till after dark then slept in town at uhaul lot.
Tues. AM was a standing PT session working on my rib and back which affect me left knee. Our ride was a shuttle. I met Steve out at Boyton Pass where he left his new Dodge Promaster van for the return trip. We loaded him and gear into my van then drove back to the Cultural Park for our start. We rode down Drano, crossed Dry Creek which had shallow flowing water from last Thurs rain fall.
Last Frontier is a challenging Sedona trail even though it is down low. It is bench cut on steep slopes carved by Dry Creek. Exposure: a rider would never fall very far but the ride to stop would be fraught with potential body damage. Pay attention. Last Frontier joins Western Civ which lacks exposure.
Steve, your pic captures me not looking as far down the trail as maybe I should.
Next was a section of Cockscomb to the start of Aerie which shows the effect of water eroding away the dirt between the rocks. It’s sustainably built. Every year it becomes more challenging as rocks grow from the ground and some even leave their temporary hold with earth. We hit pavement then pedaled to his van for the return shuttle.
I ride a 27.5 and Steve rides a 29. I am faster than him downhill and here mostly staying ahead of his wheel on the climbs. We have I9 hubs and wide carbon rims.
At Steve’s van that I am entering for the first time to sit in the passenger seat. I walked to teh seat thinking head clearance as in mine. WRONG: I smacked my head almost laterally on his lowered ceiling. I heard the crunches of joints shifting. I was severely out of plumb.
I drove back down to Beaverhead hoping to catch my now accepted favorite camp spot. A guy, a tent, 2 dogs, and a car beat me leaving me with the fail safe place across the desert by the tank. I wanted to lay claim to the spot with my stuff to save it. Yesterday morning I waited and waited while I watched him pack up and leave. His tent came down saying I’m not spending the night here tonight then it became a wait until he drove away. Once he left I pounced leaving my table and chair and traffic cones. SO far these items have prevented unwanted occupancy.
Steve parks beside me down at the sheriff’s office. Yesterday was our lower Hogs ride. We rode Llama to Little Horse climbing to Chicken Point. We did encounter other trail users. There are several spots on Broken Arrow that have been armored which creates a non erodable tread. I rode 2 places that I failed for years on because the pitch was rutted. So much better now, some could argue it was dumbed down. Garmin Connect reported average temp was 84 with a 96.8 high. Steve was over cooked, it takes time for body to adjust from long underwear to shorts.
On Hogs Steve stalled on a slick rock off camber climb. He put his feet down but his balance point changed to the out slope which was a straight line sliding down. He fell on the dismount not on the move. I watched gravity have its way with him. Whew, just aches and pains.
After our ride before dinner I sought Dr. Dave’s magic chiro adjustment to restore plumb. Ahh, success. Lots of movement.
I put on my new Maxxis Minnion DHF 2.5wt tire on. The Ardent is a faster roller but loses its shape when put on my wide rims. Steve put same tire on the front of his bike. As our ride progressed he commented with a big smile on how much better the tire allowed him to corner.
We ate at the Thai restaurant. Afterwards I drove to my camp spot finding my stuff there and unoccupied.
Today I was on the road just after 8AM to west Sedona to do my wash. The traffic backs up as the day goes on till perhaps mid afternoon when it reverses flow back down. I left uptown before the downhill crush while passing slowly moving rigs heading into Sedona. Gotta know local stuff. Living in a tourist town with just 1 route in and out.
Out to camp spot where the internet is not home on the range.
This is my idea expressed by a graphics professional. I will be selling each for $5.00 which should cover my costs plus mailing. Be the first to put one on your rig and buy one for your neighbor. Speak out!