Don’t run with scissors

Mom’s mantra when you were handed pointed scissors. Today I volunteered trail work on Hiline trail. Getting to the scissors: I used loppers to knock down dead branches from trees bordering the trail. Maybe you never learned why not to run with scissors             but the caution was for safety. I knocked down dead stuff that had sharp ends and their location was such that a bad move might have sent you into a gouger. Maybe you would never hit one but my removing them was like mom’s cautionary warning. The tread was not widened by my work. I experienced hidden dead stobs my work removes adding an experience to someone. Nice tshirt work day.

Cathedral from hiline

Trail widening by go arounds creates maintenance work, these are created to avoid a tech feature. Other workers reinforced out slope erosion and blocked go arounds keeping hikers and bikers on the tread.

Last night Dave and Annie hosted me for dinner and conversation. I slept in their driveway. They offered me the use of their laundry machines. I thanked them. I choose to use the laundromat in west Sedona to support their business. Besides I sometimes score an interesting conversation with someone.

Tonight the Zags play St Marys covered on espn, front bar seat for the game.

Snow is forecast for Sat and temps lowering into the 50s.


As in pale white skin not darkening after hours of sunshine. 65 degrees today riding in shorts and short sleeve jersey, been that way for several days now yet a tan line has not been created. Low angle sun rays.

Yesterday was aa drive up to Flag to see a vascular DR. Venous stasis is what it is and it is what it is. Valves in my left leg have been loosing their return snap after the blood passes thru allowing pooling of blood. Compression socks, walking on uneven ground and biking cause the calf muscles to fire which enhances the return rate. Drove up I17 then back down 89A which has had some enhancements up high and then the switchbacks are still in unbroken condition. Still a beautiful drive down canyon, Beaverhead is 3853, Flag REI is 6889′. Elevation hit. Riding conditions there are not desirable. I returned to warm red rocks. I slept at the Uhaul parking ;lot last night, my in town spot permission given by owner.

Drove out to Cultural park for bfast.

Cockscomb and Doe mtn

Ride today was Chuck wagon from Dry creek rd. To Mescal, riding Aerie to end at Cockscomb, down Rupp to Dry Creek crossing. AZ Cypress going in other direction by mistake to Girdner back to van. Good hump. Breathing is getting shorter and shorter causing more gasping rest stops. Age.

On Aerie

Back into town for shower before PT on left leg twitches.

Trails are holding up.

Tomorrow is a volunteer trail work day on Hiline.

40s at night. sat is calling for 70% rain / snow then changing to sun again. Desert living.

More gorgeous weather and trail conditions

Been staying out off beaverhead flats, nice sunset over Mingus, sunrise working its way over peaks to the east about 7:45AM. Puddles and water softened dirt firming up. Red dirt.

Sunday I wanted to do a longer harder ride which meant Cultural Park and the western gateway trails. Ran into johnny’s garage group at the parking lot. Leg armor required for their rides. Dave and Mikelle were my riding partners, Dave is a good rider and faster than me. It is what it is. Dry Creek at Draino crossing was dry albeit ran during last week’s rain fall.

Dave at Dry creek Draino

Short steep hill climbs take the oomph out of my engine. Rain moved around rocks. My ride was Daino, last Frontier, Western Civ, Cockscomb, Arie, cockscomb, Rupp, wander, Girdner climb out of Dry Creek. 15.9 miles climbing 1627′ pedaling 2 hrs 17 mins. Lots of tech moves lengthen the ride time which suck energy. Beautiful day.

OK, sometimes the weather is less than beautiful, sometimes. Most part this is what the weather is like. Temps at present are moving short sleeve but a sweater at night. Just a shortage of rain. Dry Beaver Creek is dry. Flag received 4 to 6″ of snow from last week’s storm.

No resolution of my parking at the Bean. I have heard that there is an abatement of harassing mtn bikers parking in the lot, some are trail head parking and not doing business with any of the businesses paying for the parking lot. I don’t know if that policy affects me. I chose to park there infrequently. Both sides loose: the shop doesn’t get me as an attraction and for me I am cut off from connections.

Traffic during the meat of the day on weekends builds which causes backups to west sedona or back. Travel early and later after visitors have left. Lots of visitors.  I add my van to the flow.

PT is fixing my left leg pain. Overuse of muscles, not phantom muscle firing.

My professional time consumer lifestyle needs help filling those vacant minutes. Dunno. Not tapping into the excitement. Shallow connections with the locals and the visitors are transient. My body is relishing stasis and my command center is listening. Sitting and spacing.

The Lonely, the Lonesome, the Gone.