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10/17/17 - Had a good time even though I went down and scraped some skin off my knee and also got some nice leg cramps. Could see the Mt. Wilson fire from 4 Corners and from Santiago Peak a fire somewhere around San Clemente.
09/23/17 - Couldn't get started til 12:00 noon. As I going up Trabuco Creek Road, encountered the imtbtrails group on their way down. They were the only other mountain bike riders seen on the entire route. It was a beautiful day with lots of greenery. Had a great time. Hope I don't get P.O. rash this time.
09/23/17 - 6 of us showed up for the Saturday Crew Ride this morning. Our route had similar #'s as this.
By the end it was just Benito and myself. Troy had a little mishap at one point but he should be ok and then I decided to tip over on a climb and fall right into a cactus. First time I have done that and I was covered in needles. If Ben wasn't with me, I would have been in a lot more trouble. Probably be pulling them out for a long time.
09/06/17 - This was one EPIC ride, painful but EPIC! Lots of rain thunder and lightening, thought we were in for a situation. Things did work out for an amazing long arse descent....wooohoo! Fun stuff!!
08/31/17 - Simply the best BS ride of the year! Light rain started the moment we hit dirt and got heavier from there, but it was so cool to see! Rain reflecting in the afternoon light, all the rocks shiny and clean. And the rainbows, double rainbows, everywhere! Wonderful smells a aplenty too. Rain completely stopped by the time we got to the Hidden Ranch overlook. From there to Beeks the trail was a bit crusty, but dry. Winds were swirling and sometimes strong gusts would either help or hinder. Everything was great on the descent until we got back to the HR overlook, there it had continued raining, apparently, and the infamous BS slick mud caught us. Josh and I seemed to do OK. I saw Jason do a controlled/uncontrolled slide for 30 yards before his wheel locked up from caked mud. Suzanne and Steve also locked up. After that short, sloppy section the trail was fine and dry again. But the damage was done in aces and I had to hose the bike down real good at home. Great Adventurous Sensational Ride!
08/10/17, 07:46 PM yes it really was. You could pick up tunnel vision on this and just zone out and play ewok through the trees. Bit dry and dusty in spots, and also up top a fair number of snow piles to ride through. Bike doesn't handle same in snow as dirt lol. But the dirt was thin loose over hard pack so the tires hooked up well and I could really get ripping. Thing about trails up here is they are one-direction. I never let loose in CA because people are always climbing what you're dropping. Up here you just frickin' drop and let it rip and listen to your lizard brain not the one telling you to watch out for a family of four from Tustin climbing the trail. A will ride again.
08/24/17, 07:11 PM good for you. yeah... it's very erratic but after 5/10/15/20 times you start to get a feel for the flow and can pump and jump and rip a lot of it. First few times it's a lot of "geez what the hell is coming up next??" Once it is in muscle memory it's a blast.
Edge 800 Mountain Bike Ride 04:14:30 breaks 04:50:53 5.5 mph 10:54 pace
07/27/17 - Today I got the opportunity to see if I could keep up with Jay, Jeremy and Steve on the Blackstar Thursday Evening Ride. I couldn't.Gave up at the half way point. But this is not a bad story. Today like on my 2 previous rides, stopped trying to push it. Just relaxed and didn't worry about the results. Momentum gradually increased until I was moving along well and easy. Today a mile from the Beeks gate to the D Ball didn't seem to take much effort at all.
07/23/17 - Well, that was a real good one! Afternoon plans had me out on the trail kind of early AM (no mtnbikeJ dawn patrol by any means). Amazing there were so few folks out, for the entire route. Weather was great, especially in Laguna Wilderness and on the ridges, although noticeably hotter as I ventured along Serrano Ridge. I felt good throughout, but had a few moments of fatigue, and remained well hydrated. I really like this route, but it is time to do it in reverse next time. Great Ride!
07/15/17 - Looks like us MTB'rs just can't catch a break - Oakleyville now appears to be closed to all use and is now labeled a "Nature Presrve". A formidable sign enough for me to not take the chance of doing my recovery route through there. really too bad too, I like that route. The park was empty so riding against traffic was a non-issue. Great Ride!
07/16/17, 12:52 PM "Nature Preserve" my a$%. They bulldozed everything around it to build more homes. I can respect it more if they were honest, but they are insulting my intelligence with feeding me this BS. So, all trails are off limits? Way to go OC. Time to move elsewhere where outdoor activities are still appreciated. What a bunch of liars!
07/12/17 - Sad, sad news my fellow MTB'rs - STT to OC has been destroyed by illegal vehicle activity. A week and a half ago I reported the illegal vehicle activity here. Turns out the vehicle was stuck about 1/4 mile above the OC Helo pad. CNF would not act on it without pics and GPS coordinates. Today, J and I rode back out there to get the pics and GPS coordinates. After Cadillac it was immediately evident additional vehicles had driven through. They rescued the stuck vehicle and destroyed all the vegetation on the trail in the process. We took pics and still reported the GPS coordinates to CNF, indirectly, via Kioti. Nice weather, but a bit buggy when not moving. Great Ride!
07/12/17, 10:04 PM It's frustrating, we have been sounding the alarm for years and CNF is absolutely indignant and will not even post a Ranger at the bottom of Cadillac to hand out tickets. From my home, I can see nighttime illegal vehicle activity every Fri/Sat/Sun, and other nights too. With the revenue generated from the CNF stated fine of $5000 and/or 6mos Prison they could easily pay for their salary many times over and pay for barriers. Why won't the CNF actually protect our trail from illegal vehicle activity?
06/22/17 - Late start- 9:AM. 2nd ride on new Primer,asphalt section now way easier. Once on the dirt 93 degrees in the shade up to the peak . At 4C's next 4 miles zero shade. Basicly way too hot. Started pre hydrating for this ride on the day of the Blackstar Neoplatonic Ride and also wore water management sun blocking clothing and brought lots of water. Otherwise would not have made it to the Peak. At the Peak took 2 D-Ribose tablets, 2 B-12 tablets, 3 Source of Life Gold Chewable Nutrition tablets and 1 Hammer Nutrition Gel Shot. This combo is an excellent anti bonking kit. Guaranteed instant revitalization. Air conditioning on the way down.
Mountain Bike Ride 02:21:24PR breaks 03:34:32 7.4 mph 8:04 pace HR avg 122 / max 147
06/21/17 - Made the call at a few places to do a Summer Solstice ride up Blackstar. Looks like about 25 people answered the call. Really hot to start, mid 90's ish. Once up into Hidden Valley, things were actually pretty pleasant. Lots of shade and not too hot.
Got up to Beek's in time to watch a pretty decent sunset and enjoy a beer and meet some new people.
Then, an initially cool descent that got warmer and warmer.
Lots of hikers down in the flat areas as we exited - probably one or two of them are the asshats that put in the new spray paint graffiti.
Thanks to all who came out - it was a great evening.
06/21/17, 09:23 AM Sheriff was out there ticketing cars for parking on the wrong side. I told him about someone was actively painting on the road. His only response was "right now"?. Yup. Turns out there was more than 1 Sheriff around, so maybe he actually drove in to investigate?