GeoLadders iPhone app for iOS 11 is now available in the Apple app store (as a free app). The app is basically the same as the previous version (i.e. functions as a gps, allowing you to easily record and post any activity to GeoLadders).
Staff 11/28/17 11:30 PM
GeoLadders iPhone app v2.0, supporting iOS 11, will be available soon, ...we have finished testing.
12/13/17 - Had to start work super early so left a bit early to go ride. Delighted to see the Peacocks are back, one may be juvenile. Another spectacular sunset into twilight into darkness ride out to Sierra Peak. Simply sensational. Unfortunately I was a bit rushed and had no time to hang around. Although breezy, temps on the ridge were easily 20 degrees warmer than the cold temps in HR, brrrr... Delicious sashimi dinner and watching the meteor shower out on the back patio. Hard to beat a So Cal Winter. Great Ride!
12/12/17 - Well, post number 666 for this route did not make for an evil ride at all. In fact, it was really quite peaceful and beautiful the whole route. Funny, I saw Suzanne just as I was leaving, she had to bail out to tend to a work issue. I saw J on his descent just above Art's place. Did not see Hugh until we were back at the trucks. The Thursday crew goes solo on Tuesdays apparently. Terrific twilight ascent, with sensational colors and panoramas of the basin. Could see the plume of smoke from one of the fires, not sure which one really. Enjoyed a beer at the top and then dropped on down in to the dark abyss that is Blackstar. The Fiend felt fantastically stable, not sure why, maybe the tire pressure was just so, maybe I was extra relaxed. Made for a great descent on a ... Great Ride!
12/12/17 - Rented a car for a few days while my truck is in the shop. Walked home from the rental place. Haven't been down my local Serrano Creek Trail in a bit. They've graded more of it into moon dust while working on city hall.
Run 02:20:01 5.6 mph 10:41 pace HR avg 143 / max 157
12/12/17 - 6th time doing the Holiday Half Marathon. Got it back on track after a couple of slow years. Was with the 2:10 pacers for awhile, then they slipped away and then I was with the 2:15 pacers. Then, they slipped away. Then the 2:20 pacers caught me and I tried to stay with them, but had to walk a steep hill. The 2:25 pacer caught me then (she was too fast). After the hill I almost caught the 2:20 pacer and just missed 2:20 myslef by 1 lousy second.
Out of the four I did this year, this was the fastest.
Earned that free POS Ultra beer, which actually tasted good.
Weather held out great, chilly morning start followed by mostly overcast so it didn't heat up much. Also, no noticeable smoke or ash in the area.
11/20/17 - Later start than anticipated due to chores and other delays. I've been thinking about this route for a while now and today turned out to be perfect for it. Caught the sunset as I got to the top of Live Oak and just before dropping down Vista for a 2nd romp. Popped out of O'Neill just at darkness and ran the flashers all the way home up SCR. Great Ride!
11/18/17 - Blackstar Motorway was so sweet soothing and serene. Motorway was like always a treat. When I go to the Maple Springs Visitor Center Parking Lot it was awash with calamity spewing motor vehicles running amok. This was the first time I've been able to complete this route.
10/29/17 - What would you do? Josh and I were out enjoying the gorgeous afternoon peacefulness as we ascended to OC. At the Cadillac junction we come across 2 MTB'rs, a Dad and his Son, who had just traversed Harding-Joplin. They told us they had an encounter with a Mtn Lion down in OC. They thought the ML may have been stalking them as they took a breather and water break just above the OC campsite. The ML did not run off, but did disappear into the brush. As they tore out of there, they told 2 hikers who were approaching the top of OC. We kept going, at first undaunted. Then we came across the hikers on their descent and they indicated they also saw the ML, but we passed too quickly for any kind of report. I'm usually game for seeing wildlife, especially ML, but coming nose to nose with one somehow did not feel advisable, we stopped at the first telephone pole and hung out a bit. It was getting dark and we half-expected to see the ML come trotting around the blind corner. What then? Great Ride!
10/29/17, 09:52 PM We opted to turn around. And for that we were treated to an incredible sunset above the roiling fog rising toward us. We stopped to warn 2 other riders ascending about the ML, and then descended in to the gray mist. Darkness was creeping in, that was when I realized I had not brought a light. Luckily we were able to drop the Luge in low light, but the climb home was in darkness. Always an adventure!
10/24/17 - Sensational and stunning twilight ride, really quite beautiful. Unfortunately, I was feeling quite poorly for nearly the entire ride. By the time we had descended and were out on blacktop I could barely pedal hard enough to keep the bike upright. Still, because of the outstanding twilight and good company it was a Great Ride!
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!