Does anyone know what the purpose of the Oc Parks survey is at various locations? I completed the survey at Whiting and saw them conduct the same survey at Blackstar. Some questions seem suspicious, asking how important nature preserve and habitat restoration is. Are they trying to close trails for mountain bikes?
Hey Staff - with our GeoLadders top cop gone (mtnbikej) no one seems to want to notify you of jmbullet's bogus post on 4/9/17, #89156. And since he has posted since then, I'm guessing he does not intend to delete it on his own. Could you please take a look at it and fix the Ladder? Thanks!
05/23/17 - I was dragging a bit on this one. Still, I had to make it out to the Luge, at least, to see the brushing work my neighbor, Kioti, had done. Josh was all in to the fast climb. I am smart enough to climb at my own pace. Nice to see the beautiful wildflowers still out there doing there gorgeous and aromatic thing! Even nicer to see the damage done by the Jeeps and the Mercedes is growing back and there is much less evidence of the destruction those vehicles caused. Yay! Awesome temps, and thanks to OTH only 3 other riders! First time down the Luge since my crash a month ago. Unfortunately, I could not find any flow all the way from OC and on down the Luge, so I just cruised along way off my normal confident speed. Good job on the brushing Jim! Great Ride!
05/22/17 - Ride 2 with Jonna & Todd. This one was a little painful as Keen Camp climb is pretty trashed but a fun descent. WHat are the rangers doing with all the $$, they definetly arent doing trail work, the fires were over 3 years ago.
Mountain Bike Ride 01:15:00 breaks 01:20:00 9.1 mph 6:37 pace HR avg 148 / max 166
05/03/17 - Last Thursday night ride. Unfortunately I ate dirt, in other words I fell. One of those falls that messes you up more than expect. I got a big hematoma in my right thigh that keeps me confined at home. I HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS!
04/22/17 - Simple little Friday evening 1 hour ride turned into a 7 hour ordeal at Urgent Care then ER. In the end 1 cracked rib, 4 bruised ribs, and a very nasty, big, deep and very bloody cut caused by my watch digging into my skin, 9 stitches. Front wheel washed out and I went down real hard. Busted my rear brake, sheared the Right Master Cylinder cap right off, almost. I was badly shaken and lots of blood soaked my brand new glove, and I knew I was the only person out there, no choice but to self-rescue. First time I ever had to walk the Luge, but I rode home from there and drove myself to Urgent Care. Then that morphed in to an Ambulance ride to the ER. Turns out all the issues they were concerned about were non-issues. I am very lucky my cut did not reach tendons and possibly never ride again. As it is, a short hiatus and I'll be back at it. Great Ride!, not so great crash.
Mountain Bike Ride 04:42:01 breaks 05:18:01 9.7 mph 6:10 pace
04/29/17 - Woke up to major wind. Temps warm but the wind was brutal till 10 am or so. Everywhere seemed to be I was riding into a head-wind. Tough. Just under 1200 riders but $144,000 raised today. Lots of stream crossings. They rerouted the end to avoid riding up to the SCE tower, which was fine by me as getting warm and tired by then. My GPS showed 46 miles exactly and only 4,150 feet of elevation gain. Go figure. Fun raffle event even though I didn't win anything as usual. Big shout-out to all the volunteers to help pull off a successful 11th Annual Rwanda Ride.
04/22/17, 12:44 PM I like to 'stand up' a lot and if the gear is to easy there's no way to stand for very long. Takes some getting used to, maybe worth a try. Also, I'm running 'light' 400g wheels which makes it easier to push the bigger gear.
Road Ride 01:33:08 breaks 01:44:31 11.7 mph 5:06 pace HR avg 95 / max 137
04/17/17 - Normal group ride until going back some dude corssed over to pass a pedestrian in a blind spot and crashed me. Ended up in the creek. Little road rash, bike seems OK for those who are wondering.
EDGE305 Mountain Bike Ride 01:02:45 breaks 01:03:39 11.2 mph 5:20 pace HR avg 99 / max 120
04/12/17 - no rso. StartTime=1530. [8639.FX9; 76826. total; 5914. to tie Venus]. A little excitement today. Chased by 3 dogs, one of which bit me around 1602. I don't know which one bit me. Then a trip to the emergency room. A visit there by a Sheriff animal control officer who was going out to see the owner of the ranch in CoyoteSprings to quarantine the dogs. He'll come visit me tomorrow so I can file a witness statement for loose dogs and attacking dogs. So far I'm in no pain and the deep teeth marks have been irrigated and medicated. An x-ray was taken to see if there were any teeth embedded in my left calf. No teeth found. A tetanus shot in my left calf and antibiotics prescribed. No riding for a while. We'll have to wait for possible rabies infection and treatment.
04/13/17, 10:56 PM Ouch, bummer to hear that. Hope you heal up quickly and fully. Got bit by a dog in my calf when I was in high school. It hurt but healed quick and fully. Still have a small scar but not bad. Good luck!
04/15/17, 10:13 PM Thank you for your comments. Yes, it was scary and I didn't get to sleep much because the adrenaline was still going strong. So I got up and wrote some words for the Sheriff Animal Control Officer and uploaded my ride to GL and Garmin Connect.
Mountain Bike Ride 01:44:00 breaks 01:58:00 6 mph 10:04 pace HR avg 144 / max 181
04/15/17 - Was going to do a different route, but wound up doing the same. 2 or 3 big group rides, including one with a rider on an e-bike talking on their cell phone...great...now all it takes to climb 1000 feet is a credit card, not sacrifice, discipline, etc...I have a feeling we're going to be having access issues. Glad I went for fitness reasons, but frankly it sucked and I felt like I was at Disneyland or something--the opposite of what mountain biking used to be to me. Hope this is the first and last time this happens, but I doubt it--I bet E-bikes are selling well.
04/11/17 - Feeling a lot stronger today than yesterday, good thing too, riding with J and J. Sliced a sidewall just before reaching OC. Thought it was burped sidewall, then it appeared to be a loose stem, but as we found later on the descent it was a sidewall slice. Luckily the Stan's sealed it, kind of, at least enough to get me home. Too bad, it's a nearly new tire, less than 6 rides on it. Still, it was a Great Ride!
Mountain Bike Ride 01:59:00 breaks 02:16:00 7 mph 8:32 pace HR avg 150 / max 160
04/09/17 - I have been kinda sick. Today I felt good enough to go riding. It was a good ride in general but at the end I was aching at each joint. It is FU to get old. It takes longer to heal.
I had to do this posting manual since my Garmin was no detected despite all my efforts.
04/08/17 - Woke up after only 3 hours sleep, after going to bed angry because my Mac got nuked by an OS upgrade. But it was not raining, and I was ready for an adventure anyway. Got to the Tree Farm and only some light drizzle. Got lined up and now it's raining for real, and a bit cold too. Lots of frustrated folks climbing BS in muddy conditions. But the Fiend was throwing mud like a snow plow! I was riding when most others were dead stopped, their tires unable to roll and derailleurs caked. I was thankful for my good fortune. I cleaned the Fiend at the ball and rolled on. I was doing really well and made all the cutoffs with time to spare. Cool. But once past 4 corners I started to fade and walked the shale leading to Modjeska and then ended up walking up most of Santiago, or risk my legs locking up. Despite a really nasty descent off the peak, I still felt OK, and did well enough on HJ. My time was 2 hours longer than my 2014 CC, but I had a true adventure today. Great Ride! I'm beat!
03/18/17 - Non Dot Whiting Time Trial Volunteer - something close to this, except started from Glenn Ranch Parking. Super fun cheerleading with Martin and Rachel at the top of Dreaded. The ride up was in the fog, but busted out in to sunshine at 4 Corners. Great Ride!
03/11/17 - Bunch of bike love all morning long. Bikes loved it, I loved it, it was a love fest, with bikes, and parts, and stuff. Now it's early afternoon and time to ride. Gotta go big, but don't wanna drive, hmmmm... Harding here I come! Ugh... Harding, here I come. Ain't no Easy Street, you know, especially today. Nice cool breezes, tons of solitude, and climbing, lots and lots of climbing. Hung out at 4 Corners and debated dropping down Maple Springs, but that was obviously open to traffic and that did not sound appealing at all. Good choice too, sensational twilight descent on Harding. The climb back home was uneventful, but I was tiring pretty quick. Rode the Phantom which ran flawlessly! Great Ride!
EDGE705 Mountain Bike Ride 03:15:53 breaks 03:27:38 7.6 mph 7:51 pace
03/04/17 - One fine day! All my bills are paid, got some domestic stuff done, and some gardening done. That was while it was all nice and warm, kind of sunny. Of course, when I chose to ride it was just starting to get cool and overcast, and stayed that way. But, surprisingly calm conditions on Main Divide made it comfortable. Cannot remember the last time I turned Right and continued on. Cleaned all the climbs to Hagador and still felt good, so off to Pleasants. I did not jump the 2nd gate, I'll still call it a peak bag. Tons of hikers and just closing of Open Access made for an interesting ascent in the lower canyon. BS Falls Helicopter rescue looked to be in full swing, maybe they're offering rides. I did see 1 guy with a messed up ankle jumping in to a truck at the gate. Gotta say, never seen BS so popular. No wonder they got rid of Art. Despite the cool, kind of gloomy gray look, it was a Great Ride!
03/01/17 - Wow! That was very nice, indeed. Poppy's were tucked in for the evening, but still dancing in the wind. Trail is in the best shape I've seen for many many years, makes for a faster, funner descent. After a truly spectacular super solo ascent, I was in a realtime race with the setting sun and waning light. Still, managed to drop the Luge before darkness set in. The Thriller ran smooth and silent. The bike has made another transition - starting as 3x9, then 2x10, and now, you guessed it, a 1x10 with the Giant Cog. It's just a more pleasant cadence for me. Great Ride!