Blackstar Canyon is one of the more northern mountain biking venues in the Santa Ana mountain range. The fire road ascent to Beek's Place is very pleasant with constant views & variations of grade.
GeoLadders currently does not support uploading activities directly from a Garmin device. Instead, use a GPX file...
* How to 'Upload' (or POST) a GPX file to an existing GeoLadders route from your Garmin gps. For example, upload your activity to Strava then export ACTIVITY as GPX from Strava to your computer. Open the activity in Strava, click the 'Action' icon on left (wrench), select 'Export GPX' (saves to 'Downloads' on your computer). Go to www.geoladders.com, open the existing route you want to post to, select 'Post GPX to this route' (on left), then click the 'Browse' button (middle of page), find the GPX in your 'Downloads' directory. Double click, save. That's it. Your route appears on geoladders.com/posts and in your dashboard.
** How to 'Export' a GeoLadders route to put on your Garmin gps. Download the GeoLadders route to your computer as a GPX using the 'Export GPX' link, to the left. Login to Garmin Connect at connect.garmin.com 1. Select ACTIVITIES (far left menu, 5th option) 2. Upper right, click IMPORT, then click BROWSE, middle of page. 3. Double click the activity, then click IMPORT DATA button. 4. The activity opens (in Garmin Connect), then upper right, of the 5 icons, click the GEAR icon 5. then SEND TO DEVICE (Note: you can rename the acivity before sending to your device). The activity will show in 'Courses' on your Garmin device with the default name or the name you gave it. 6. You'll need to unplug your device to view courses on your device. That's it.
08/10/17 If it's Thursday, this must be Blackstar. Slow-roller today just was not feeling powerful at all. And in the end, just 100 yards from the lower gate, I bonked hard and struggled the last mile back to the truck. Maybe I should consider eating some lunch or something. Nonetheless, good times with my pals, J&S. Great Ride!
08/02/17 Unlike yesterday, today's ride was low on adventure, high on slog. Not surprisingly, it was hot and mugly. Nature's A/C was on low and did not even kick in until mid-way into the 2nd climb. Luckily the bugs were almost a non-issue, pesky only near the trees in HR. Finally got to the top and it was so anti-climatic I basically turned around and headed on down, enjoying the self-induced cool down. The trail was all crusty crunchy from yesterday's rain, and absolutely no dust. Only a few riders and folks out. Great Ride!
07/27/17 Been struggling a bit lately on the climb, especially that last 1/2 mile or so. Good conversation about bike tires tonight, and drivetrains. A bit hot on the ascent, sheer bliss on the descent. Great Ride!
07/24/17 Wonderfully cool weather made BS sound like such a great ride, and it was, but it was not always so wonderfully cool weather. At times it was miserably humid and the bugs a bit more persistent. At the top, I was soaking wet and concerned about a cold descent. That's right, a cold descent in the middle of Summer. Ok, so it was not a cold descent but it was downright chilly. Rode with a friend I don't know as well as I should and we had a great conversation about bike packing and touring, as I told him about my upcoming bike touring trip to Oregon for the Solar Eclipse. Thanks Keith! Great Ride!