Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Black Rock trails

Met up today with Jim(a recent transplant from Idaho) to ride the fine freeride trails in Falls City. AKA: Black Rock. We hung out at Basic training for about an hour, hitting different jumps and warming up a bit before the big hike up the hill. We rode Banzai, sickter nar, and most of Granny's Kitchen before we were done. I think Jim is hooked. Another satisfied customer. the pic's are Jim on the wall ride.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Farragut State Park, Idaho

We're in northern Idaho visiting friends and checked out a Little bit of trail with the kid's and 2 of Leon's kid's. Pretty cool trail, dusty and not much elevation change but really fun. Saw quite a few deer and ended up getting a Little lost but not too bad. Everyone had a blast. Leon was riding his SS rigid and it seemed like a good trail for that. Not too rocky. Marla would have liked it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Riding #*)!@'s Trail

Had a great time today riding +*#$'s trail in BMTEIR. It was built by a semi-pro DH racer we know and it rip's!! It was Frisco,Flying J, irk, Don Coyote and i. It's a really steep trail with jumps,berm's and more jumps. I cased one of the BIG doubles so hard it blew both feet off my pedals! Funny. Dirk took some nice pic's and we got a litle video. Not much. Frisco hit a cool step up between some trees. It was sweeet. No crashes but we did see a bow hunter. I think he got off a shot but we we're so fast he missed. Gonna try to hit this trail again this week. So fun. ( Pictures by Dirk)

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Waldo Lake

Waldo Lake is a must do ride in Oregon. It covers 10 square miles at an elevation of 5,414 feet on the west side of the Cascades and is one of the purest large bodies of water in the world, along with Oregon's Crater Lake and Lake Baikal in Siberia. The first time i ride this was in 05 with John and Kevin from Cali. It was a late season ride and when we arrived at the trail head there was a lot of snow. It was a great ride anyway. This year i went with Terry and Debbie and i was excited to ride this trail when it was dry and warm. It's 22 miles with about 1600 ft of elevation gain. I knew it would be a struggle for me this time as i was getting over being sick. After our 3 hour drive we hit the trail and we're having a blast until the cyclo cross section started.It was in a burn area from a few years ago , quite a few down trees to step over. I guess there was a re- route around this section but i missed it. After that the trail was flowing and i was having a blast. Great lake views and buff single track with root and rock sections that were sometime hidden in shadows. We finally got to the tech section i remembered from the snow ride. Really rocky, tight and into a left turn. I rode it in the snow so i figured I'd ride it in the dry. When i caught up to Terry he was saying that he rode it clean, so i went down and rode it pretty clean. Lost a foot off my pedal, but other than that it was good. Then i spoke those words that always seem to get us into trouble. " Let's go back up and take some pictures" Terry couldn't get it together again and ended up denting the lowers on his fork. I tried 4 times and on the last one fell to the side and drove my knee straight into a big rock. Ouch! A nice gash at mile 11 or so. That changed the ride for me. Not to far after that i started to get a cramp in the other leg. Still not hydrated after being sick for a week i guess. I ended up pulling out about 5 or 6 miles early and waited for them to pick me up. So now my knee is discolored, sore and stiff. Kind of screws up my ride tomorrow. We were riding this dh trail built by a semi-pro dh racer who races for our shop. I think if i took another shot to the knee i might explode. Not exactly how i had planned the ride in my head , but hey...That's Mountain Biking