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Today (6/24) UncleMTB and I rode Big Boulder, 3rd and 1st Divides at Downieville. There must have been 75 or more people at Packer Saddle at 10 am, and we didn't even see the A+ mtbr group. Fortunately, however, we seemed to be the only ones doing Big Boulder, so we had the trails mostly to ourselves. It was hot at Packer Saddle, even hotter on the trail, and according to Accuweather it hit 99 in Downieville today. The climb/hike-a-bike up to the top of Big Boulder seemed especially difficult, probably due to the heat. But once we started down the other side we remembered why we put up with that climb!

I've been very frustrated lately at how the helmet cam flattens and smoothes the trails so I decided to try taping my old lipstick cam to my toe. Results were mixed for several reasons: too much bouncing around, the sun was directly into the lens most of the day, lots of dust, and too much contrast in the forests due to the sunny skies. An overcast day would be much better. The Pauley Creek babyhead jeep trail footage was just some serious bouncing around and the faster we went, the worse it looked. The view with the tire and fork directly in front was kind of cool, especially when going down a switchback, and a few scenes in narrow low vegetation looked usable. However, the low angle made us look very slow. We hit over 30 mph on 3rd Divide and it looks pretty slow in the video. Since we were concentrating on the video I only took a few photos. We did run into a bevy of beautiful biking Betties (perhaps at least a dozen) at the end of 3rd Divide and UncleMTB was in heaven. It was nice to see so many female mountain bikers out having a good time.


Victor (right)


Long, steep, hot climb to Big Boulder Trail


On the way to Big Boulder


On Big Boulder


UncleMTB in heaven


Don't try this
 

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Talk about Betties

Damn, I've never seen a beautiful sight like that in Downieville before. Just a bunch of sweaty, dirty guys like myself. Where are all of these mountain biking women? My timing must be REALLY OFF!
 

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Hey Wolfie!

That was a cool shoe video. Some Odor Eaters would come in handy but other than that nice video.

I was supposed to be up there riding this weekend but my crew all bailed for one reason or another and are going next weekend. Unfortunately, I'll be in L.A. next weekend.
 

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I am almost embarassed to post my pics on the same thread with Steve, but I took a few so I will share. This was my first trip to Downiville, and the first ride in 2 weeks due to being injured. The views were incredable. My son Kyle and I rode Butcher, third and first divide. We are going back in 2 weeks.
 

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Then in the evening, in typical MTBR fashion, the party ensued with lots of stories, smack talk, and of course, BEER! Kyle getting the fire started and Big Boulder lending some air to get the fire going. The pics of Richelle revealed that we were being watched by some sort of alien.
 

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In heaven...
Yep!!!
That was just one of four groups of women riders we ran into...
The "A" group were getting chick'd by wives and friends...Steve and I got chick'd by new MTBr Passionites!

And you wanted to know why I took courses in sports massage???
Here's yr' sign!!!
Tim
 

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The girls are from Mammoth. They were there for a bachelorette party and stayed in the rental unit above D-ville Outfitters. Which, by the way, is a super sweet unit. Hee hee, I said unit.
 

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SinglePivot said:
Hey, I saw you guys. SMW, you blew past me on that rock outcropping on 3rd divide. Nice to put a name to a face.
Are you referring to the steep little rock climb thingy? I was pretty stoked to have gotten up and over that so easily.:thumbsup:

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Great photos

smw said:
I am almost embarassed to post my pics on the same thread with Steve, but I took a few so I will share.
Those are great photos, it's difficult to get good shots in forests because of the mix of sun/shade. But, IMHO, they would look even better without the date stamp. That information is embedded in the photo's EXIF anyway should you need it later.
 
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