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A fine time was had by all...

...all that bothered to show up, that is.

ChadBo and Scott--y'all get 25 demerits plus 3 days of the sniffles for laming out on such a great ride.

The weather was decidedly non-Phoenician: gloomy, gray and intermittently spitting on us. Didn't dampen (<-ha!) anyone's enthusiasm for the ride, tho'...


I admit that I was a bit confused by the layering thing many of y'all had going on. It was 50-something out there. Were you planning ahead for an overnight ride and forgot to invite me?!!? ;)

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of bench-cut trail on the climb:


Seemed like the vast bulk was IMBA-spec and downright sanitized.


The above 'sanitized' comment is neither a complaint nor a judgment--more of a confused observation after having seen the descent. :eek:

The mellow middle-ring grade of the climb was very welcome, actually, after torching my legs for several days following Scott.

The mellow grade was also welcome in that it made it easy to look around and stop for pics. That had emphatically NOT been the case the three previous days with Scott.


Leafing ocotillo? In December? Must not be in Kansas anymore...


Snack stop:


The climb went on and on--in a most enjoyable way:






And then (snap!) the climbing was done and folks were in various states of armoring up, swapping clippy pedals for flats, adding more layers :)skep: ) and eating. Oh yeah--and doling out warnings intended to scare the bejeezus outta the noobs (raises hand). Note to scarers: It worked.

The initial section of the descent was over-the-top steep with big holes and no room for error. I kept my hands on the bars (even/especially when walking) and the camera stayed in the pack.

Once we made it down to ~level ground (<-Ha! As if!) the camera came out a few times to record some skilled, patient, and humble riders making this trail look easy.












And after all was said and done, it sure seemed like someone was trying to talk herself into a new bike...


Not that there's anything wrong with that!

Thanks again for the day y'all--I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Cheerios,

MC
 

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mikesee said:
A fine time was had by all...

The weather was decidedly non-Phoenician: gloomy, gray and intermittently spitting on us. Didn't dampen (<-ha!) anyone's enthusiasm for the ride, tho'... I admit that I was a bit confused by the layering thing many of y'all had going on. It was 50-something out there. Were you planning ahead for an overnight ride and forgot to invite me?!!? ;)

And then (snap!) the climbing was done and folks were in various states of armoring up, swapping clippy pedals for flats, adding more layers :)skep: ) and eating. Oh yeah--and doling out warnings intended to scare the bejeezus outta the noobs (raises hand). Note to scarers: It worked.

And after all was said and done, it sure seemed like someone was trying to talk herself into a new bike...


Not that there's anything wrong with that!

Thanks again for the day y'all--I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Cheerios,

MC
Glad you had a good ride and got to experience this treasure of ours called Goat Camp. Used to be that the ascent was as hard as the descent but since they benched in all the new trails over the last few years, the climbing is smooth and "easy" (except for the obligatory hike-a-bike at the beginning) and has opened up the Goat for all to enjoy (or curse).

As for all the layering, Mr. Iditarod, we live in southern Arizona!! I was literally frozen by mid-day - chilled to the core, teeth chattering, and my legs could hardly move. You looked naked with all that exposed skin just waiting to be shredded by the rocks or vegetation. I trust you were comfortable with the weather, but maybe next time bring some armor for the other hazards, ok?

Thanks for the spin on your bike. I felt right at home :p
 

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mikesee said:
A fine time was had by all...
Mike those were some amazing shots, thank you. :thumbsup:

It was good meeting and riding with you, sounds like your travels were safe and not too hampered by the storms.

Until next time...

-JB
 
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