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It was time today to dust off the mud&snow bike and take an extended lunch break...

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Drove up Page Mill onto the Montebello parking lot... the Black Mountain looked all but black today. I first kicked myself for forgetting to bring the memory card of my real camera, then headed to Bella Vista trail, taking shots along the way with my cellphone (hence the craptastic image quality).

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Laying down the first tracks on a powder day, it doesn't get much better than this...

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Near the summit there was about two inches of the white fluffy stuff...

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I wasn't alone at the summit, some hikers and trail runners were enjoying the sunny break in the weather as well.

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This is one way fireroads become fun again, even at speeds well below 15mph...

The descent down Bella Vista was the most fun I had on these trails in quite a while. Some tire talk to wrap up: the Velociraptors worked surprisingly well, I only stacked once on the downhill and never did a crash on the bike feel so pleasant...
 

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rensho said:
Don't you people work?!!! Dang it! I'm so jealous.
Hey it was so much fun I was twice as productive after the ride. Made more than up for the lost time!
 

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ElHombre said:
Hey it was so much fun I was twice as productive after the ride. Made more than up for the lost time!
Good on you to 'make hay while the sun shines', or in this case, 'get yur ass up there before it melts'. :D

Loved seeing the pics.
 

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rensho said:
Good on you to 'make hay while the sun shines', or in this case, 'get yur ass up there before it melts'. :D

Loved seeing the pics.
I don't want to rub it in but... when I woke up this morning and saw how clear and crisp it was, I just had to extend my morning commute and spend an hour riding again, this time the Gap/Long Ridge.

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View from Turtle Rock to the west

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and the east

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The snow was fairly hard and crunchy (TahoeBC could chime in and probably give you an exact ISO classification ;) ), but offered fantastic traction - the Gap trail was in great shape.

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It looked pretty too...
 

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I hope you dug a pit to access the stability of the snow layers, you can never be to careful traveling through the snow covered back country
 

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TahoeBC said:
I hope you dug a pit to access the stability of the snow layers, you can never be to careful traveling through the snow covered back country
Sound advice! Next time I'll bring gear and strap a shovel on the top tube...
 
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