Regrettably, I couldn't make the Gathering 'cause I was tied up saturday. Was out on my road bike today though riding on 49 and had two flats in a row. No more spare tubes, no cell coverage, not excited about hitchhiking around North San Juan - then Brad (I think was his name, I'm horrible with names) pulls up on his way back from the gathering. He generously offers me a ride back to Grass Valley and saved me from what could have been a really long and unpleasant afternoon. He said he's not on MTBR, so if you're from Bakersfield and know him (was driving a white Tahoe type vehicle/had a GF 29er), please tell him again how thankful I am that he stopped to help and for being so generous.
Of course I made the mistake of asking him how the event was in Downieville - he said it was a blast! Kicked myself doubly for missing out...:madman:
Here's Kirt and Ty aka 'Dirt Diggler' on the PBR contest. At stake is an XTR cogset and XTR trigger shifters. They are the finalists from a group of five. They have to put the empty can on top of their head and bite off the can.
The contest was very close but Ty had a bit of spillage and backflow and he didn't bite off the can.
Excellent time. Thanks to JustJeff for letting us use some space in his campsite. :thumbsup:
1. Rensho on Butchers
2. random biker chick riding the waterfall on Butchers like it was smooth single track
3. in town
4. in 30 minutes, that rain will be on us
5. The Law on Pauly
6. The Law on Pauly
7. Baycat on Pauly
8. grrrah on Butchers
9. sunset from the top
1) The object of every camping trip is to load up the car to the absolute capacity. Here is our rental SUV (thank you carreview.com). I had visions of fitting a couple bikes in the back (ha, ha) but when the car arrived, I quickly went to the store to 'rent' a bike rack too. It was all good except we're three short dudes and had to do some monkey climbing to get the bikes on the roof. Man, those pink grips are heavy!
2) The worst part about a road trip is leaving the kids. The girls are ok but the little boy's eyes can't lie.
3) The drive wasn't so bad. It was only a three DVD operation. Are we there yet???
4) 9:46 pm arrival time and 14.3 mpg average. Damm traffic. Damm V8.
5) At the camp, there's a Wii and Guitar Hero Three. WOW!
6,7) While sitting around waiting for our shuttle driver, Derek and I rode Deer Lake Trail out and back. That trail is actually pretty incredible and the trail head is 50 feet from camp.
8) Pineapplebob shows some log skills with the Fuji Reveal.
9) This is Mark's first time at Downieville, first time on an FS bike. His horizons were widened.
Here is a photo of the natural progression of the MTB. First is was the horse and buggy then it was the Hi Wheeler then it was the small wheeled Mountain Bike. May be we should of left the big wheel alone and worked with it all along
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