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Happy New Year! Some of us from the BB&T (Bikes-beers-and-tacos) group are heading down to ride Fort Ord tomorrow. Bit of a haul, so we are meeting at 8th & Giggling at 10:30... Some of us have ridden at Ord a few times, but never from 8th & G so we may be doing some "Lost Patrol" riding - but expect to have a good time! Pace will be moderate with stops to regroup, gel-out and be social. Anyone feels like joining us, com'on down!
 

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Sounds like fun

ATBScott said:
Happy New Year! Some of us from the BB&T (Bikes-beers-and-tacos) group are heading down to ride Fort Ord tomorrow.
Hopefully the soil will be more cooperative for you guys then up my way. Been raining pretty good since about 10 this morning.
 

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Hopefully the soil will be more cooperative for you guys then up my way. Been raining pretty good since about 10 this morning.
I rode Ft Ord this afternoon. The soil is perfect! The few areas that are sandy in the summer are now damp enough to ride through. This is the time of year for Ft Ord. It's why Sea Otter is held this time of year.

You are right about Inter-Garrison for getting to the trails fast.

Here's is how to get to Inter-Garrison... If you have a GPS or if you use Google Earth/Google Maps, plug these coordinates in... N 36 39.314 W 121 45.454

Otherwise... Take Highway One to Reservation Road... Go east through the town of Marina to (Right on) Imjin Road, (Left on) Abrams, (Left on) Inter-Garrison to end of the road/barricade.

The Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) website has a pdf map of the area.

www.MORCAmtb.org/trails
 

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JMac47 - HEAD ON DOWN! If you leave in a bit you can make it. :)

Jim Ryan - thanks, the directions will be a bit different coming from 101 won't they...?
Salinas, head Southwest on 68, right on Reservation Rd, Left on East Garrison, Left on 8th and head to Giggling... Am I off on this? Thanks!
 

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JMac47 - HEAD ON DOWN! If you leave in a bit you can make it. :)

Jim Ryan - thanks, the directions will be a bit different coming from 101 won't they...?
Salinas, head Southwest on 68, right on Reservation Rd, Left on East Garrison, Left on 8th and head to Giggling... Am I off on this? Thanks!
Sorry I didn't see this earlier... but, your route is spot on. You know that by now though.

-Jim
 

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We had a blast at Ord today. nativeson met us at the parking area and we let him lead us on a few bazillion little trails in that huge maze of things... There were signs that were all face-down (one of our crew picked one up to look at it...) that said "Area Closed" but since it was face-down we went through. Can't begin to tell you what we hit, but it was fun. Since I mentioned that I can't stand that gravelly-road climb up Pilarcitos Canyon (bad hallucinations from a 24-hour race there a number of years back) we ended up grinding up that. Of course, rolling down the fireroads and then Trail 50 was pretty damn fun too... Lots of great stuff. Most of us had planned a 20 - 25 mile ride max - we ended up doing about 32. I was fighting cramps off the last 6 or 7 miles, but still felt like it was a great ride. Walked the SS in a few places - save some energy for the spots where I could have some fun! Have to get back there again this "winter". Conditions were superbe. Thanks a ton nativeson and I look forward to riding there again - esp. as I gain some more fitness once I can get on the bike some more!
 

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Good ride

ATBScott said:
Happy New Year! Some of us from the BB&T (Bikes-beers-and-tacos) group are heading down to ride Fort Ord tomorrow. Bit of a haul, so we are meeting at 8th & Giggling at 10:30... Some of us have ridden at Ord a few times, but never from 8th & G so we may be doing some "Lost Patrol" riding - but expect to have a good time! Pace will be moderate with stops to regroup, gel-out and be social. Anyone feels like joining us, com'on down!
Yeah, as ATBScott says, we expected 20 miles or a bit more. We got 31.5 by my GPS. We went from our starting point all the way out to the end of Goat Trail and back, retracing much of the old and new Sea Otter course.

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good times......

...you tell me if some of that stuff is steeper than it looks. atbscott i guess i didn't know/figure out you were on a singlespeed, intense! california is always dry.....here's to mid 60's weather for the beginning of this b.c.e. new year and some longer rides @ ft ord, i thought this was el nino!!!!! thanks again for the great company and hopefully we'll see y'all soon.
 

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I have a question for you Ft Ord pros. What trails/roads should I work on as I get into mountain biking? Some of the trails out there are way too steep for a 30 something someone who has never done any previous climbing, and I would prefer to ride than push. Give me a few weeks, and then I might try to tackle some of the biguns.

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GrayBeard Pirate said:
I have a question for you Ft Ord pros. What trails/roads should I work on as I get into mountain biking? Some of the trails out there are way too steep for a 30 something someone who has never done any previous climbing, and I would prefer to ride than push. Give me a few weeks, and then I might try to tackle some of the biguns.

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If you are a newer rider and still building endurance/strength, I would stick to the 8th and Giggling side of Fort Ord. IMO there is a lot more single track and less "hilly" terrain.
 

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GreyBeard - The 8th & G side is good - just get out there and do it. If you can't ride it, notice where you stopped, get off and push, and next time see how much farther you can make it past that point. It gives you goals and a way to measure your improvement! At risk of being sued by Nike: "Just Do It"!
 

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GrayBeard Pirate said:
I have a question for you Ft Ord pros. What trails/roads should I work on as I get into mountain biking? Some of the trails out there are way too steep for a 30 something someone who has never done any previous climbing, and I would prefer to ride than push. Give me a few weeks, and then I might try to tackle some of the biguns.

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If you want to ride the Creekside Terrace area trails without having to do the initial climb in and the last climb to get out, you can enter the trail system from Anza Dr. just off of Portola. It'll put you on Oil Well Rd., right at the bottom of Lower Goat (#41).
 

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GreyBeardPirate -How was your 1st ride out there? Gigling is a great area to start. I dragged my 2 kids in their Burley this past weekend over there. Mostly on the asphalt but snuck in some singletrack.Not even close to being a pro but I'v been at this for only 4 mos. now and my normal loop is Creekside Trailhead-30-sandy ridge rd-36-jacks rd- 3 sisters-42(Redrock, scary fun) or 43 (ewok)-Pilarcitos Cyn (grind) up to laguna seca about 220' up to 810' in about 2mi.-skyline-47(couch)-48-47-guidotti rd to skyline-44-41-up jacks rd to 72 down 31 and your back to your car. Its a fun loop but has some good climbs. Its still quite a challenge for me but so much fun. REI has a great map of the trails in ft ord and you can use google earth to check out elevation gains/ decents. Its budget but it works for me.
 

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GreyBeardPirate -How was your 1st ride out there? Gigling is a great area to start. I dragged my 2 kids in their Burley this past weekend over there. Mostly on the asphalt but snuck in some singletrack.Not even close to being a pro but I'v been at this for only 4 mos. now and my normal loop is Creekside Trailhead-30-sandy ridge rd-36-jacks rd- 3 sisters-42(Redrock, scary fun) or 43 (ewok)-Pilarcitos Cyn (grind) up to laguna seca about 220' up to 810' in about 2mi.-skyline-47(couch)-48-47-guidotti rd to skyline-44-41-up jacks rd to 72 down 31 and your back to your car. Its a fun loop but has some good climbs. Its still quite a challenge for me but so much fun. REI has a great map of the trails in ft ord and you can use google earth to check out elevation gains/ decents. Its budget but it works for me.
Had a great time out there, but almost crapped out in the first mile or two. Wasn't quite ready to start the ride with a long climb.
 
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