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Meadow loop, Aspen Draw, secret trail, road, green mtn, road, molino basin, road. 9K down to about 2,500 and 30 miles of killer technical downhill. We had intended to add Meligrosa but a crash where John almost lost his bike, a mechanical and a shortage of water prevented it this time. It was a killer day and IMHO the best technical DH I've ever done. Green Mtn is truly a thing of raw beauty.

1. 7 people and 6 bikes makes for a tight fit
2. our intreped crew
3. Sean rectifies leaving his keys at the base of the mountain and Devo shows his concern
 

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1. Sean on Aspen Draw
2. John struts his stuff and later asks, "Why didn't you tell me aobut this before?" - you didn't ask ;-)
3. Cooper leaving the gulch on the way to Summerhaven
 

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1. We alomst lost John after he almost lost his bike off a 40 ft cliff but our yelling across the canyon finally got him to us
2. Gettin ready for greenie's last DH
3. Molino - saw a crew working further down which was cool and we gave them our thanks. Now if we can get dale to show us bug and link in maligrosa then wrods can't even describe how awesome this ride would be
 

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The "Girl Next Door" turned out to be a beauty queen...

I have only been trail riding for a bit over two years, and for most of that time the trails at the upper altitudes of Mt. Lemmon/Catalinas have been off limits from the two summers of fire damage. So even though I had discovered the wonder of La Milagrosa, I had no idea what kinds of trails were higher up the Mt. Lemmon highway.

Yesterday Yuri and Harry gave me the grand guided tour. It was like finding that the next door neighbor is Miss America. I had no clue the beauty and technical quality of the trails at the upper elevations. These were the kinds of trails I have been driving all over Arizona to find, and here they are within view of my house!

True, I very nearly LOST my ride. It slipped down an embankment and hung up on a large root at the edge of a 40 foot drop. It probably wouldn't have been worth retrieving it. But almost only counts in horseshoes, so it was all good!

Thanks to Yuri, H. Cooper and their buds. We MUST do that again!

John W.
 

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papajohn said:
Thanks to Yuri, H. Cooper and their buds. We MUST do that again!

John W.
Amen to that! And next time we drop water at molino and get an earlier start so we can do Meligrosa. The idea of Bug springs is also burning a hole in my brain ;-)
Helluva ride - I'm still grinnin. You would have love it Rex
 

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YuriB said:
A few more
1) Greenie DH begins
2) Lunch(ish)
3) John climbs
Is that guy wearing a full face to climb? I noticed another guy a few pics back wearing one too...did you miss the pics of the 12ft drops? Or am I missing something? Just doesn't look THAT techinical to me, and I would hate to suffer in a FF all day unless there was some possibility of real carnage..looks like I could do that ride on my Klein hardtail and Giro Pneumo...or maybe no lid at all...or maybe I'm just being too critical..sorry if that's the case...
 

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1) Greenie again
2) During the first section of road I got a view of where we started
3) I just like this pic - I mean how can you not appreciate those socks?
 

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riggse said:
.sorry if that's the case...
Apology accepted on John's behalf - twice your age and likes his face. The ride certainly has some sections that will make your gonads ascend (or descend depending) but we were having too much fun to stop and take pics.
 

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Is that guy wearing a full face to climb? I noticed another guy a few pics back wearing one too...did you miss the pics of the 12ft drops? Or am I missing something? Just doesn't look THAT techinical to me, and I would hate to suffer in a FF all day unless there was some possibility of real carnage..looks like I could do that ride on my Klein hardtail and Giro Pneumo...or maybe no lid at all...or maybe I'm just being too critical..sorry if that's the case...
Indeed, "that guy" and "another guy" who are both actually named John, were wearing a FF helmet all day. You are obviously a super slick, super skilled, fearless rider, who doesn't have to worry about the same concerns I have, but for me, any ride has the "possibility of carnage", so I stick to the FF helmet even though clowns like you come out of the woodwork with their silly comments...

Incidently, in one of those sandy washes on the Molino Basin Trail where nobody has a right to crash, in my late afternoon fatigue I washed out and did a face-first dive into the deep sand. After I finished spitting all the sand out I realized I would probably have ground off a fair bit of my chin but for the FF helmet. That's why I wear one.

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papajohn said:
Indeed, "that guy" and "another guy" who are both actually named John, were wearing a FF helmet all day. You are obviously a super slick, super skilled, fearless rider, who doesn't have to worry about the same concerns I have, but for me, any ride has the "possibility of carnage", so I stick to the FF helmet even though clowns like you come out of the woodwork with their silly comments...

Incidently, in one of those sandy washes on the Molino Basin Trail where nobody has a right to crash, in my late afternoon fatigue I washed out and did a face-first dive into the deep sand. After I finished spitting all the sand out I realized I would probably have ground off a fair bit of my chin but for the FF helmet. That's why I wear one.

John W.
Yeah, that's it. Super skilled & fearless.

Settle down, it was just a question, and I apologized in advance. No need to be a jerk about it.
 

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Sounds like a cool ride guys....we saw you guys loading up at the base of Lemmon. We were the retards fighting head winds climbing up Lemmon on our SS's. We ended up doing the Bolota loop...... About full faced masks....this is me one time taking it easy down Molina with my EX. Wish I had a FF that day!! ER's & Denist suk.
 

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Looks like fun. You guys had a big group. Scanjok and myself saw you when we were riding up on our SS's.
Ah you were the ones chasing the new road bikes and their sparkly reflectors. Did you come out on reddington or meligrosa?
 

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Ouch!

scanjok said:
Sounds like a cool ride guys....we saw you guys loading up at the base of Lemmon. We were the retards fighting head winds climbing up Lemmon on our SS's. We ended up doing the Bolota loop...... About full faced masks....this is me one time taking it easy down Molina with my EX. Wish I had a FF that day!! ER's & Denist suk.
I hate to see that, but it pretty much illustrates the reality I have to deal with. One moment of inattention and anything can happen on almost any trail for me. I haven't yet met the rider who could unerringly schedule his/her crashes and dress accordingly just for that occasion.

I find that SixSixOne Carbon helmet to be lightweight but sturdy, and while less comfortable than a regular helmet, I wouldn't say I suffer in it.
Whatever, it's just a personal preference, and it never dawned on me to post making an issue about somebody wearing a regular helmet!

More importantly, back to the trails, I agree with Yuri that the Green Mountain Trail was particularly stellar. Unfortunately I lost the group before starting a very steep, long technical switchback section, where I could not cut loose and ride with abandon because I was half certain it was not the right trail, and I was going to have to climb all the way up it again to find the rest of the guys!

That trail alone is worth a return real soon.

What is the ride to Belota like, and where do you find the trail?

John W.
 
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