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the almost epic ride that needs a better name, since it is not actually epic, and I resent the careles way in which a simple run to the Walgreen's has suddenly become "epic" thusly devaluing the term from all actually epic rides. But "Hawes\Pass Mtn Loop" is rather ho-hum.

Here are my suggestions so far:

* Passing the Red Sister
* Pass the Red Twister
* Hawes\Pass Mtn Intensely Colorful Loop

I got all of the Tower drop-in today for the first time, so I guess this is a shameless "Yay Me!" thread.

Yay Me!
 

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DurtGurl said:
Yay you! Last time I was on the Tower trail (hiking on Thanksgiving), it was lookin mighty sketchy.

Hawes/Pass Loopidoo?
I was up there Saturday and it looked pretty bad. I had only been up there once before (last year) and I seem to remember it being a lot more "solid" than Saturday.
 

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I'd offer up an alternative, but I'd just be defaulting to Lebowski terms....so my vote is for the Intensely colorful name...reminds me items of a chinese menu...so you might have to add the word "glorious" somewhere in that name as well.
 

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Happy Hawes Pass Mtn Loopidoo with Black Bean Sauce is certainly an improvement.

conditions on Hawes were about par for the course - its kitty litter and I dont think its ever going to change. I just felt really good, picturing the dropin all week and was really focused on hitting it since last year - being able to see it from my house and having never cleaned it got me very motivated. I dropped the seat 4-5 inches, which DG encouraged me to do last time we rode Holbert, and since then I have been having a lot more success on steeps. This was my XC bike (29er), and I had actually forgotten my suspension was locked out until I passed the 3rd slot by the saguaro :eek: The seat down made such a huge difference to my feeling of control on the steeps, suspension wasnt a big deal.

last time I did this loop I rode my 6inch Heckler, which let me be a little more aggressive in some spots on Pass Mtn etc descending and it did help me stick on a few climbing trials, but the lighter 29er on the whole was a much better choice for this route - i had to ride it a little cleaner through the chunks, but I had so much more energy all ride.

Super fun day, tons of hikers and a few bikers on Pass Mtn but everyone was friendly. Nothing like checking something off your "Cleaned it!" List to start the work week right :D
 

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What kinda bike do you ride, Cholla? Just wondering if we've crossed paths before (yesterday or otherwise). I was out at Hawes for a short ride yesterday ~8:45 - 10:15AM. Nice day, except for the wind coming from the North/North-East...in other words, in your face for almost everything going "up"!
 

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BullitTom said:
What kinda bike do you ride, Cholla? Just wondering if we've crossed paths before (yesterday or otherwise). I was out at Hawes for a short ride yesterday ~8:45 - 10:15AM. Nice day, except for the wind coming from the North/North-East...in other words, in your face for almost everything going "up"!
I was on a white\red Kona 29r, which is my usual Hawes bike. I launched about 8:30 and was a the bottom of Twisted at 9:15. So prolly didnt see you yesterday, but for sure say hello next time.
 
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