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So I met HW and we carpooled out to Mount Pinos, about 45 min north of his place. The air was clear and it didn't look like it would be too hot up there. We met Doug (aka pacman), for a little 18 mile out and back.

We started climbing, and I immediately felt the altitude, and the fact that all my riding for the previous 2 months has been fixed gear city riding.... the bike just felt foriegn.

Pacman climbing:


Hollywood following:


A nice little loose rocky up on a corner:


We took lots of breaks, so I could gasp like a fish out of water, but we finally got to the top.

The top was gneiss (poor geology humor):


HW looked grumpy, but pacman looked like he was having fun.


The view was pretty good too:



Congrats, you've just done 9 miles of climbing, what are you going to do next??
Go Down Fast.

Lots of tight twisty smooth single track, and some really good rollers to air off of.

Pacman rollin:


Hollywood rollin:


We even found a good log pile:


All in all it was a great ride, even though I was under fed, a tad dehidrated and at altitude. I hur the rest of the day but was to distracted by otherthings to notice, until I got home last night.
 

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Beautiful story, pics and *PINK* Surly! Definitely makes me envious on a Monday afternoon, but I guess I get to ride home after work (so it is not a total loss).

Thanks for the afternoon boost!

dd,,''
 

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A great ride indeed, the higher we climbed the cooler it got, a great relief from a heat wave.

1. gpsser makes the STIL climb.
2. gpsser and HW at the peak with the San Juaquin Valley about 8000' below.
 

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Whoa!

That looks far inferior to the O.C. Los Pinos Trail (If you have never ridden it, you should). In fact, you should scoot down to SJC right away, ride up the San Juan Trail, then ride down Los Pinos. Take a lot of pix and post a long ride report.

Heck, maybe I'll do it tomorrow.

Or maybe not.

miles
 

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miles said:
That looks far inferior to the O.C. Los Pinos Trail (If you have never ridden it, you should). In fact, you should scoot down to SJC right away, ride up the San Juan Trail, then ride down Los Pinos. Take a lot of pix and post a long ride report.

Heck, maybe I'll do it tomorrow.

Or maybe not.

miles
Miles is the guy to take you there. It is his "favorite" trails and he loves getting people to go see it!
 

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miles said:
That looks far inferior to the O.C. Los Pinos Trail.
miles
I'll do it RSN (Real Soon Now).

It's the usual story, the best parts of the trail were so much fun we couldn't stop. :D
 

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cool singletrack and hot fireroads (many pics)

gpsser said:
So I met HW and we carpooled out to Mount Pinos, about 45 min north of his place. The air was clear and it didn't look like it would be too hot up there. We met Doug (aka pacman), for a little 18 mile out and back.
Well THAT was an interesting 48 hrs....

In a nutshell, a small brushfire started in the valley I live in on Saturday. 5+ miles away, no big deal. Woke up Sunday morning to go meet Ken and Doug for the Mt. Pinos ride. Fire is "30% contained" and looking better. I meet Ken, and we carpool up Hwy. 5 to head for smoke-free air. At the end of the ride, I get a call on my cell that the winds have shifted and our neighborhood is now under mandatory evacuation. I tell Ken to hang on for a wild ride home, seeing that we're about an hour away. We blow by the street Ken left his car on and ask him if he'd mind coming to help."No problem" he says. Thanks Ken!

Closer to home we find a police roadblock not letting any cars though. We park the car, drag the bikes out and do a 2.5 mile SS sprint to the house, following fire engines and fire crews in. It's horse country, so lots of trucks w/horse trailers too. We pack up the two other cars with whatever *seems* like it's important (cash, pink jersey, condoms, "The Office" DVD, mullet wig, 6 pack of Dead Guy Ale and every f*cking bike and bike part I can cram into or on top of the car - incl. the 2 we just rode in with). My mom and brother-in-law are all grabbing stuff and packing cars as well. Last to go is the two cats in cat carriers.

from the high-speed run home:


Home:


Priorities!!!!


People & horses out, engines in.


Air support


Oh yeah - almost forgot that we went on a ride earlier that day!

Ken aka gpsser climbs into the woods...


Doug's sanded down, full-sussy, i-Drive'd singlespeed with Boone ti cog & chainring and 5th Element shock.


While Ken changes a flat, I note the irony in his choice of stickers ;)


Group shot at the summit @ 8900'. At this point I have no idea about the chaos breaking out back home. "Great day - huh guys? How 'bout some lunch?" Not.


We were allowed to return home late last night. A very bizarre coupla days indeed. No houses burned, and big props to the firefighters that came from all over and worked endlessly day & night. I talked to some of them and these guys were almost sleepwalking they were so exhausted.

HW

PS - Official cause of the fire was: A red-tail hawk flew into some power lines, fireballed, and dropped to the dry brush below. 6,000 acres later, we got to go home. Crazy.
 

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Well THAT was an interesting 48 hrs....

HW
Glad to see everything turned out for the best. Nice pics.

By the way HW, I thought you gave up on ol' Marzy squishy. You end up taking her back? How long were you in the doghouse for that little stunt?
 

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Glad to see everything turned out for the best. Nice pics.

By the way HW, I thought you gave up on ol' Marzy squishy. You end up taking her back? How long were you in the doghouse for that little stunt?
Darn it . you beat me to the punch. I was going to say the exact same thing. Of course we both are probably a day late and a dollar short.
 

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ooh another thing i can add. I am not gay..but i liked your hair better the other way. Chicks dig the short style nowadays it seems though.
 

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SS makeover

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ooh another thing i can add. I am not gay..but i liked your hair better the other way.
Hey nothing wrong with admitting you like another man's hair on a public internet forum, I'm cool with that and can appreciate your opinion.

However...

you *may* want to try this little quiz and see how things "come out". ;)

xoxo,
HW
 

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Hollywood said:
Hey nothing wrong with admitting you like another man's hair on a public internet forum, I'm cool with that and can appreciate your opinion.

However...

you *may* want to try this little quiz and see how things "come out". ;)

xoxo,
HW
hey , i guess i should have PM you the hair message huh? Would that have been less gay or more ?

For your entertainment- I took the quiz. It said i was bi. They said they were 35 to 45% sure. I told them they were wrong.
I love woman of all races. Especially ones that ride bikes. It doesnt even matter what they look like or how old they are(NOt referring to very young ones). But i am married anyway. I guess i should try to get her to ride a bike.

I hope he takes no offense, but the guy you are standing next too in the last picture is standing a little funny.
 

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Oh and another thing ...You just dont look like a "Hollywood" anymore.
You remind me of a george da trog/melt.
Please NO offense to anyone. i like all you guys.
 
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