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I couldn't even tell you what town we were near but I do know that we rode up to Mary's Peak. My recount went something like this:

9:20 - Jump in the car all loaded up and wondering if I am going to make it to the Safeway on time.

9:21 - Remembering I am going to meet bikers and not my professor and figure I have a little extra time as I will likely be the first one there arriving a few minutes late. Couple that with the promptness that most Oregonians have and I am reassured that I will not be the last person to get there.

9:30 - Arrive right on time! Wow already ~10 or so people, this is going to be a big group.

9:35 - Confirm with Chris that I am not with a bunch of recovering alcoholics and that I it would be a good idea to go get some beer. Hmm Black Butte or Session Lager, back and forth back and forth... I'll go with the safe bet. I throw the porter up on the conveyor belt and hand the cashier my (out of state) license. She does the usual, where the hell is the date on this thing and I point it out to her.
Her: "Yeah. I already found that, but it's cracked."
Me: "Ok"
Her: "It's state law that I not accept a cracked ID. At this point it's no longer valid."
Me: "What?"
Her: "Yeah"
Me: "So I am pretty much screwed huh?"
Her: "Yep"

Run back to the cars to see everyone getting ready to head out, sad and beerless.

11:00 - Arrive at trailhead. Being new to the area I couldn't even tell you the road we took to get there much less where the hell we were.

Through the parking lot and up to the gate. A guy in a Paul's jersey (Gary) is gone. I mean I look up and around and I thought I remember seeing him get out of the car but he is already out of site. Turns out he is a roadie and I am suddenly ok with him being out of site in the same time it has taken me to deftly maneuver around the gate. I climb with Chris and Matt but mostly just think about spinning the pedals and hoping my sandwich will be enough to tide me over. And that ******* girl from the Safeway.

At this point I don't keep track of time but I do know that we climbed a long gravel road. Maybe 2 miles, maybe more. I have no idea. At the other end we hit a gate and drop off to the left for some singletrack, sweet getting into the groove again, and were done. Hmm... 2+ miles of gravel road for 20 yards of singletrack. We reconvene and find the rest of the trail. Singletrack climbing for a couple of miles. We stopped at some spots and had to dab on some of the switchbacks. Talked with Gen. Coonskins as we made our way up to the top. It was pretty foggy and you could not make much out in the valley and looking back towards the coast visibility was around nil so not much to say there. The last guy up was Turtle which I thought was a bit of a misnomer at first, he arrived with a couple of other people. Turns out he has a habit of crashing and landing on his back which for some reason I found to be pretty humorous. Time for some downhill though!

Drop in and ride through the hole that has been left by a huge root ball. The root wad was a 3-5 feet over my head. I didn't stop to get the tape measure out but it was pretty good size. Stop again at intersection and lose Hank who is going to skip out on account of his knee bothering him. We take off again navigating some pretty technical spots in places. It is a bit different than NC where if you are on a tech. trail, you know it cause it tries to throw you off the whole way down. Here you go through short open spans with great line-of-sights and then hit the brakes for a tiny but really technical section, then you get off the brakes again and start flying, hit the breaks and repeat. It tries to lull you into thinking you are an awesome rockstar and then BAM, nasty wet roots that drop away down a more than healthy pitch into a giant tree. We keep doing this for a few miles down before coming to another intersection. Shiggy, Brock, Turtle, and ??? head back up one of the sections we had already climbed up. The rest of us bomb down to the 2nd gate. 4 miles of pave climbing!! Whoohoo.

We stop to look at a waterfall and a lady who answers all of Matts questions about the flowers. Keep on climbing, the climb was just enough that I didn't have to get out of the saddle for it which I am grateful for. Nearing the top, I know it is all downhill from there. That beer would taste mighty nice, I curse the Safeway girl again for ruining my post-ride meal.

All downhill from here. It's beautiful. I can say I have never ridden through an area like it and so I stop every so often just to take it in. It's very cool to ride down a trail and go through a variety of groundcover, trees, flora, etc. Back to the gate finally and I curse the Safeway girl one last time as I realize that no one else brought beer.

I think the whole trip was in the order of 14-17 miles and we were back in the parking lot at 4:30. 3500ft. of climbing.
 

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Yes, that was a great ride! I've been riding these parts since 1985 yet I'd never ridden Mary's Peak until yesterday.

Call me "???" or Davey or Sparty... good to meet you Zach. As for beer, next time you can borrow my ID. :grin:
 

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Dang! I've been wanting to catch Mary's with the DOD but haven't checked the mailing list for a while. And the wife was out of town, had the day free!:madman:
 

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Thanks for the photos guys. It was a fun day; especially the post-ride tacos...and watching Sparty debranch a tree...with his head.

Brock...

PS: FYI...wet roots+high rates of speed+off camber+no skill whatsoever=lots of dirt and muck running down the drain...if you were curious.
 

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interesting.

Did you guys ride around twice? Why didn't you just go up east ridge instead of the pavement? As a locals with this ride 20 min. away, we tend to ride the gravel road to east ridge up down north ridge, back around on tie trail up east ridge and down north ridge. just the 2 ridge trails net you with the road, about 12 miles. nice to see the dod in the northern parts.
 

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It was a great ride.
It was nice seeing some of the newer DOD members show up for Sparty's first trip outside of Lane County. :p

Mary's Teat is pretty cool.:D

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crashomatic said:
Did you guys ride around twice? Why didn't you just go up east ridge instead of the pavement? As a locals with this ride 20 min. away, we tend to ride the gravel road to east ridge up down north ridge, back around on tie trail up east ridge and down north ridge. just the 2 ridge trails net you with the road, about 12 miles. nice to see the dod in the northern parts.
Our route included all of the trails, the gravel road and the pavement :) 17 miles total ride length and just shy of 4k of climbing.

Route: Park at end of Woods Creek Road, out gravel to East Ridge trail, up East Ridge to top of Mary's Peak. Down North Ridge to Tie trail, accross Tie trail back to Eastridge. Down Eastridge (can you say FAST!) to gravel and pavement. Up paved road to top of Mary's Peak again. Down North Ridge to Woods Creek Road and cars.

Does that make sense?

It's well worth the trip when we can make the ride just that much longer, I've done the ride just up East Ridge and down North Ridge, and it was fun but I felt like I needed more...
 

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Great trail shots, thanks for sharing the pics.

Mary's, has been on my "trail to do list" for too long now and I am definitely going to make it down there soon since I now have a visual to go along with.

So, what is the preferred route to ride it, minimizing time on roads and climbs and maximizing the descents if anyone doesn't mind sharing?
 

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jgusta said:
Great trail shots, thanks for sharing the pics.

Mary's, has been on my "trail to do list" for too long now and I am definitely going to make it down there soon since I now have a visual to go along with.

So, what is the preferred route to ride it, minimizing time on roads and climbs and maximizing the descents if anyone doesn't mind sharing?
You must go up if you want to come down.
 
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