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If anyone has passion, it's MTBNate. He's in state visiting family and decided to hook up with us to ride Medio Dia. Medio Dia is a canyon that runs up the south side of the Jemez mountains. It's hard to find the trail, but it's an awesome ride if you can find it. So, hooking up with some locals who know the trail seems like a great idea. Well, except the trail starts around 5800' and climbs to 9000' over 13 miles. Now Nate is from Louisiana at an altitude of 150' and said the highest hill around is maybe 150' high. So agreeing to do 3200' of climbing when not adjusted to the altitude takes some courage...or maybe the lack of oxygen had something to do with it. Well, that and I don't think anyone bothered to tell him it involved lots of climbing. :thumbsup:

The drive to Dixon's apple orchard, where the ride starts is a pretty desolate drive. But, you get to see the mesas that we're riding approach from a distance...


I met up with MTBNate, Mtn. Biker123, and Notaknob at Dixon's. Just as we were about to head out, Nate breaks the bolt to his seat collar. This ride is way out in the middle of nowhere, so we've got to rig something together. First try was to use a bottle cage bolt. Unfortunately, the thread pitch is different than the Hope collar. So, Nate decided to shim it with some aluminum from a can and then zip tie it. Good enough to get 25+ miles of riding in.


Here are some of the shots along the ride...Nate along the lower portion of Medio Dia


One of the Cholla cactus that we passed was in bloom


Nate on one of the few downhill parts of the climb up...


The ride wasn't all about trying to cause Nate physical discomfort. There really is a lot of natural beauty slowly going by. Here you can see some of the canyon walls...


Onward and upward Nate climbed. Maybe he didn't have the legs and lungs that we did, but that didn't stop him...


To break up some of the monotony of the ride, Mtn. Biker123 shows Nate how to jump a large tree in the trail as long as there is a pile of rocks right in front of it...


Singletrack, more singletrack and still more singletrack, but Nate kept going....


We stopped for a break. Nate had his Louisiana power supplement--a moon pie


and we had our New Mexico power supplements...;)


After the snack, the trail got mean rocky. Call it Medio Dia's nasty side. Mtn. Biker123 wanted to show us how to get over one of the rock obstacles. Turns out he showed us how to get his tire wedged in it. :thumbsup:



So Notaknob had to show how it was done--stay to the right and bash through the growth...





Mtn. Biker123 a short while later going up one of the rocky ledges in that section of trail...


Nearing a small lake in the trail at about 8500', the canyon starts to open up. Here are MTBNate, Notaknob and Mtn. Biker123 riding through one of the mountain meadows.


Nate was still going, but starting to look a little tired. Here you can see him wondering why the heck he agreed to come with us....


We finally stopped for lunch around 2pm at an old ruin of a cabin just below the lake. While we rest up, Nate hangs his head and ponders if that moon pie is going to stay down. At some point during lunch he asks me "so do you guys always take people who live at sealevel on these flatlander death rides"...something like that. I can't remember how he put it, but it made me laugh--and hence the title of the post.


At that point, I had to call it a day. I needed to go pick up the kids at the sitters. So, I headed back down while Nate and the others continued on up for a few miles. On the way out, I decided to try to get my Suburu up the forest road instead of driving around. I managed to get through and got a great look at the canyon we had just ridden up. Here, you can see the barns of Dixon's orchard just to the bottom left of the shot just as the rains were moving in. We had started there and ridden up that deep canyon all the way to the tops of the mesas. It's a beautiful ride, so if you're in that part of New Mexico you should make some time to do it.


Nate had stuck it out and managed to do a pretty impressive 25+ mile loop over some rough terrain. Here's a profile of the loop that I did....Nate probably added another 500'-1000' of climbing to it after I left. I'd have to say that a guy living at 150' doing a ride like that has some passion. Glad I got to ride with ya, Nate.
 

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I want to hear Nates side of the story;)
 

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Nice writeup. I have an Uncle that lives between Los Alamos and Jemez Springs (I've ridden my road bike in that area but I'm new to MTN biking: Love it!)...where is Medio Dia? I assume there are other trails in that area?


I think it's time to go visit the Uncle again!

Mikey
 

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Mtn. Biker123 said:
Thanks Von, nice write up! We are headed up to REM tomorrow. Can you play?
Thanks for the invite. I'd love to come but already have plans with the family. Plus, I'm still trying to get over my last trip down ReM with you. :D Maybe next time.
 

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Frozenspokes said:
I want to hear Nates side of the story;)
He managed to get out of bed and post up some of his ride photos on the NM board. So, he survived just fine. :thumbsup: Here's a link to his short ride report and photos. http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=4634017#poststop

The link above should take you to Nate's writeup. If not, it's one of the last few posts in the 'Thurs, July 3rd ride' thread.
 

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MikeyLikesIt said:
Nice writeup. I have an Uncle that lives between Los Alamos and Jemez Springs (I've ridden my road bike in that area but I'm new to MTN biking: Love it!)...where is Medio Dia? I assume there are other trails in that area?

I think it's time to go visit the Uncle again!

Mikey
Sounds like your uncle lives right around that area. Medio Dia runs between Cochiti Pueblo and Los Alamos. It basically parallels FR 289, which I'm sure you've ridden by on the road bike.

There are loads and loads of trails in that area, but no existing comprehensive map of the trail system out there. Not all of the trails have names, but the named ones that I can recall are: Medio Dia, Crosstown, Motown, Carl Shipman, Bland Canyon, Killer Switchbacks, Alamos Switchbacks, Over 40, East Fork, North Pass, Dragon's Spine, hmm...others but I don't remember right now. Go to the NM board and do a search under those names. You'll find trail info over there.

Next time you're out, bring the MTB and post up on the NM board. Someone will hook up with you and show you the trails.
 

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Rotmilky said:
Sounds like your uncle lives right around that area. Medio Dia runs between Cochiti Pueblo and Los Alamos. It basically parallels FR 289, which I'm sure you've ridden by on the road bike.

There are loads and loads of trails in that area, but no existing comprehensive map of the trail system out there. Not all of the trails have names, but the named ones that I can recall are: Medio Dia, Crosstown, Motown, Carl Shipman, Bland Canyon, Killer Switchbacks, Alamos Switchbacks, Over 40, East Fork, North Pass, Dragon's Spine, hmm...others but I don't remember right now. Go to the NM board and do a search under those names. You'll find trail info over there.

Next time you're out, bring the MTB and post up on the NM board. Someone will hook up with you and show you the trails.
Thanks Rot, I will do that. The juices are flowing now. I'm sure my uncle is familiar, or at least aware of some of those trails...he doesn't bike but knows many that do. He also does search and rescue. I need to do some hard/long road and trail miles to build some more lung capacity before I come up there. BTW, I hiked East Fork many years ago...beautiful!

Thanks for this post...I'm getting out the maps and e-mailing the uncle!

Mikey
 

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Frozenspokes said:
I want to hear Nates side of the story;)
Yeah, I survived... it wasn't easy for me by any stretch... but thanks to the Bandoleros for showing me the goods and waiting for me to catch up a couple dozen+ times.

Sure I was foolish enough to join the Bandoleros for their version of a 'Flat Lander Challenge'... little did I know it would involve riding straight up a canyon from 5500' to 8500' and back down over a 8 hr period.

I did survive, and thanks for waiting for me to cough up my lungs while taking a break waiting for me to catch up!! :D

I did manage a few pix of the ride...

Bandoleros huck logs...




These guys hauled this up with them (4 cans of Tecate, 2 Heinekin tall boys, a small pint-keg of Heinekin, a 5th of JD, numerous miniatures of JD & Jim Beam... seems that it's the NM krewe's secret energy drink because these cats climbed their 35 lbs Tuner 6" suspension bikes like mountain goats.... and here I thought the beer we stopped to buy was for after the ride!! What a n00b I am! :D




Dirt roadies these NM riders are not... hcor mo'fo's!


Logs were rolled...


..kinda...


...sorta...


..oh sh!t!!!






Beautiful country at about 8600'...
 

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:thumbsup: Way to go Nate. That looks like a great place to be tortured to death. I need to come ride the Monkey Trail again sometime.
Aspen.;)
Come on over!

After this trip i will not complain about our itty-bitty hills we have in the ArkLaTex ever again!

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Great meeting and riding with MTBNate and Rotmilky.

I'd never ridden Medio Dia before and give it a "would do again" stamp.

Nothing like a bunch of singletrack, a little bit of liquid courage and not getting soaked to make an excellent ride. The Texans that showed up was a bit of a surprise. Still can't remember who they were, but they sure knew how to party.

I decided to take Friday easy with a quick loop at White Mesa to test a new part.





Today was Rio En Medio. It's looking good with a few more trees cut and some rollers added to some of the the remaining.
 

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notaknob said:
Great meeting and riding with MTBNate and Rotmilky.
Deeply disappointed in you Bruce. Where's the homebrew?

p.s. I was unaware that geekmonkey jersey pictures could make it past the MTBR censors (sensors for the freeride crowd). Not that Nate is a geek or anything, he just has poor taste in jerseys.
 

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A relaxing single speed jaunt in the open-spaces foothills trail above Albuquerque...

At least you're not ruined from riding. I couldn't tell from the photo--did you get the seat clamp fixed or are you still riding with the Tecate shim?
 

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Rotmilky said:
At least you're not ruined from riding. I couldn't tell from the photo--did you get the seat clamp fixed or are you still riding with the Tecate shim?
Oh hell no... i am even more addicted than ever... hahaha!

That's my blingle-speed... but no, I still have the Racer X with the Tecate can shim on it. I need to swing by Fat Tire sometime tomorrow and see if they have a replacement.
 
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