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The 10 day storm isa dud. All the forecasts were wrong as the big rains went to Socal. That meant there was a riding window today along with other days this week.

It was time for a 4-hour ride as my body was healthy but needed significant stretching. The plan was cross bike from home, St. Joes, Priest Rock, Power Poles and maybe the figure 8 loop. If the trails were bad, I would just cruise around the reservoir.

As many have mentioned, St. Joes Hill is impecable shape. Upon descending the wall to the reservoir, I was greeted by this awesome sign.

It put a smile to my face. The old midpen signs were idiotic. They basically said that the mountain lion will eat you and you needed to cling to your children and wave your arms like a lunatic. My son feared Fremont Older when he was under 5 yrs old and I later found out it was because of those signs.

These new signs explain the realities. It reminds me of the song 'Beds are Burning' by Midnight Oil.
"a fact's a fact. it belongs to them."
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/DzPybGXfqiXhB_KdrdeVq70nBepzsUNCe2uV_TsT5M4?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.ggpht.com/_JefO7lXGKAg/TRF3Yzm4ArI/AAAAAAAAlmA/dEA39bM4Alk/s800/CIMG3272.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/fcebedo/20101221?authkey=Gv1sRgCKagn8eXmdj1JA&feat=embedwebsite">2010-12-21</a></td></tr></table>
full res is here if you want to read the whole thing: https://picasaweb.google.com/fcebedo/20101221?authkey=Gv1sRgCKagn8eXmdj1JA#5553351083578360498

On to Priest Rock
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I brought the wrong bike. How steep is this thing???
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This is the old Moody trail. It was the gnar trail back in the day. It was never legal but it was highly ridden. And as usage grew, Midpen fortified the entrance about 5x. It is now daunting!!

I just found a bunch of Moody trail photos that I'll scan later. So old school!
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<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_TKbB2gc9L3HUuiFP6X3_b0nBepzsUNCe2uV_TsT5M4?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_JefO7lXGKAg/TRF1o-BBZVI/AAAAAAAAllM/p24AAc063eU/s800/CIMG3297.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/fcebedo/20101221?authkey=Gv1sRgCKagn8eXmdj1JA&feat=embedwebsite">2010-12-21</a></td></tr></table>

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/mg9NQi-148F-WQ9kNPhJEL0nBepzsUNCe2uV_TsT5M4?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_JefO7lXGKAg/TRF1pyvD_vI/AAAAAAAAllQ/hQxm-aw5b50/s800/CIMG3298.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/fcebedo/20101221?authkey=Gv1sRgCKagn8eXmdj1JA&feat=embedwebsite">2010-12-21</a></td></tr></table>

On with the climb. The soil was good but there were a bunch of sharp rocks on the trail from the recent rains
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<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/s21Q1sebDimHvor1E96mZL0nBepzsUNCe2uV_TsT5M4?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_JefO7lXGKAg/TRF1uUgxTuI/AAAAAAAAllk/CQSaKAEUcaQ/s800/CIMG3302.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/fcebedo/20101221?authkey=Gv1sRgCKagn8eXmdj1JA&feat=embedwebsite">2010-12-21</a></td></tr></table>

This is why they call this trail Power Poles!
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There were a bunch of these!
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<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Wh2FLirnSe_4zuPQXvrKe70nBepzsUNCe2uV_TsT5M4?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_JefO7lXGKAg/TRF10B9J2pI/AAAAAAAAllw/CegM-7Vk8Hc/s800/CIMG3318.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/fcebedo/20101221?authkey=Gv1sRgCKagn8eXmdj1JA&feat=embedwebsite">2010-12-21</a></td></tr></table>

Heading back down
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Taking the cross bike down Overgrown equals BEAT DOWN! That is a full suspension trail!!! There should be a ton of cool creeks there during a rain storm.
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Back down and back through Jones trail again. Hung out a bit with Squashyo. Now completely beat! :)
 

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Sounds like a good ride. Did you happen to see these at St Joes. I was going to get on all 4's and growl and see if it took my pic.
 

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Maybe a dud in San Jose, here in western Santa Cruz county we got 7+ inches since Friday and the highest flows in several years on Sunday... More rain and wind on the way right now.
 

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I went for a night ride at Waterdog tonight and saw what I'm pretty sure were a bunch of mountain lion tracks. It freaked me out a little.
 

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francois said:
They basically said that the mountain lion will eat you and you needed to cling to your children and wave your arms like a lunatic. My son feared Fremont Older when he was under 5 yrs old and I later found out it was because of those signs.
Fc... Los "Gatos" is loaded with "Cougars" ;)
 

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francois said:
Moody trail in 1998 maybe?

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That brings back some memories. Moody was the "tough" trail to decend. Overgrown was the tough climb since I was usually a little tired after hammering up the dam (the original straight line climb up)
 

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That brings back some memories. Moody was the "tough" trail to decend. Overgrown was the tough climb since I was usually a little tired after hammering up the dam (the original straight line climb up)

I can remember trying to ride my Schwinn High Sierra up the damm when it was straight up. That was tough to do!! I never rode Moody's but Squashyo pointed it out to me the other day. The only thing I used to ride back in the day was near Saratoga SPrings off the Sanborn road. Good times until you find a random crankster in the bushes
 

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Nice ride....that used to be my regular ride when I lived in the south bay. Moody's was a two part trail (upper and lower) that was sweet until there were too many injuries and was shut down. Would take a lot of work to reopen it in a stealth manner and would probably be targeted if reopened.
 

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This is the old retarded sign introducing all hikers and bikers to a false sense of danger.

The Belmont sign has always been better. Except for the alteration :)

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Nice ride....that used to be my regular ride when I lived in the south bay. Moody's was a two part trail (upper and lower) that was sweet until there were too many injuries and was shut down. Would take a lot of work to reopen it in a stealth manner and would probably be targeted if reopened.
The second part which dropped you off close to the reservoir is called 'cardboard slide' according to Tahoebc.

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Moody trail is closed ...WTF;)




seriously JK
 

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I got some of the worst poison oak in my life after crashing on Moody trail. Never went back after that!
 

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Overheard on Moody Trail "Hey man, is that your bone?"

I remember riding down that thing on my fully rigid Spec Hardrock. Never did make it down without going otb at least once. That one steep rutted section always did me in.

Ahhh....the good ol' days
 

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Overheard on Moody Trail "Hey man, is that your bone?"

I remember riding down that thing on my fully rigid Spec Hardrock. Never did make it down without going otb at least once. That one steep rutted section always did me in.

Ahhh....the good ol' days
These Moody Trail memories are hitting hard...I remember otb-ing on my 2009 Stumpjumper FSR.
 
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