Monday, June 29, 2009

Trail 4

The alarm went off at 3:30 am. Two hours later Gordon and I were spinning from Spur Cross to check out the condition of Trail 4 towards Seven Springs. We made it about 7 miles out from where we parked.
Bumping and scratching was how this trail flowed.










































Notice Gordon off camber in many of the photos - the result of surfing babyhead sized rocks all over sections of the the trail.














Some sections were overgrown.




























We were scratched and poked.














We still fared better than other trail users.










































Shortly after this sign things got too hike-a-bikey and we ditched the bikes to hike a short distance.














Good thing too.














It was easily 15-20 degrees cooler in the shade.




























The new filter worked fine and the water was tasty.


















Time to head back.




























Saturday, June 27, 2009

dc thnr

John and I each got a little ride in and then hung out.














We watched future triathletes.














Eventually we met Gordon and headed North to Reach 11.





























Big Johnny joined us and we headed out to turn the pedals into some great light.
We even saw a pair of great-horned owls before the sun set.




























































































It was good to have Johnny along, like minded folks, bikes and all that.














Then we turned it South and turned it up to blurry.
Thus ends another great ThNR.


Check out my new inline bikepacking water filter.
Super small and light. 50 gallons per filter.

Monday, June 22, 2009

boys weekend

Father's Day weekend was good timing for the boys to take the youngest on a long overdue trip to see his first dances at Hopi and meet our adoptive family. These trips were a mainstay of my childhood as a side-kick to my dad's business and social trips. It was a nice trip down memory lane.
























We went to Shongopovi and saw a Navajo Dance and then caught up with family at 1st mesa and saw another dance. Tate got to sit front and center with his cousins and came back with pueblo bread and other treats from the katsinas.

You'll just have to use your imagination. Getting to even see some of the dances is a privilege and there are no cameras allowed.












One of the oldest continually inhabited places in North America.






Springs.













Now.












Then.












This photo gives me total dejavu.


















Toilet...


















...with a view.




































A boys trip isn't complete without a night of camping.






















































P.S.
Gary's pics from Colorado are finally up.
Tour Divide is on.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

7 miles wasn't enough

It finally happened, my office got moved to the East side of the valley. Initially I was skeptical but with two days riding the first week, I'm fairly pleased with the new commute. 24ish miles each way, flat and a mild headwind every morning. I feel like I get in a proper ride in the course of the day. The old 7 mile ride was really just a tease. Of course I do have to get up that much earlier but the espresso shots before I leave seem to be doing the trick. If they ever get the showers finished and secure bike storage and I'll be set.