Monday, March 28, 2011


the plan was to do multiple rides up to the towers on south mountain on sunday and follow that up with a nice long hike. around wednesday night a virus or other such scum had other ideas. i've felt like crap off and on since. i managed one ride up on the cross bike before i decided some time in the steam room and whirpool might be a better idea for the day.

up top i ran into some dc crew including dirty and felt compelled to introduce myself. unfortunately i had to decline the mimosas they had brought up. nice work.

on the way up i kept thinking, 'why didn't i bring the rip9 and some armor and just human shuttle holbert?" at least i could sample the top section.

i still feel like crap but at least i got a ride in.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

testing, this thing on?

with an unprecedented opportunity for another urban overnighter just a week after the last one, gordy and i used it as an opportunity to test out new routes into old ones and new places to camp.

 we left from central phx on friday afternoon and meandered our way to tempe and a stop at gary's house.

then we found some trail and this nice little mountain on which to lay.

the night started out hot and windy but by the early morning hours it cooled nicely and it was a nice morning except for all the pollution in the sky.

after a little grub and coffee in tempe it was time to head over to the mcdowells.

one of my pedals decided to be a pita so we headed over to rage for a new set only to find they were still closed. oh well, might as well suffer. and do some laps on the pump track.

ah, trail.

 after some sweet mc d goodness we decided to beat feet north to a bike shop so i could reverse a tubeless tire i mounted backwards.

the folks a flat tire bike shop in cave creek were nice enough to lend me a stand and an air compressor. they also recommended a nice patio were a nice beer could be had away from the harley hordes.

after libations it was time to head into the tonto nat'l forest for a camp spot.

the moon was unreal for the second night- super bright. in the morning it was a 35 mile sprint home after a little water filtration.

Monday, March 14, 2011


It was supposed to be simple AZT300 prep but this last trip felt like more.
Normally my legs fight me. They didn't so much.
Normally I overestimate myself. I didn't as much.
Normally I stress about being alone at night in the wilderness. I didn't at all.
It felt like my metal game and my physical game met and agreed to proceed.
But enough about that. On to the photos.

Nothing like being able to ride from the house and get in 100 miles like this.

That little nub in the distance is Tom's Thumb. Climb for the day.

Left the path and hit Reach 11. It was a beautiful day out and time was just sailing along with the miles.

A little brunch break. Sammie and chips.

Hopefully enough energy to get me to the nub er thumb. Despite my better judgment I went in Gateway TH to get to Tom's Thumb. There was a metric shit ton of hikers out but I had not one bad encounter. Things flowed and everyone worked together. It was really nice.

I was going to filter a little sweet spring water but the bees were out in force and dissuaded me.

The last little bit to get up to TT is a mofo.

Switchbacks galore. See the hiker in the straw hat?

Ah, in sight.

Wait, what is that? Royal Robbins?

Heading down looking SE toward Ftn Hills, Mesa

But my route took me down 128th St. Super fun. Wish I had the RIP9.

See? No photos = fun
Looking back up.

Then it was over to Pima and Dynamite for yes, more sammies and chips.

I was a little spent and P&D gave me a nice opportunity to spin it out with a tail wind.

The original idea was to head out to Horseshoe Reservoir and possible the sheep bridge but I was immediately sketched out about the 6 mile road ride down Lake Bartlett Rd and 10+ dirt miles to Horseshoe after all the idiots I saw on the road down. So I opted for the safer bet of down thru Carefree and Cave Creek out to Spur Cross and then the Tonto National Forest.

How can you not want to camp in a place like this?

I slept quite well. Rare for me.

I opted for the fast way home wanting to see my people.
I had a Stans and Cafee abomination rolling around
in my tire for the last 30 miles. Sucked.

I was cutting the day short as it was so I opted to finish with a little additional trail.

And to think I get to do this again next weekend...sweet!