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Note to Self: Darkness Comes Earlier Now October 8, 2008

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
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We had eight guys show up for our Wednesday evening ride today! That’s the good news………

It got dark, and only one of us had a light on his bike! As it turns out, that is also the good news………..

Ray, Kent, Michael, Nate, Toby, Jack, Tim and I headed out of the White Spar trail head at a little after 5:30 tonight.  We road the 396 to what we call the Caretaker Trail.  Here Michael decided to stay on the 396, and meet us as we came back down it.

So seven of us headed up the Caretaker Trail.  We got to Goldwater lake and then connected back up with the 396 about a half mile west of Senator Hwy.  As we headed down the 396, we realized that the light was already beginning to fail.  Uh-oh!  Just before we topped out above the dam, we spooked a herd of deer ( I saw 5 but there were probably more, as I had to keep my eyes on the trail too).

At the top we met up with Michael who said he was just about to head back down when he heard us coming up the canyon.  Now there were eight of us again. The daylight was almost completely gone now, and we had 3 miles of narrow single track to go!  Toby turned on his headlamp, and we started down.  It was really an odd experience, as it was impossible to see any bumps in the trail.  I felt like I had to ride as if it were all very bumpy, and then be pleasantly surprised by any smooth patches.  We spooked up 2 more deer as we traversed the side of the hill above Lower Goldwater Lake. Luckily all of us but Jack have been on this trail many times, so we made it down to Banning Creek safe and sound.  At the creek, Tim decided to head on down into Hidden Valley Ranch because he lives down in that area, and I am sure it is easier to ride in the dark on wide smooth streets than it is on these trails.

So the seven of us made the final climb on 396 in the moonlight.  On the descent into the campground, Toby’s light went dim, and it was almost for the better, as the moon was bright and it was hard to look up ahead at his light, then back down at the dim trail.  We made it down to our vehicles at 6:45.

It was a fun ride, but we decided to either keep our Wednesday rides shorter, or come equipped with lights to ride in the dark.

stats:

  • distance 8.15 miles
  • total riding time 59 min.
  • avg. speed 8.1 mph

Up the Rocky Way, and Down the 396 June 25, 2008

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Four of us made the ride today.  Me, Kent, and two newcomers (not to mtb, but to our ride group), John and Toby.  They had never met each other, but showed up on nearly matching Surly single speeds.

We rode up the Feldmeier Trail, and across the Telephone Line Trail and then down the 396.  It was a tough and rocky climb.  Today was the first time I had ever done Feldmeier going the uphill way…..rocky is always tougher going up.

It was a beautiful evening for a ride, and we saw 7 other bikers out on the trail which was nice. We stopped and chatted with them for a few minutes.  One of them was Steve that rode with us on Friday morning last week, and another was Debbie, who is a long time Prescott mountain biker.

Stats:

  • distance 8.42 miles
  • riding time 1 hr. 4 min.
  • avg. speed 7.9 mph

The Trail Builder June 20, 2008

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On the ride this morning were me, Hal, Paul, Steve, another Steve, and Rob.  Rob is the trail builder and designer who is responsible for trail 396.  He designed the trail, and directed the building of it.

We had a fun and slow paced ride this morning, it was nice and cool to start out. We rode part of the new trails that loop around the White Spar Campground first, then up the 396 to Senator Highway. From there we took396 down to the social trail that most of us call the telephone line, to the Feldmeier trail then back over to the camp ground.  If you want to look at this map, We rode 371 to 372 to 396, to Feldmeier, to 61 to 373 to 372 to 396 and back to the trail head.White Spar Trails

Thanks to Rob for sending me this map.

Stats:

  • distance 9.76 miles
  • riding time 1 hr 19 min.
  • avg. speed 7.3 mph

Mtb Adventure in the Pines June 14, 2008

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Today I met two guys for a short ride in the pines.  They needed to get it done in 2 hours door to door, so we went from White Spar Campground up the 396, did a little detour around the lakes, and then back down the 396.  It was another beautiful day in Prescott, Arizona.  We only have about 300 of them a year!

It was a fairly casual pace, although both of these guys were pretty experienced mtb riders, so it wasn’t like some of the rides I take beginners on.  We saw a total of 8 hikers and 6 bikers on the trails this morning.

Stats:

  • distance 10.05 miles
  • riding time 1hr 12 min.
  • avg.  speed  8.2 mph

Another Wednesday Ride June 6, 2008

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5 of us met up for a ride up the 396 yesterday. Shawn and Tim were newcomers to our riding gang, and they fit right in. We started up from the White Spar trailhead and Kent the climbing monkey was immediately out of sight. The rest of us plugged along at a more human pace. About a mile into the ride, Ken was having trouble with his rear brake dragging, and decided to turn back rather than to hold everyone else up. That’s a team player.5 Guys on a Ride

We only took 396 over the first hill, and when we hit the valley that Hidden Valley Ranch is named for, we took an unnumbered trail that the Forest Service doesn’t want to recognize on up to Senator Hwy. From there, we boogied the mile or so up the pavement to the top end of 396. When we hit the pavement, I knew Kent was going to put the hammer down, so I immediately jumped on his wheel stayed there (as painful as it was) all the way to the turn off to the trail. When Tim and Shawn joined us, we chatted for a minute about important issues like……….ok, we just BS’ed for a bit. Then we headed back down the 396.

Shawn flatted on the way back, so we stopped while his pit crew put a new tube in. The ride back to the vehicles was great! Everyone stayed together and we pretty much bombed it. I say pretty much, because for every guy out there that is slower than me, there are probably 10 that are faster!!

stats:

  • distance 8.9miles
  • riding time 56min.
  • avg. speed 9.3mph

New Cateye Enduro 8 May 30, 2008

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking.
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After months of having a broken mount for my computer, It finally gave up the ghost with all the rattling around I guess.

That was 3 months ago.

Yesterday I put a BRAND NEW Cateye Enduro 8 on my bike. Yay!

Micheal and Bob and I rode the 396 last night. We were hoping some more riders would show up, but I guess they chose to miss a perfectly awesome evening ride.

We took it easy so we could stay together for about the first 3.5 miles, then Bob decided to to head back. He did great just to get in the 7 miles that he did, this was his first time out in several weeks due to a bad back. After Bob turned around, Michael and I pushed a little harder to get to the top where it meets Senator Hwy. We stopped there long enough to chat about how we are lucky to live in such a great place as Prescott, and admire the forest at sunset. We bombed (at least for us) the trail back down to the vehicles…….what a blast! Too bad we were the only two out there.

stats:

  • distance: 9.97 miles
  • riding time: 1hr 17 min.
  • avg. speed: 7.7 mph

The 396 is a good ride! May 10, 2008

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One of the the newer mtb trails in Prescott is the 396.

Three of us met at the lower trailhead and rode up the trail to where it meets Senator Hwy, then back down. Out and back is probably about 8 miles (none of us had a computer).  The trail is definitely new, still choppy in some places and some of the side hill sections need to be benched a little better, but all in all, it is great and a ton of fun.  I will be riding this one a lot more often, especially in the summer, as it is in the shade of tall pines for the majority of the way.