Snowfree and getting dusty. 33 miles of fun riding with Vic.
Ski / Mountain Bike Journal
Kelly was itching to get a big day on his new alpine touring setup. Beautiful day on Rainier, and we were all quite tired by the time we finished the day.
|Francine climbs with the|
Tatoosh Range in the background
|Francine booting up Pan Face|
|Mt. Adams in the distance|
|Kevin, Francine, and Kelly.|
Don, Francine, and I headed back to Roslyn to catch the great spring trail conditions.
|Hecker grinds up to the ridgetop.|
Flew home from Arizona to be greeted by cold crappy weather. Well, if it is going to be cold, it might as well snow. It did. It snowed a lot. Met up with Don Hecker at Alpental at 8:00. Followed a nice skin track all the way to the top of Alpental. Luckily the one skier, who broke trail, descended the Edelweisss side. International was totally untracked. Nice.
|Don eats some powder for breakfast.|
Friday, today is our last day in Sedona. We catch an 11am flight tomorrow, back to Seattle. The air is real dry here. We're not sure how people can live in such dry air, with sunshine every single day. Good thing there is all types of weather, for all types of people. We really do like our mixed weather in the Northwest. Don't get us wrong. Temps in the 70's and low 80's have been awesome. Shorts and t-shirts for 2 weeks. Riding 10 days. Let's hope we keep our fitness. And, I think we get to arrive home to rainy weather, especially up a the Pass.
|Francine makes the climb on Raptor Trail|
|Still climbing. Hot. Thankfully,|
the downhill was actually pretty fun.
|Smooth trails in the woods, Flagstaff Az.|
|Francine on Special Ed.|
|Renee on Thunder Mt. trail|
|Bill and Francine on Chuckwagon trail|
|Renee with Francine following|
|Renee and Bill at Chicken Point|
|This is way steeper, bumpier and rocker than it looks. Only Kevin had the guts to try in our foursome|
13.5 mile day. Drove down to the town of Oak Creek, where we stayed 4 nights, 2 years ago. Parked at the Bike and Bean, and headed up Slim Shady. Signage is awesome in this network of trails. We had no problem finding Highline trail this year. The mileage we put in at Roslyn and Cle Elum paid off. Made the climb to the top of Highline quite easy. Did some hike-a-biking down the back side to the Baldwin trail. Went right and descended to Templeton Trail. Descended Easy Breezy to HT trail. Accidently took that to the Bell Rock Pathway (boring road), so double-backed to Slim Shady. Climbed up and over, and had a fun descent back to the car. We were pretty whooped at the end of the ride. It is amazing how a technical 13 mile ride can kick your butt.
|Francine climbs Highline trail|
|Narrow, user-built trail with incredible armoring on the edges|
|Francine - backside of Highline Trail|
|Kevin actually rides part of the Highline downhill|
|Francine on Special Ed|
|Love the narrow singletrack on the red rocks|
Thanks to Pat & Larry for our two week stay at Sedona Summit in a 2 bedroom condo. We came here two years ago and had a great time. We got a late start riding today, as we had to head to the bike shop to have them look at Fran’s headset. We also needed to get recommendation on where to ride in the wind. 25-35 mile wind, with higher gusts. Dave, at The Fat Tire Bike shop recommended the Dry Creek area, Chuckwagon, Mescal and Aerie. We planned on hitting those trails on Saturday, with Bill and Renee, from Denver, who will be arriving on Thursday night. So, we decided to head back to the condo and explore some trails that leave from the unit.
10?? Miles today. Bike computer wasn’t really working until the 2.6 mile mark, and then the miles started adding up. Rode down Plumber’s Crack, took too many rights, and ended up on the paved road. So, we double backed up the pavement back to the condos, and started over and descended on Girdner trail. Rode this to Rupp trail where we turned left, climbed up and over a couple hills to Cockscomb trail. We went left on a sweet, curving, climbing trail. Went left again at Western Civilization trail. Missed the right hand turn to Last Frontier, which ended up being fine, as we connected back on the Girdner trail. Went right and climbed back up to the condo. Fun ride, little under 3 hours.
|Kevin heads down Girdner Trail|
|Francine along wash on Girdner Trail|
|Francine cruises on Western Civilization trail|
|Francine tries out a new trail.|
|Kevin in front of Mt. Stuart|
With it raining hard at home, we decided to make for one of the few dry spots in the state. A careful watch of the doppler radar looked positive. However, we were definitely flirting with the edge of a major precipitation event. We stared hard at the roadway wake-up bumps filled with rainwater as we descended towards Wenatchee. Finally, a couple miles before Wenatchee, they went dry. The Sage Hill trail area above town, had just reopened on April 1, after a winter closure. With green grass growing and the balsam root flowers blooming, the trails were in the best shape we had ever seen. We enjoyed a steady climb up the main trail system, then went even higher. We finally connected into the top of the lightning trail and enjoyed the long downhill back to the car. Great day.