29 May, 2009

Summer of Single-Speed

I've been loving my single-speed lately. Riding up a steep hill is like a medieval torture device... but in a good way...

The flowers ate my bicycle-

I rode the forest again and then the marsh in the evening. The plants are alive this spring. I saw a huge bush of thistle 7 feet tall!

I can't get enough of the long hours. We're getting daylight from 6 till 9. The weather has been dry, partly sunny, and 60 degrees.

I'll take it!

Tomorrow I'm spending all day working on the bikes. Sunday I'll probably ride road w/Ryan. Sounds like a great weekend to me.
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How would I spend my time if not for riding?

The world may never know.


I can think of few things that captivate my attention like the curves of a bike frame,
the contact between tire tread and trail, or the hypnotic spinning of wheels.

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25 May, 2009

Funky Town's Fresh New Trail

Saturday

We stopped by the start of the Kinetic Grand Championship.

Octo-mom getting ready for the race.

After that we went to Paradise Royale trail in the King's Range BLM. The 12 miles of single-track has been getting recent attention since securing $600,000 in federal stimulus money. The finished network will feature 44 miles & a pump track!

A magazine article talks about Arcata (or funky town if you will), yet I drove over 2 hours to get there... hmmm...

Won't you take me to
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Sunday

Today was a recovery day and we took a shorter, easier drive inland to the Trinity River. It was nice to enjoy the sun without a cloudy coastal veil for a change.

Trinity River

We stopped at "Big Rock Beach" and found our own private beach. The San Francisco Guardian gave this beach a "C" in their guide to nude beaches. But this is one of our favorite river spots.

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22 May, 2009

May is bike month


My commute to work everyday on West End Rd.

May is bike month 2009.

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We rented a car. We're going somewhere warm and sunny.

Have a great Memorial Weekend everybody!

17 May, 2009

Hiking Irvine, biking ACF

This weekend we had amazing sunny weather. It was a good weekend to get out of town since HSU had graduations.

On Saturday we caught a ride with Brett at 7:15 AM to Prairie Creek State Park. This is one of the prettiest places out here (it neighbors Redwood National Park) and the epicenter for old growth redwood.

We hiked the James Irvine trail to the beach and returned via Miner's Ridge.

Back in the day, failed miners tried to follow the coast south to civilization. When they hacked their way to the ocean they discovered abundant gold dust at Gold Bluff and Gold Bluff's Beach.
Gold Bluffs & Beach w/Roosevelt Elk

Our comparatively easy hike lasted 6 hours over 9 1/4 miles. We weren't in a hurry since we saw wildlife at every corner; a garter snake, hundreds of mating Polydesmid Millipedes, birds, flowers, albino snails, and so on.

These little guys were everywhere!

The trails here are world class.
The ecosystem is little changed over thousands of years.

Most of the trees on our walk were hundreds of years old. New ones only rise when old ones fall, creating a hole in the canopy. The oldest trees are obvious in their stature and worn appearance. They stood in this forest 2,000 years ago.

Here's a nice page on Prairie Creek S.P.
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Sunday we slept in, did overdue laundry, bought groceries, played tennis, I went went for two mountain bike rides in the forest, visited my friend Drew who graduated, did maintenance on brakes & chains, and ended with a feast. I ate two dinners.

My legs are tired and sore, my belly is full. Life is good.

15 May, 2009

ACF/SB

My mountain bike is up and running. The new front brake and tubeless tires are upgrades that proved valuable in my local forest.

Tuesday I rode Ryan's full-suspension Fisher. Wednesday my Fisher was done so Ryan and I cruised the forest & Sunny Brae trail.

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11 May, 2009

monocoging ACF

Today I rode my single-speed in the Arcata Community Forest again. Riding a single-speed is a very different experience, and I've been enjoying the challenge of conquering the hills with brute force instead of endurance.


Heavy rains last week and long hours of sunlight have turned everything super green and lush. Banana slugs are out in full force, you really need to stay on your toes to stay off the slugs! The second largest terrestrial slug in the world (9+ inches) makes a big mess on your tire...

07 May, 2009

Trinidad via hills

My heroes of the week-

"Berkeley mayor gives up his car for the bus"

"Mayor Adams pledges to go car free for a month"



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Today I rode 40 miles in 2 hours 30 minutes to Trinidad.


The north wind was brutal and almost brought me to a complete stop. I avoided the open coastal areas by riding the hilly inland roads such as Dows Prairie and Westhaven.

The seals at Mad River have tiny pups!

06 May, 2009

Simplicity


I haven't been on my road or mountain bike since the Otter!

The Lemond needed new cranks, and the Fisher a new front brake.

We've got a couple inches this week. The rivers & streams are mighty full. The weather is turning sunny starting tomorrow and I plan to put 3 hours in the saddle.