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  1. Last night in Salida. Awesome 3 days of Alpine riding!
  2. Few more pics from the Salida, CO trip.
  3. Rain in the forecast. You're welcome😁
  4. What we rode of Glorieta is awesome. We didn't get to experience all of it, but what we did was super fun. We parked at the church, which didn't seem to be used anymore. There were other vehicles with bike racks and a kiosk with a map, so it definitely felt like we were in the right place. The trails were well built and maintained. There were lots of signs at first, but I think it's a work in progress because I didn't see any after a while and we missed a turn that is pretty critical. We started up Cairn Me Up which is a 5 mile/ 1000ft. climb and descended Jagged Ax, which was one of the my favorite trails we rode all week (including Windsor, the AF park, SBT, and singletrack in AF). Jagged Ax is rocky, technical, and challenging, but nothing that was too big or didn't have a B line. At the bottom, there is a very cool flow trail. Cairn Me Up would have been a less challenging, but super fun decent as well if you weren't up for Jagged Ax. We intended to do another loop off the back with another 1000 ft climb and decent (Snack Pack and Holy Mole). I think you have to take the fireroad that others have mentioned there and back to get to it. Unfortunately, we didn't get there. We missed the turn into Jagged Ax and the trail got steeper. We climbed/hiked an accidental 500 ft, which zapped the extra time and energy we had for the other loop. Looking at MTB Project, there are more options over on that side too. One of my best friends now lives in Santa Fe, so I'm sure I'll be back, and Glorieta will be on the top of my list to ride again and see what was missed.
  5. There was quite the discussion on the Houston Gravel Grinders FB page a few months ago, when some Cali-transplant posted up that he expected no one in his group rides to be carrying, and consequently discovered that half the people in his group rides were carrying, and he was welcome to piss off back to Cali.
  6. The things people say. So many conversations here where I learned something new, or realized something I was doing wrong. Some of them seem intuitive and logical...now. Simple things, like AB saying that he doesn't wear baggies because they catch on the nose of the seat. After reading that I'm aware every single time it happens to me. It used to just be part of riding and it didn't bother me. I need my pockets so I put up with it. Another one, people that ride *through* things instead of *over* them. I was definitely one of the people riding through features like rock gardens. Now that I look further ahead, and roll over them I'm faster and safer. When I focused on the rocks/roots/etc. I was actually more likely to hit them while trying to avoid them. Riding faster to be safer. This one took me a while. 95% (estimate of course) of my OTB's have been from riding too slow for the trail. That goes along with looking ride in front of me instead of looking down the trail, and through the turns. There are a LOT more examples but you get the idea. I appreciate the people here. I appreciate resources like austinbike.com, and recommend it to new riders that I meet. I don't agree with a lot of opinions other people have but I will defend their right to have them. kindness, inclusion, and the desire for equality for all people means accepting things that we don't agree with. It means not pre-judging and using stereotypes. It means getting out of our comfort zones at times to defend the rights of those that have a different view. I have enjoyed my time here and wish nothing but happiness for all of you. Because of what I learned here I have a lot of road trips planned to places I never knew existed. I may be slow because of my heart attack and previous injuries, but I get out there and do it. I greet everyone I see, and hope that crossing paths with me out there is a pleasant experience. Thanks again. Even though my time here is done, I will still point people this direction. This is a well run, amazing resource.
  7. This Curt Goodrich “All-Arounder” never got the love it deserved. Just put the finishing touches on the city/gravel conversion. It rides wonderfully. The “Curt” will be the dedicated bike to ride the neighborhood & gravel paths w/ wifey. Really excited to ride this bike more! Cheers, Shaner
  8. At least you're smiling .... relatively speaking. Heal up man and let's get back out there once the temps cool off.
  9. Barry

    Fish n Chips

    I love a good fish and chips. And once again I'm pissed about Uptown Opal Divine's closing. Guess this will have to do.
  10. Came across this big feller right off the edge of the trail outside of Salida during an evening ride. Luckily one of the guys I was riding with looked down and spotted him as the rest of us would have just kept going.
  11. Alright. It is done. So I’ve always been in full concentration mode when riding but now that I walked the trail I could see that a downed tree was the source of the obfuscation. Here is the before looking down the trail. And here is the after. Hopefully this will prevent some head on collisions. I know I’ll certainly feel better going full beans down this hill now. There are a few punjis that I’ll need a chainsaw to remove but they are on the inside of the curve so they shouldn’t be of any immediate danger. I’ll try and get out there on Monday to deal with them.
  12. Nice transition back to the topic. What am I drinking? A nice spot of Wee Beastie out of my Ardbeg mug during a mid-ride contemplative refuel at the trail head on Dale Ball Trails. It’s a good day.
  13. Abiquiu Lake, New Mexico. The peak in the background is Cerro Pedernal, at the northern end of the Jemez mountains. Georgia O’Keefe’s ashes were scattered there.
  14. ATXZJ

    Projects

    Well, finally finished the boxes for the 2nd story and as expected they were quite the whore to install. Warning, white trash installation technique incoming.
  15. We kayaked at Silver Springs, a Florida state park that use to be a privately owned "attraction." The rhesus monkeys were brought in by the operator for something to see on the glass bottom boat river ride. He put them on what was to be monkey island. He didn't know this species knows how to swim! So now they are all around the area, but still not easy to see. We got lucky. The manatee was asleep. It would slowly come up to breathe then go back down. I learned that alligators can live in crystal clear water. I thought that interesting. We had mountain biked at Santos Trails in the morning and found out about Silver Springs from a brochure. We hadn't planned to go there but were so glad we did.
  16. Cairn Lizard at Palo Duro.
  17. hey guys, let's all talk about shorts now.
  18. How's the bike? Sorry, someone has to say it each time!
  19. Pace Bend had a nice breeze this morning. Also new bikes are the best!
  20. ATXZJ

    Projects

    Got the lowers bolted up. 2nd floor is gonna be a whore
  21. Recently installed an Ambient Weather weather station in my backyard. System allows public upload of data on Ambient Weather website (as well as weather underground.) While browsing, found a few others that might be of interest. There are a couple right next to Walnut Creek: https://ambientweather.net/dashboard/f2fe660bf8cf9ae3baaaf98970371879 Brushy Creek: https://ambientweather.net/dashboard/1812d963f5f4a82796d1defd404a5f51 Validity of data depends on how each is setup, but if you use the map and click on a few others, you can get a general idea. Can also find some data on weather underground's wundermap: https://www.wunderground.com/wundermap But not as detailed as on the ambient weather maps above. I'm sure there are other brand websites that can be utilized as well, but I have the Ambient Weather weather station, so that is the one I know about.
  22. It's also a side effect of the actual disease at a much higher level. Athletes in very good physical condition have gotten myocarditis from COVID-19. You can do the searches yourself. Please be careful when posting stuff like this. Weighing the risks is not something we're generally good at as a population, and people were more scared of vaccine side effects than of the actual disease and they have died. Reporting on a whole state with ~30% vaccination rate having 96% Delta variant and increasing deaths and full ICUs in some cities is not what I'd call hyping. Also, while the existing variants reduce the vaccine effectiveness against vaccine prevention, they do a great job at preventing severe disease, death, and hospitalization. Posting stuff like you just did reads to me a bit defeatist and might persuade people to not get the vaccine based on bad info. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html We need to be doing the exact opposite unless we want to go back to shutdowns in the fall or get another variant that the vaccines do not help against. But with people denying COVID-19 is real with their dying breath, I don't have a lot of hope.
  23. Vigilante justice at its finest. Driver intentionally hits Cyclist A with car. Cyclist B decides this warrants deadly force. My initial reaction was "good, fuck that guy". Not that the driver's actions are at all defensible, but does that give a bystander the greenlight to shoot the guy? Did the shooter get arrested/charged with anything? Would he have if the driver died? If so, how would that play out in court? Seeing that this is Texas, and the driver's name is "Jose Angel Hernandez", the shooter probably would become an NRA folk hero and gotten off any charges.
  24. several people I know who carry a gun all the time have many stories about times they "almost had to use it to defend themselves." yet I don't carry and I never have these problems. must be an individual problem. because I am unarmed, I don't go looking for opportunities to use deadly force. I just avoid that stuff. it's not true all the time and different people are entitled to do what they think is best. but there's something about having a gun on you at all times that turns every situation into a potential shootout, in the same way that "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." I can't stress this enough, so don't you all get triggered and butthurt, but some of the people I know personally who are most likely to carry a gun are the people who are least likely to use it in the "right" situation, and more likely to make a bad situation worse with trigger-happiness. YMMV, use your head, and if you're not this person, this does not apply to you, and all that.
  25. I absolutely HATE that place. Went there early on. Their dispensing system was shit and I kept getting half foam beers, probably because I am not a professional bartender. This equals really expensive shitty pours. This is why there are professional bartenders that always get an excellent pour. You had to put your own food orders in. We both put in our orders (correctly) and both were wrong when delivered. Then you got your bill and the tip was hard-coded in there at 18%. I poured the beer. I took my own food order. Someone from the kitchen walked it out to me and they were hard coding 18% tip in. When I pointed this out to them they said they could manually over-ride the tip if I wanted them to but "this is how the system was set up by our software vendor..." Bullshit. And asking them to over-ride the tip just makes me THAT guy. No thanks. Never going back. And I recommend that nobody here ever goes there either. Maybe they have changed things since then, but if I am going out to have a beer I just want a good experience, not a do it yourself and then stick you up the butt when you are done. Now you damn kids get off my lawn!!!!!!
  26. We camped in Caprock Canyons last November and explored the park trails as well as the trailway. We also went up to Palo Duro for a day trip and rode the trails in the park. The whole experience was well worth the drive and very memorable. My take on different areas: -Everything around there is MTB only with a ton of sealant in your tires. When riding 60+ miles on the trailway, the clumps of grass alone in several areas of the trail would make you regret bringing a “rigid” bike (think endless speed bumps). -We only saw 2 people on the trailway after getting a few miles away from the park. It is very remote and that in itself was a major highlight for me. -The southwest end of the trailway offers more “bang for the buck” if you are pressed for time -The scenery along the entire trailway will give you a whole new appreciation of the panhandle. There are some really beautiful areas if you take the time to look around. -Caprock Canyons Park MTB trails were fun. Approach them with an exploring mindset and they are well worth riding and allow you to cover most of the park fairly quickly. And yes, you will have to walk through some of the sand traps in the creeks. -Palo Duro Canyon Park MTB trails are the real deal and quite possibly the most enjoyable trails I have ridden in Texas.
  27. Meh. I don't watch basketball.
  28. I would think it wouldn't matter about "getting wet." I just got back from a ride. It's not even really hot yet but because of the humidity I was as soaked as I would have been taking a swim. That's why it was so amazing riding out in Colorado and Utah's NO humidity. Ride for three hours at 100 degrees and finish with everything dry. Just freaky. On one ride Strava recorded 102 degrees with a "feels like" temperature of 97. I've never seen a negative "feels like" temperature before.
  29. Someone said the lake is 50 feet down. Sign of our times. Having never seen it before we didn’t know any better…
  30. X and family are good. Emailed him the other day and he didn't get into much detail, just decided to step away.
  31. Manzeer or Bro? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  32. Really liking the new tinder pic!! 😁
  33. I've had luck pulling out bearing races with my slide hammer. But then I look for any excuse to use my slide hammer.
  34. We are in the Ruidosa area now. Rode at Cedar Creek a couple of days ago. We are boondocking near Capitan in a free BLM campsite with unlimited dirt roads and supposedly 75 miles of trails.
  35. Yeah, I lock my bike to my 1Up for two reasons If I screwed up tensioning the bike rack, I'd rather it fall off and be dragged then end up in someone's windshield. If I need to quickly pop into a store on my way home and I want to deter the "opportunist thief" Look up lockpicking lawyer on YouTube, just about anything can be defeated. Just depends on how much time/ cover you give the thief.
  36. I play on a coed beer league softball team. Currently 4 players (2 couples) on our roster have covid. None of them vaccinated. I don't think they got it from playing on the team together due to the way the timing of each one's symptoms, their resulting quarantine, and the game schedule has played out. (Not that this really matters. Just an interesting sidenote.) At this stage if you are not vaccinated, it's pretty much a choice not to due to your political leanings and which news channel you watch. I feel bad that my friends are sick, but this was preventable. Now we are going to have to forfeit all our games the next couple weeks if we can't find some replacements. Yes, I realize that beer league softball games are very trivial when so many have been hospitalized and killed. It just sucks. We all have fun playing softball. The choices of a few are now affecting everyone on the team. It feels like a metaphor for America right now. Those screaming "let's get back to normal" a year ago are now the ones who are not getting vaccinated and preventing everyone else from getting back to normal.
  37. Spent only 4 nights in Salida Jul 8-12, and wish now I had made it a full week stay. So much to do and see there! There were only two of us from Austin making the trip, and we ended up renting a decent 2 bedroom bungalow just a few blocks from the main strip downtown. Worked out well since a couple of my buddies from the Denver-Boulder area came down and camped out on the couch / floor. The backyard patio was awesome with plenty of seating and a large rack for parking the bikes. When we weren't riding, we were pretty much hanging out downtown and alongside (and in) the river. Our top spots for dining were the Boathouse and Amica's. Rides went as follows: Day 1 - Bear Creek-Rainbow-Columbine Loop (8 mi) late morning, followed by a guided tour that same evening of a few of the local favorite trails on Methodist Mtn (8mi). Day 2 - Monarch Crest w/Rainbow Trail from Silver Creek to Hwy 285 to Poncha Springs (35 mi). Day 3 - Abbreviated Cottonwood Loop that included Beasway-Rumba-Cottonwood-SweetDreams-ChickenDinner (13 mi). Each ride was spectacular and I really wished I had tried to squeeze in one more ride on Day 3. With two vehicles, we were able to run our own shuttles, which was a huge plus. The Crest was everything I expected and more! The weather was fantastic the whole time we were there, even at 12K ft of elevation. Already thinking about my next trip back, which will likely include one day for rafting or tubing and another day to make the drive over to Gunnison to ride Hartman Rocks.
  38. ATXZJ

    Projects

    Decided we wanted window boxes for our 1st and 2nd floors and then started pricing them. Ugh.... Building them ourselves instead. We shall see😏
  39. TAF

    Fish n Chips

    I happened past the Draught House this afternoon, and Justin's food trailer (owned by them) was open. Fish n Twice Fried Frites Belges!
  40. This is something that I will never be able to accomplish.
  41. Yesterday morning (Saturday) we met non mtn bike cycling friends for a ride up the paved San Gabriel River Trail to Lake Georgetown. Advantage: It's very shaded. We started at 8 am and it wasn't unpleasant. We park in the parking lot at an old elementary school which is now a Boys and Girls Club of Georgetown at 1200 W 17th Street, Georgetown 78626. The paved path (sidewalk) starts across the street. On Sunday mornings there may be some kind of church service, but we've parked there on Sunday AM with no problems. Enter that 17th St address in google maps, cross the street, and start following the green trail line (paved sidewalk) along Scenic Dr., cross S. Austin Ave (?) at a light, go along and take a left by a cemetery down to the river, but don't cross the river there! The sidewalk trail will leave the river for a bit and then take a left down a switchback sidewalk (the squiggles show on google maps) back down to the river, cross the river and immediately turn left. This is just below the confluence of the North and South forks of the San Gabriel River. The trail goes along the river but then pops out into a neighborhood for a few blocks, and then back onto the trail. Google maps has the best overview and shows you how to get through the neighborhood mid way before you reconnect with the trail. When you get to Lake Georgetown, you can cross the damn and make a loop around the campground or go to a little spot that overlooks the lake for some extra credit pedaling. Another map here. Overview here. The trail has a fair amount of traffic from runners, dog walkers, hikers, walkers, but wasn't too difficult to navigate; handlebar bell is your (and their) friend. It would be a fun trail for family or to ride with non mtb friends. There are a few difficult spots paved with crushed granite, but easy to walk and then an insanely steep but paved section right before the damn. After we get back we have brunch at Sweet Lemon Kitchen at 812 S. Church St. (make reservations). We called for our reservation from the dam, and give ourselves about an hour and 20 minutes to get there. They have indoor and outdoor seating. We were inside yesterday and I found it to be incredibly loud, but bearable. Made for a fun morning with friends to socialize and catch up. Sweet Lemon has great food, but it's greatness may be lost on kids and it's pricey, so a more kid friendly place might a better option for families. That said, they may have a kids menu, check online. Sweet Lemon is adjacent to Founders Square and there is a very large city parking lot across the street. I'd avoid Sweet Lemon on 2nd Saturday market day. Way too busy and hard to find parking. I've also contemplated that it could be fun to camp at Lake G-town, ride into town for breakfast, and then back to the campsite. Which could also be an option if you have mtn bikers wanting to ride trails and others who want a more casual ride in your camping group. Someone somewhere has a route to upload to a Garmin or other nav system. I'll check to see if anyone in my riding group has one. Fast zip up to Georgetown on I 35 early on a Saturday morning; not too bad returning. Always easy and fast on Sunday AM.
  42. Dunno which one makes me want to quit life more, city government or nextdoor.
  43. I want to see the video compilation where the hecklers get punched in the face by the racers.
  44. No way. That guy's a jerk! 2 years ago I took freakin' 10+ minutes off the best ever Goodwater loop. Apparently this sent a shit-ton of emails to this Cook fellow. He then proceeded to best my time by another 5 minutes! TWO DAYS LATER! I mean, shouldn't he have been working on HVAC systems instead? Joking obviously. We're kudo buddies now and I even met him once at a Peddler's Pass work day. He certainly seems like a fine fellow (and a seriously fast mountain biker) and I'd get him to do some HVAC business if I needed it. Although maybe not on a Tuesday. He seems to take those days off to steal KOMs.
  45. Going big on this one. 14.8% of barleywine goodness.
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