Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
AREA DUDE'S WIFE SHOWS HIM WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER; DUDE SURE TO ANNOY FRIENDS WITH NUMEROUS VIDEO POSTS
As the headline states, Jen turned me on to Movie Maker. Lots fun. Here's a video containing some of this year's rides, albeit just a mere fraction.
Happy New Year, by the way! Hope we have about a million or two million more of 'em.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Cedar Dust was in great shape and I was even able to clip into my pedals. Rock 'n' Roll though, was pretty nuts but we were breaking trail in the fresh pow, as the snowboarders like to say.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Had an epic ride today through the clouds stuck in the Chuckanuts with one Steve Noble, who put the hurt on my big time. Climbed Fragrance Lake and Cleator roads to the top, Double Black Diamond down, back up to Lower Ridge, Hush-Hush and back. Video is from near the top of Cleator.
Check out tomorrow's Seattle Times (www.seattletimes.com/) for the story of Bake's and my session with Fluid Ruid (www.fluidride.com/) mountain bike guru Simon Lawton of Seattle. Really a cool guy, and I'd highly recommend his instructional DVD: "Fluid Ride: Like a Pro".
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
So, we headed over to the north and, apparently, lower tower, dropping 600 feet awfully darn quickly, only to have to immediately start climbing right back up again. (In general, we don't climb as fast as we descend.) On the way back up, we kept ours eyes open for any semblance of a trail. Just above, John bushwacks following something that petered out to nothing but at least we were getting views here--south toward Lake Samish. We were above the clouds and the cloudbank over the lake was stunning.
Just before reaching the north towers, the road splits, go left and make for the near tower a couple hundred yards to the south; that's where you'll find the trail. (Did anyone else notice a change in the authors' point of view?) In fact, just above, John is standing right where you'll find it. The trail goes south for a few hundred yards across a clear cut, then just before entering some trees, turns left and drops steeply across and down the hillside. (There was some pink flagging in the trees, but I wouldn't depend on it being there forever.) Our bikes on our shoulders, we hike-a-biked for about 10 minutes until we found ourselves on a gravel road overlooking Lake Samish. We were now on the south side of the mountain.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The Clark family and friends Thanksgiving Day ride took off for Galbraith this moring. Great time--John, Darren and Tom (I think) Clark, Doug Hyldahl, Steve Vanderstaay, Roger Leischner, and some others including Baker and I. Bake's first ride with the big boys, as it were. He did super! Up Miranda/Ridge to Cedar Dust, the Wall (on which Bake earned huge King of the Mountain points), 187, after which we parted--Bake and I to SST way and the others to the Three Pigs side of the world. Above, Bake catches a little air near the end of SST.
Finally, pick up the latest copy of Adventures NW (http://www.adventuresnw.com/) which hit stores earlier this week. I've got a story in there which features photos of Team Unattacked members John C. and Scott Y.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Chris Behee's Galbraith map shows 70 different named trails and Bake's and my goal is to ride them all. Saturday we added eight--Dan's, The Sh*t, Pick Up Sticks (Purple Heart), B.S., Reflux, Meat Grinder, Art's Trail and Old Issues--bringing our total to 54, most of which we've done in the past month. Overall, our Galbraith favorites so far are Mullet, SST, 911, Cheech and Chong's Wild Ride, Wonderland, and Upper and Lower Bob's. Sunday, John Clark and I went on a semi-epic. Out the Interurban, up Cleator, down the Chinscraper, up and down to Lost Lake, then back to town through Arroyo Park. Above, what's with Clark's rock star sneer? Who does he think he is--Kurt Cobain?
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Backing up, on Saturday, the day before Bake and I started our camp, I rode to the Towers with Glenn Gervais and Brian Wheeler, whom I met for the first time. (Real nice guy.) We rode to the Towers pedaling up trails I've previously only ridden down--Keystone, Naughty Nellie, Wonderland, etc. That was a super ride too, the last hour of which we enjoyed in pouring rain.
Kinda funny: somewhere on Wonderland, I heard Brian just behind me say, "Wo! Did you see that?" No, I didn't. Apparently, as I was riding a small bird landed on the trail just behind my front wheel but in front of my back wheel. (A moving space of about 18 inches.) I rode over its tail feathers just before the bird safely darted away, it leaving a few of its feathers on the trail. Both bird and rider are now resting comfortably.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Came across Sean Hackney who was up there enjoying his first-ever mountain bike ride. He was going about it the right way too: getting muddy and having the time of his life.
Speaking of shaking things up, what a Tuesday night, huh?
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
More interestingly, Baker jumped into the Youth race and won it! Below is the podium, as it were, from left to right, first, third and second. The second-place kid is named Liam, but I've no idea what the middle kid's name is. (Sorry.) Kind of funny, right before his race, Mark asked me if I would ride ahead of the kids to show them the course. I really wanted to watch Bake race so I almost said no, but since he was in first or second the whole time, I got to watch his whole race unfold. Below, that's me in orange vest with Bake just behind. I really had to push it to stay ahead of these guys. Bake and the two others broke away from everyone pretty quick, with Bake and Liam going back and forth for the lead. It was thrilling. At one point, Liam bounced off a rock and hit one of them big, hard, green things that are real tall--a tree, I think they're called--and Bake got ahead to stay. (Liam was OK.) Below, Bake crosses the finish. That's gotta feel good. As I said, I did the C race, Masters C for dudes in their 40s and above. Right off the bat, I got tangled in the tape and one of the gates. Konked on the head too as riders zoomed by. Kind of set me back quite a bit. I made back some ground but for much of the race I was in no man's land by myself. Still had a great fun.