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Exposure And Perspective

28 Sep

The Gooseberry 100k started on top of Gooseberry Mesa, weird I know, and somehow during the ride we ended up at this lookout many miles away.  The finish, by the way, is back on top of that mesa.  I was feeling like I was in a little over my head at this point.

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But I’m getting ahead of myself.  A lot of us camped out on the deck the night before and I’m pretty sure only 3 people got any sleep, the snoring crowd.  Note to self, next year there will be a snoring yurt and a non-snoring yurt.

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Ever see an Ambien hangover and can you guess who will be banished to the snoring yurt next year?

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We did it right this year starting the 100k with a loop around Gooseberry, there is no way I would want to do that loop after 55 miles and climbing up the scenic byway from Rockville.

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The junction of the Rim and JEM trail would would prove too tempting for 3 of our group as someone had pre-determined that they would need to bail and left a car 1 mile down the trail, stocked with icy cold drinks no less.  I submit to that someone that they would have made it all the way.  However, this is about the point that the ride turned from fun pedaling into epic suffering.

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After about 6 miles of pavement from Virgin to Rockville there was a little treat waiting for everyone, a nearly 3000 foot climb from river valley back to the top of the mesa and the finish at the windmill.  All by itself it’s no fun yet somehow satisfying but after being on the bike for nearly 6 hours in 100+ degrees it was downright demoralizing.

We didn’t really keep track of finishing times but Dave Harris was first back to camp followed by Kris and KC Holley, Kenny Jones and then myself with Adam Lisonbee being the last finisher.

Satisfying to have finished and happy to find some shade.  I’m thinking same time same place next year, the Saturday after Interbike.  BTW, Who invited all the bald men?

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Amazed

11 Sep

Sometimes I amaze myself.  Today I am amazing.  I actually figured out how to post the gps track for the Gooseberry 100k on the blog, well, sort of.  At least I can point you in the right direction.  Can I get some applause, even if its just one hand clapping.  Thank you.

Once you click on the following link you can download the track as a kml or gpx file.

Goose 100k GPS Track

See you Saturday the 26th bright and early at the windmill, 7:30a.m. start time to be exact.

Gooseberry Mesa 100K One Month Away

27 Aug

If you haven’t run it up the flagpole with your boss you might want to do that right away. Only 31 days til the 2nd annual Gooseberry Mesa 100k ride. Drive down or up Friday night ride all day and home Saturday night to tuck in the kiddos.

September 26th leaving from the windmill at 7:30 a.m. More details here.

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Yes, it’s Interbike weekend, yes, you will be exhausted from wandering around Vegas, yes, this will be the best Saturday of the year and yes it will only hurt a little.

Don’t forget that the route will not be marked so bring a GPS or a friend that has one. GPS track coming soon or if you want it now i can email it to you.

2nd Annual Gooseberry Epic

18 Jun

After getting snowed out in January I’ve decided Fall is going to be the new time of year for the Gooseberry Epic.  September 26th to be exact.  Get it on your calendar now!

The route is mapped and it’s harder than you would think.  Kenny claims it to be “epic”.  Only 68.8 miles but over 9,000 feet of climbing.  Plan on 7-9 hours, 6-7 hours if you are feeling really fast and 9+ hours  if you are poking along.

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The only awkward section, and by awkward I mean no trail or road of any kind even though the topo map shows one, is from the hay barn to the tumbleweed gate.  It’s only about a mile or so of tumbleweeds and cow pasture but totally rideable.

The rest of the loop includes everything that’s great about Gooseberry Mesa starting with the North Rim to the Yellow Trail and then the South Rim and Hidden Canyon .  It’s then off through Apple Valley and the foothills of Little Creek Mesa to eventually join up with Gould’s Trail and the Hurricane Rim Trail.  If you’ve made it that far there is some new single track East of Jem Trail that will take you towards the bottom of the “Death Hike”.   You will then cross a bridge and have a little recovery road spin of about 6-7 miles before starting the hardest most epic part of the day, the Scenic Bi-way climb from Rockville back up to the mesa.

Totally self supported and unmarked so bring your GPS or someone that has one and is willing to be responsible for you.  If you are alone and don’t have a GPS you will get lost.

Start time will be 7:30a.m. from the windmill.  You’ll need 180 ounces + of liquid and about 3200 calories so plan accordingly.

I do have a GPX file that I can email you or you can wait until I figure out how to post it here.

Questions?

Sit Back

29 May

Relax and soak in the view.  I can’t stop looking at this picture.

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It’s done.  Thanks in no small part to Brian and Brent Price.  I’m speechless.  How about another view.

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It’s huge.  24 x 24.  Go lay those dimensions out in your back yard to get a perspective.  Enormous.  I think I’m going deck camping.

In other news it’s Tasha’s birthday today or is for another hour anyway.  Happy 39 baby! I  Love you.  Hey, let’s go camping.

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26 May

I have been a little preoccupied over the last couple of weeks but thought that I should share something with everyone.

I spent 2 of my 4 day Memorial day weekend on Gooseberry Mesa trying to put together a deck for a future yurt.  I did not even take my bike as to not be tempted.  Serious, no bike.  How many people go all the way to Gooseberry Mesa and don’t bring a bike?  Zero,  that’s how many.  Well, 2 that I know of now; Myself and Brent Price.

Just a mess of boards on Saturday morning.

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Setting up construction camp.

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Good thing no one brought a nail gun.

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Brent picking gnats out of his ear.

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Level and square are so overrated.

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Brent cursing the gnat god.

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Could it be almost framed?

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I will never tire of looking at it.

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Nice and tucked away in the trees.

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I think we’ll cut a hole in the deck for the tree.

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None of this would have been remotely possible without the help of Brian Price, Kevin and especially Brian’s dad Brent whose work output is approximately that of the other 3 of  us squared.  Thank you Brent Price!

I had to leave Saturday night but Brent and Brian hung out for the next 2 days hauling more lumber and finishing the platform.  They even spent a night camped out on the deck.  I can’t wait to see those pictures and promise to share them.

Gooseberry Respite

26 Mar

With all the snow and freezing temperatures around here I thought I’d remind everyone what it looks like just a few hours away at lovely Gooseberry Mesa.

Brian and Ally were on hand to help layout the deck foundation for yurt #1.  Yes, Brian, right there.  Nothing like  a little champagne to make sure things end up nice and square.

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I always love seeing that people have their priorities straight.  I’m pretty sure the bottom bracket on Brian’s Pereira is worth more than the car.  Restores my faith in humanity.

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In case you missed it and you happen to be  stuck in the frozen part of Utah let me remind you once more that there isn’t any snow or cold of any kind just few hours away.  Go on now.

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