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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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Gooseberry Roll Call

22 Sep

I’ve got a few calls and emails from people heading down this weekend and just want to remind everyone that if you are doing the whole 100k a gps or gps enabled riding buddy would be a good idea.

If your season is over and you just want to chill and only ride around Gooseberry still come on down and at least start with us then head back to camp and get the party started.

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Kenny had the brilliant idea of stashing some water at about the half way point at the parking lot of the Hurricane Rim.  So, yes, there will be some water at the halfway point.  Plan on packing all your food items with you and if you’re debating on whether to use a Camelbak just strap it on now.

There will be prizes (still working on the categories, suggestions please!) and after ride drinks.

Come celebrate the end of Summer.

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.

Camp Lynda Day 3 And Bad News

26 Jan

Camp Lynda 2.0 day three was the driest day and would have been the longest day but I only lasted a few hours because..because..because I was tired OK.

After I turned around it got lonely real fast, at least the views didn’t suck. I didn’t have my GPS (it stopped working after my endo on day one) and I took a few wrong turns.  At one point I thought I was about to have a Deliverance moment when I heard someone on a harmonica.

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Some new campers and a few familiar.  Kurt and Chris.

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Kenny and Dan?

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Lynda and Dave C.  I think there were 6 or 7 Dave’s this year. New name for next year:  Camp Daves.

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And Sonya.  Lynda may have to start watching her back.

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Thanks again to Dave and Lynda for a great camp and if you didn’t make it this year get it on your calendar for next year now. It’s not to be missed.

And now the bad news. No Gooseberry 100k.

New snow today after all the rain that hit over the weekend will make the trail conditions way too messy to be biking on Jem, Gould’s, Rim and may make it impossible to even bike the loop on the mesa. That is, if you could even drive up there.

I will re-schedule for a later date. Possibly late February or March. Stay tuned.