Website/Blog Recovery in Progress

I am in the middle of recovering from a webhosting transfer, backup/restore failure.   While the static webpages are back online (with the exception of interactive maps), the blog has issues.     The appearance has to be rewickered and entries from 2013 up to the middle of 2017 have to basically be rebuilt.

UPDATE – 11SEP18:   All of my data and photos have been recovered!!   Some of the external links are not going to work due to database index changes but the content is all there.   I still need to redo the appearance theme of the blog.

UPDATE – 18SEP18:   I now have a new blog theme, tweaked to mesh up with my regular site better.   You will find that it works much better with mobile devices than my previous setup.

The Crested Butte 401 Trail

Wow, I have been away from the BLOG for way too long.   Between work being….well…WORK and a ton of other life things I have been away from the keyboard.   The 401 trail is thoroughly covered in snow right now but I finally finishing off my pictures and notes from the fall Colorado trip.

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I spent a few days in Crested Butte and got in a couple of great rides.  One of those was the 401 Trail.

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Here is the webpage with all my pictures and some blabbage from the ride.

The Monarch Crest Epic

I have spent the last month working out of the country and pretty much had no-time and less mental energy to finish up my pictures and thoughts from my Colorado trip.  The Monarch Crest trail was my day six excursion and it did not disappoint.   Much of the route is part of the both Continental Divide and Colorado Trails.  This is certainly a bucket list quality trail that I’m super stoked to have ridden.

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View from along the trail

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Nudging up close to 12,000 feet of elevation.

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Looking down into the Silver Creek drainage that I would soon be riding through.

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Near the bottom of the Silver Creek Trail.

Check out the rest of the pictures and ride description here.

Utah Pages Added – Updated

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The Magic Carpet Ride Trail on Little Creek Mesa

Following up on my recent road trip to St George I have updated my Utah section of the site.   I have added the following pages:

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The Boy Scout Trails
The Zen Trail

I also updated the Little Creek Mesa page with an updated map, GPS files and pictures from both this most recent trip and a 2013 trip.  I also have enough Utah trails on the site now, that I split them out from the “Other US Trails” section to try and make things a little more organized. (It is still a little wonky)  I also split out Colorado Trail into its own section, but that section looks a little light.   Time to plan another ROADTRIP!

Boden Canyon Update

Here is some news you can use concerning the Boden Canyon portion of the Orosco – Boden Loop.   It turns out the California Department of Fish an Wildlife (CDFW) owns a couple of parcels of land in the canyon and have it designated as an ecological preserve.  The agency’s default policy is that mountain biking is not allowed on ecological reserves.   I was made aware of this by CDFW after publishing the route.   I made them aware of the lack of signage concerning trail use restrictions.   It is my understanding that the signage has probably already been corrected.    I have updated my page, map and GPS files to reflect the CDFW parcels.  Unfortunately, the CDFW trail use restrictions makes it impossible to legally loop together the Lower Santa Ysabel Truck Trail and Orosco Ridge.

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As you can tell from the pictures, the canyon is beautiful and is well worth a hike through.    The only other way you can go legally enjoy this canyon is during hunting season.  During the upland bird hunting seasons you are more than welcome to trounce around wherever you like in the ecological reserve and blast the heads off those birds with a shotgun.    I’m having a tough time trying to make sense of how the CDFW can view killing birds as a more acceptable use for this land than allowing mountain bikers and equestrians to pass through the canyon on the old road.   I’m going to leave my commentary at that for now.    If I get some reasonable justifications for the policy in the future, I’ll provide an update.  Until then beware that you can’t legally do the Orosco-Boden Loop on a mountainbike or horse.

User Registration Fixed

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During one of my previous BLOG software updates I misconfigured the email settings which prevented users from receiving the systems emails when they either tried to register or when they requested password resets for retrievals.   I fixed this last night so that function now works.  I apologize for the inconvenience.   Also please note that I in the coming weeks I will be sending out a system wide email for actual human and current user validation.   I have had a glut of spammer attempts over the last couple of years and I suspect there is a fair amount of scrubbing to do with the registered user database.

UPDATE:  The user database has been scrubbed and some new anti-spam goodies are in place with some fairly aggressive parameters.   I’m fairly certain a few legit users were caught in the “nets”.   I apologize if you were affected, but you will have to re-register.

Thanks,

Bill

Orosco Ridge – Boden Canyon Loop

I have added a page to the site for the Orosco Ridge and Boden Canyon Loop near Ramona.  This is 14.2 mile loop that includes about 2,200 feet of total climbing.

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An old road/truck trail turned singletrack through a meadow in Boden Canyon.

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Mother Nature is doing good stuff to the Lower Santa Ysabel Truck Trail.

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This old road in Boden Canyon has turned into some singletrack goodness.    Check it out!