Archive for January, 2014

The Greater Big Laguna Trail Area

January 21st, 2014 by MTBBill

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This past weekend was mighty nice up in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area also known as the Big Laguna Trail.  The cool crisp air was a real pleasure to be in.

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Anytime you are out with Steve on a trail  impromptu log riding can break out.

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We hit some routes that I have not done in a long time or had not done in that direction before.  Here Steve and Mark climb Lightning Ridge.  While I have descended this trail plenty of times this was my first time going up the trail.

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I was digging pine needles and oak leaves under the tires.

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A view down into Big Laguna Meadow.

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A view across an area affected by the Chariot Canyon Fire.  Hmmm some Perfect Cycling Trail can be seen in the distance.

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Grabbing some snacks at the General Store.

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(Photo by Steve)

Next snack stop would be at Alpine Beer Company for some pulled pork and IPAs.

Playing around in Santee

January 19th, 2014 by MTBBill

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Last weekend I joined hundreds of fellow mountain bikers for a  Protest Ride at  “Missing Trails” Regional Park. MTRP-ProtestRide-11JAN14-25

The article linked above gives a little bit about the story.  I plan on dedicating more to the trail problems in San Diego County in the near future. Santee-Mongo-11JAN14-01

After the protest ride a handful of us worked our way over into Santee to play on some of the real trails in the area.   By real I’m mean the city and county had absolutely nothing to do with their creation.

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Evan playing on the rocks

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I even managed to get both wheels off the ground.  (Photo by Sean)

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In the category of “Stupid Human Tricks” I was trying to get a low angle looking up shot of Steve going off a rock jump.    I have probably taken over a 1,000 pictures of Aqua doing stupid human tricks in the past.  I’ve come to know the sound of his bike coming in as planned.  That was not the sound I heard on this occasion.

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I already started my air raid rollout when Evan got the first shot.  Other than a handlebar in the back it was kinda nice getting in a little cuddle action in on the side of the trail.

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This was the shot I was originally aiming for.  There were tasty post-ride burritos had and Steve even sprung for the burritos!