Archive for the ‘Website Updates’ Category
Well long overdue, I finally got around to updating my GPS and TOPO Information Page to reflect what I’m actually doing when preparing maps, and moving GPS data around. While I’m sure some of the information will seem convoluted, it is what has been working for me. I have included some information and links about some various freeware applications and data that can make your outdoor life with a GPS as little easier and cheaper.
Before you go digging into the geekery, remember GPS units are great as they help us keep track of where we are going and give many of us the confidence to venture out into areas we would otherwise never go without a guide. I am no fan of folks who will blindly upload a track into thier GPS, strap it to the handlebar and go follow the arrows on the screen. We all need to remember that we are only one set of dead batteries or a crash away from not having that gadget available to us. It is not a matter of if, but rather when and where it is going to fail.
Will you know what “point” you are at when that occurs? A compass, map and some orienteering skills will serve you well at that point.
Now go get lost! (It is a lot of fun)
Riding from the Cuyamaca to the Laguna Mountains and back is a really awesome ride that can range from 31 miles upwards towards 40 to 65 miles and beyond according to what you add on at the ends. The most I have done is around 40 miles. I have made a couple of videos of this ride in the past but I thought it was about time that I put together a page with maps and pictures of the ride. As I working on the map I came across a map file with a similiar name as the one I was starting. When I opened it up I was surprised to see it was the route I was working on. I started digging around through my local copy of my website and found a page I had orginally done up in 2003 and updated in 2007. Somehow, when I did my big website makeover in 2008 I failed to include this page in the menu directory for the trails.
East Mesa in Spring 2007
More East Mesa Spring Goodness
Wildflowers in Big Laguna Meadow
While part of me is a little bummed that I missed this page in the first place, it is sort of cool that it shown up now. It is like finding treasure I buried myself and forgot about.
I finally got all my notes, photos and map information together for the Takatori-yama area near Zushi and Yokosuka, Japan. I added a Google Earth KMZ file to this review that is mashed up with my photos and trail notes as well as Japanese topo map to help you get to know the area better. One thing I like about this setup is that you can find all sorts of other information on the area in addition to photos from other people. If you find yourself in the area you should definitely check this place out. For all my peeps on the Far East Side that call this place home, keep the trails ridden and shot me some more information on the trail spurs I did not get to.
It has been brought to my attention by a lawyer representing the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians that the land around the summit of Toro Peak is part of the tribe’s reservation lands. Since my original posting of Santa Rosa Mountain and Toro Peak page in 2003, they have added signs to alert the public to the fact you will be trespassing if you go all the way to the peak. I have requested a meeting to see exactly where all of the boundaries are and get the full story on things. In the interim from what I have gathered from other sources you would cross onto the reservation lands shortly after the fork in the forest road at 12.8 miles. This is roughly halfway between SR-21 and SR-22 way points on my map. You can find numerous printed guidebooks and online resources that make no mention of the land ownership and access issues. Sometime in the last six years keeping the public off of Toro Peak has become a greater concern to the Cahuilla Indians. Hopefully my photos of this truly magnificent peak will satisfy your curiosity because you will be trespassing if you climb the last mile or so to the summit yourself. Also don’t forget to check out one my early additions to the site.
I have finally got my first of what I hope to be half a dozen a or so updated and new Japan trail pages up. The Fugato-yama (aka Ghosttown” area is a really cool trail system that I have yet to fully get into each corner of yet. The updated page reflects a bit of work left to be done as far as the trail information goes. I highly recommend a GPS for riding this area unguided for the first time and I have included a bunch of electronic data to help with that effort. The primary file is a Google Earth KMZ file that includes a topographic map overlay that I created using data from the Japan Geospatial Institute. Additionally most waypoints in the file also links to trail junction photos I took while playing around out here. I hope this will be a useful tool for my peeps who visit the area.
I have finally gotten around to compiling all of my pictures and notes from my April trip to Washington. It was enough stuff to add a Washington section to the site. If you have been following the blog a good portion of the stuff will not be completely new to you. I have however added more pictures and in some cases some maps and GPS files. So click away.
I am once again having problems with users registering to leave comments on the blog. I had it fixed for a while, but issues have arised again with my ISP and blocking emails. Hopefully I have it fixed soon. In the interim, you can email or PM me on the various forum siteswith the username you requested and your desired password and I can set it up.
UPDATE Monday Jan 26th, 8PM: Okay it looks like it is working again. My ISP explained that over the last several monthse they have been doing a bunch of ANTI-SPAM stuff measures that caused some conflict with my “non-standard” setup. Thier current configuration is working and the tech support guys tell me I should not have to change my setup anytime soon. I have my fingers crossed.
For those of you who have attempted to register in the past and never got an email with an activiation link, you can go onto the blog and when you go to log in, select the “I forgot my password” option and you will be given directions on how get it resent to you using username you orginally tried with. For new users all should work fine.
It has been raining here in normally Sunny San Diego for a few days so now is good time to take care of some indoor issues I have been dragging my feet on.
Some of you may have noticed that when you tried to register a user account on this blog to leave a comment that you never got your password sent to you. After much delay on my part, I finally chased down the issue to a configuration change with my Internet Service Provider. I have fixed/configured around the problem now so for those that choose to, you may now register and leave comments.
For those of you who have attempted to register in the past you will need to use the “Lost my Password” option from the login screen to have it resent to you.
Completely new users should work properly.
The email comes from WordPress-NoReply@mountainbikebill.com so make sure your spam filters don’t snag it.
EDIT: This post looked very geeky and in need of some MTB Content. Here is a ride shot from sunnier times. (White Tanks)
FORWARD: This is repost of an online post I made in September of 2007 after my boys and I spent a weekend camping in the Laguna Mountains. I am in the process of updating my page and maps on the area. While doing this I noticed I did not have this story anywhere on my site. This post here is designed to “capture” the story within my site.
Me and my boys are in between thier youth hockey seasons right now so we took advantage of one of the free weekends to get in a little camping and riding in the Laguna Mountains. While the biking was not the primary goal for the weekend we had a lot of fun and I am quickly starting to get a couple little dirt addicts on my hands. We got to the Laguna campground late in the afternoon Friday and just did get setup before dark. Saturday morning we took a spin around the Big Laguna Trail.
The BLT is a great place to take kids that are looking for a “big” ride. My youngest Jake was getting a bit bounced around on the uphills with rocks so we stopped and did some sessioning on how to unload the front wheel when going over the stuff. He picked it up really quick and owned the stuff the rest of the morning.
We stopped and messed around with the cows
Hmmm……..cranberry sauce, gravy…..
By 1PM we were out on nearby Lake Cuyamaca fishing. The keyword is Fishing NOT catching.
So it was Chicken for dinner that night. The rest of the evening we spent screwing around with the fire, smores, and flaming balls of marshmellow goo.
The next morning we decided to do the BLT in the other direction this time.
Stopping to check out the Indian Motareos(sp?) (In case your wondering my oldest boy Will gets that from his Mother
Jake’s handiwork with the camera.
And Will messing with the camera around camp.
After the ride, we took our time breaking down camp and where rolling towards home by 1:30pm. It was a great weekend with the boys and if you are ever looking for a good place to take your kids beyond the local parks this place is pretty good in my book.