Okay in keeping with my current trend of taking nearly half a year to get a video out here is the video of the “Hole In The Ground” trail near Truckee in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. The music might be a little cheeseball but I dig both the tune and the lyrics and it just seems to match the flow of the trail that day. This group also has a special place in my heart. On New Years Eve 1988 (Maybe 89), I went to a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena where I saw a group called the “Love Tractor” open up for “The Red Hot Chilli Peppers” who in turn opened up for these guys. Great freaking show.
Nostalgia aside, Right Click on the image to download the 115MB video that runs 8 minutes and 25 seconds long. You may also want to read up about my Summer Roadtrip in Norcal.
I first talked about this area in my San Gabriel Mountains Teaser Pics post back in the middle of December. I finally got around to putting the rest of the pictures, maps and descriptions together into a trail review. The San Gabs are a haul for a day ride for me, but the more I venture up to there, the less the drive seems. I’m sure some physics/math geek could incorporate the variables of space, time, trail conditions and blah blah blah into a theory of relative enjoyment. Either way I have been digging my excursions into the San Gabriel Mountains, and I think you will as well.
The 5,312 acre Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve, located in the extremely scenic mountains between Santa Yasbel and Julian about 40 miles northeast of San Diego, is one of the prettiest preserves in the county I have seen to date. While fire roads exclusively make up the designated trail system here, you will most likely not mind at all as the beauty of the place makes up for the lack of singletrack options. The rolling open grasslands and oak groves remind me a great deal of Northern California. You can get in just under 20 miles of riding if you do all of the loops and out and back sections. It is well worth a visit, but you will have to make it a weekend as the perserve is currently only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8AM to Sunset.
See all the of the Review, Maps and Pictures.
Well this is not a real recent ride, but it is new page on the site. With all the tinkering with getting the new version of the site put together, this ride just sort of got pushed to the side for awhile. There was a bit of research I had to do with this ride as the trails were not well marked and various map sources had conflicting information. Eitherway, I finally got around to putting this one together. With all of the rains when have been having as fo late this trail would be really good when it has some moisture on it.
Here is my whole take on this ride.
Yesterday I attended what was a very cool ride that showed just how awesome our community of knobby tired freaks can be. This was by far the largest group ride I had every been on.
Here are some of my pictures from the ride along with a few words. To get a bunch of words, read about The Ride from the perspective of all that were there as well as the BBQ afterwards that I could not stick around for.
The reason I could not stick around was I had to do some cool “Hockey Dad” stuff. My oldest boy has been really doing well with the Hockey as of late. He was asked to practice (In preparation for tryouts after the first of the year) with one of the really good tournment teams here in San Diego. The level of play was a big step up for Will. He looked a little overwhelmed for the first five minutes or so but settled down before realizing he had to dig deep to keep up with the pace. It was the classic Big Fish in a little pond, does not look so big in a bigger pond thing. Between the ride and watching my kid, I was proud to be a Mountain Bikers as well as Dad today.
I have been working on a face-lift for the site for quite a few months now. Much of the work involved correcting a bunch of poorly written code that was not up to current standards. The new version of the site is standards based and should be much easier to maintain.
Here are are a few of the new features of the site:
- Better Setup for larger screens. While 1024 by 768 is the smallest screen resolution that will show the site as designed, the fixed menu areas combined with a fluid content area allows the site to “spreadout” better on the screen. I think you will find that a resolution of 1280 by 1024 looks best.
- Printer Friendly Pages. The old version was downright printer hositile. Not what I wanted at all. From disucssions with many of the site users, most people want to print out the pages and maps and take them with them on the trail. The new version is print friendly and fits into that idea. When you print a page, all of the backgrounds, images, and menus will be scrubbed out.
- Photo Gallery. I have picked through my site and compiled some of my favorites into gallery. Please wait for the page to fully load as the script that runs the gallery will not function properly if the page has not completed loading.
- This Blog – I’m going to use this as my What’s New feature on the site as well as routine riding updates. This will not replace my trail review pages what so ever. For example I ride Daley Ranch quite often, but not updating that trail review every couple of weeks. Instead I might through up a quick not and a picture or two here talking about that particular day’s ride.
- A Frequently Asked Questions page.
Getting the backend code up to standards is going to allow for some projects and future growth I thinking about for the site. Most of these ideas involves database integration for GPS and trail information as well as user interactivity, blah blah blah, technobable, technobable, etc…..
What is up with Freaking Advertisements? Yep I have stuck some ads on my site. Call it an experiment if you will. If the advertisments end up helping defray the cost of running the site as well as maybe be keeping a few tasty microbrews in my cooler at the trailhead, then I’ll keep them. Otherwise I might pull them. Please let me know if you think they are trashing your experience on the site.
There are a few little things that I am still working on at this point. Most of them involve working around Internet Explorer’s less than excellent support for web design standards. I recommened you give Firefox a shot as your browser. It follows the “rules” better and it displays this site exactly as I coded it.
Enough yapping on my part, get to clicking!
I’m not 100% sure if this blog will be used long-term. I’m trying it out as part of my site, www.MountainBikeBill.com