One of my MTB Buddies from Hawaii was in town and I was quite pleased to take him out to the Laguna Mountains to show him some of my favorite local goods.
I finished off my riding during our camping trip up in the Laguna Mountains with a run down Redtail Roost, Los Gatos, the Meadow and then onto Noble Canyon.
What an awesome day it was with the exception of a total of 345 milliseconds. I clocked myself pretty good on Stairway to Hell and banged up wrist and arm pretty good. (It my defense I was on the original line and not the new lower easier line). I was pretty thumped but shook it off and kept going. I managed to do another endo on the Extra Credit and that was pretty much me for the day.
I banged up my other wrist, gave a little extra smack down to the rest of my upper body and broken my derailleur hanger. The cause of the second endo was pretty easy to understand, I was riding a bit timid which is not a good idea in that section of trail. If I would have been smart I would have skipped that last climb (aka Whore) and extra credit and bailed off for a road finisher. I only had a couple hundred yards of trail left of Noble at this point, but not only was my bike broken, my will to ride was broken. I can’t think of the last time that has happened.
So for the rest of the day, I enjoyed the hammock and settled in for some Motrin and bourbon therapy. The following day I was already feeling more beat up than the day before.
That next morning we did a hike from Camp. I must say that it felt exceptionally odd to be hiking on the Perfect Cycling Trail.
I had a really nice time up in the Laguna Mountains this past weekend. The San Diego Mountain Biking Association was putting on the 2nd Annual Laguana Trailfest. It was a Friday-Sunday event that included lots of organized rides, demo, food, music clinics and much more. You know, A Festival! The event was being held and the El Prado group tent camping sites and I wanted to have the comforts of our traveler trail. So I went up on Wednesday and got spot in the adjacent Meadow Loop campsites.
With the campsite acquired and setup it was time for a late afternoon spin through the area. I had a good time and I used up all of the day.
I ended up spending the night up in the trailer and headed off to work the next morning and was back on Friday for a weekend of festival.
Trailfest was an exceptionally well put on event and I had a great time. I’m already looking forward to it again next year. One thing I did not manage to do was take any pictures. Instead take a look at the SDMBA Photo Album of Trail fest.
I ran into Bengt with whom I worked with for a period of time in Bahrain. We did the bulk of the Poker Ride together. Here is his video that as well as some bonus footage of the upper section of Noble Canyon.
I got the campsite through Sunday night so we I would not feel rushed to get out of there on Sunday, so as the festival wound down I went out for another loop that included a climb up to Red Tail Roost down to and then up Aqua Dulce, a run down Gatos and a loop around the meadow with a diversion up to the kiosk.
After a post-ride refreshment it was time to pack up and move on out. It was a nice weekend to be out on a bike!
What an awesome weekend I had. Jeff Sherman was down for the weekend from Kernville for the weekend and Bill O’neil came down from West LA as well. Friday was yummy grub and tasty beverages at Stone Brewing Company. Saturday was Big Laguna – Noble Canyon ride. We had a sizable group of 11 and did it in semi-slacker fashion by cutting out the Pine Valley and Indian Creek segment and doing a point-to-point ride versus the classic climb-o-rama Tour De Noble.
We started thing off up top by taking the Redtail Roost singletrack down into Aqua Dulce, from there we worked our way up to the top of Los Gatos Ravine. We did of course play on a log or two in the process.
Trickier than it looks.
Once on Los Gatos we stopped and played on an feature or six. Here is “Dental Plan”
Some more of “Dental Plan”
There was some log ridage and log pileage to be played on.
Once down on Big Laguna Meadow. We went clockwise around to the west side where we found the “Water of the World” pond almost frozen over.
Halfway up the west side we cut back over to the east side of the meadow at the lake and the went up the meadow counter-clockwise. There was some log chunkage found to play on before making our way over to Noble Canyon.
Noble Canyon was as awesome as always and the there was some log airage to be had.
As well as some Rock Airage.
Stairway to Hell did not disappoint.
A bit of roman wallage on Extra Credit.
After polishing off the trail we were treated to the first release of Kernville Brewing Company’s Chocolate Porter creation courtesy of JFSH…….Tasty Stuff!
A mighty fine day on a bike with old and new friends a like.