'Tis the season to get muddy, fa la la la la?
Eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain range in central Washington State.
First "real" trail ride on the new Curtlo cross frame. Nice to take a break from the road once in a while.
The trail begins about 20 miles from my front door, along the Entiat River and heads to Myrtle Lake, one of my favorite places to relax, although it's the first time I've been up this year.
I haven't ridden a mtb in over 15 years, and never have ridden a cross bike on a trail before. I only tipped over once (ow), despite numerous rock falls, mud, sand, sweeping slippery burms, steep ups and downs, and surprise tree roots... so I'll leave that as testimony of the outstanding capabilities of this bike, not my own skill.
I will say, there is not one muscle in my tired body that isn't upset with me tonight. I've forgotten how much it takes out of you to ride off-road sometimes. There's no time for "la- la-la' ing along" because if you take your eyes and mind off the terrain...you will most certainly go end over end. And sometimes.... nearly off a cliff-side but we won't talk about that.
1.) Fall colors on the drive up to the trailhead. Sweet!
2.) And we're off!
3.) First puddle. Wheee that was fun. Water everywhere (on me).
4.) Snow on the peak. Was afraid it might be nasty up by the lake.
5.) Trailside rest by a pool in the stream
6.) Mud! Finally! Ripped it through the bog and the bike handled like a dream.
7.) First bridge crossing over a creek. Nice!
8.) Nice, smooth trail
9.) Half way there.
10.) A bit rocky in this section. Not too bad.
11.) Second bridge, this one over the river. Almost to the lake
12.) View of second bridge from the other side
13.) Riverside trail riding. Beautiful
14.) OK so I had to carry the **&^% bike a couple of times. Up the last hill to the lake here
15.) The lake! (yes, it really is that color from up high on the trail). Stunning sight.
16.) So beautiful
17.) Not hardly muddy after all. These Specialized MTb shoes are wonderful. Nearly as rigid as a regular road shoe, but you can walk and hike up all sorts of slippery, wet rock (I found out) and they're warm as heck. Love them!
18.) Lunch with "Abel" at the ancient picnic table engraved with the names of many passerby
19.) And lunch with a view.
20.) Back at the car... Hey! That's not enough mud on that cross bike!
Gorgeous. I envy you easterners sometimes.
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Nice ride! Looks like it was a blast!
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Originally Posted by rcnute
Originally Posted by tconrady
It was! Too bad my friend ditched me because she was (cough cough..."sick") yeah right.... .
(really she was sick). But I get SO TIRED of riding by myself sometimes!
And you know I've got an open door policy for you and your fam for as long as I'm here.(time to get a Curtlo??? ).
Last edited by OldEndicottHiway; 11-02-2010 at 09:42 PM.
Nice view of that mt peak. Is that water really that color? Great fall pics. Not sure how I'd do on a cross bike on trails. Where would I put my hands? Yikes. I'll take my mtb bike any day. Looks like serenity.....
'Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, Boldly Ride,' The Shade replied, - 'If you Seek for El Dorado!'
Nice trail, nice bike, nice views.
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Nice bike. Nice ride. I've got some CR 720 brakes too, and for the price they are pretty outstanding.
Damn I want to ride there........
BTW I'm thinking that's not Florida.
BTW2 Nice pix.
Originally Posted by the_dude
Wow- you have a great looking neighborhood there!!
Very fun. I'm headed to Moab for the weekend. It won't quite have the same scenery.
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evs, yes it really is that color. Yes it was challenging, twisty trail for a cross bike but I'm continually astounded at how well this frame adapts to anything I throw at it. Just as nice a road riding frame too. And not one rattle out of those fenders so I was happy about that. I was more worried about popping a spoke over the rocks and roots.
onrhodes, yeah with the red thin line pads they were quite adequate, even when wet.
MB1, Not F-L-A...the geography here goes up!
saf-t, it sure is.
Chain, I envy you. I never did make it Moab.
Happy fall riding everyone.
OEH, recent reports indicate that you are having entirely too much fun! I'm beyond jealous; MB1 is at least is in central Florida where there are some genuine imitation hills but I'm in Fort Lauderdale where a pancake is considered hilly. Seriously, the scenery in your photos is beautiful and your route looks glorious. Have more fun!
Good stuff OEH! I'm quite jealous of the bike, the trail, the lake.....everything. Looks like a blast.
im tellin ya, that curtlo is too small for you. let me come out and test ride it with ya.
I don't normally "do people." - Dr. Roebuck
Ironbutt, "pancake topography" would be a welcome relief out here on occasion.
Hokie, just move out here. We need more folks with forestry expertise! (please make the pine beetles go away).
Welty, again, you can not has my bike. It's actually a near perfect fit for me. Those sloping top tubes tend to make any frame look smaller than actual.
OEH, I will cheerfully prepare and serve you all of the pancakes you desire, with real Vermont maple syrup and an unlimited supply of Sumatra coffee on the side for two hours of riding in your territory. Riding here can sometimes be little more than an exercise in urban assault/defense. I have some fond memories of riding trails like yours but those memories may have been enhanced by the passing years. The older I get, the more beautiful the trails were; the older I get the faster I was.
Very nice pics and adventure, being outside in the fall is the best I think although I love winter too. Just got a cross bike myself (not with Chorus though..ahem), going to ride it till the snow flies and then maybe on the snowmobile trails thereafter. Congrats.
Ironbutt, French toast > pancakes! Btw the last sentence in your post made me LOL. I SO get that.
Lablover, the Chorus stuff were parts I had on hand from another bike, not what I would've chosen. Couldn't afford a new group so on went the Campy stuff. However.... must. get. compact crankset! Ugh. Grinding up some of those pitches and over rocks was a challenge at times.
Enjoy your cross frame this winter! Any pics/ride report posted of it?
[QUOTE=OldEndicottHiway]Ironbutt, French toast > pancakes! Btw the last sentence in your post made me LOL. I SO get that.
French toast nearly touched off a skirmish between my sister and her husband at a family breakfast we had a few years ago. I was preparing the French toast and there was one slice left; I thought that someone was going to be stabbed with a fork getting that last slice.
If you get where I’m coming from regarding age and speed just think-I’m old enough to be your father!
a cxer w/ standard crankset in that terrain??? baller...
Originally Posted by mikagsd
White handlebar tape? How did that fare? You could start an entirely new thread on the joys of keeping it white on a CX bike.
Ironbutt, old is old. Anything past 40...starts feeling old.
FatTireFred, yes, there were a "couple" of stretches where I had to be extra head's up with those cranks. But I only knocked into a rock once. I looked at it as a challenge in bike handling skills! Looking forward to shorter cranks for sure. And what does "baller" mean? (or do I want to know? ).
Don D, indeed!
Last edited by OldEndicottHiway; 11-06-2010 at 04:36 PM.
Just got the bike this week on Monday, took it out on a short 15mi hilly road ride in 35 degree weather. Will try and use it some more before the snow flies but my picks will never be as scenic as yours were. My front rings are 46-36, with a 11-28 cassette so it geared fine for me to use to commute with etc.
how did I miss this? great report and photos OEH!
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