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Cheating Death in Oregon

June 30th, 2007

Fresh off Veronica’s crash while riding her mountain bike, we had 5 days lined up for some spectacular difficult single track riding in Oregon. The North Umpqua River trail is a wonderful trail that we’ve ridden parts of in the last couple of years. We planned to stay at Steamboat Inn for a couple of nights and then shift to camping. We fixed the problem on Veronica’s bike that contributed to her crash and figured we would start with an easier section of the trail. None of the trails are completely easy. Any given trail segment varies from easy, smooth, narrow and safe, to steep, rocky, narrow and dangerous. There are sections where the trail is less than 18 inches wide, with a steep – often vertical – drop to one side. The plan was to ride the easy parts and walk the tricky parts for at least the first day. What was that line John Lennon has about plans? (more…)

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Bumps and Bruises in the Pacific Northwest

June 30th, 2007

In early June, Veronica heard about an organized bike ride called the Tour de Blast, that goes up the highway into the Mount St Helen National Volcanic Monument. It sounded like it would have spectacular views and a lot of climbing – right up her alley. We decided we would take ten or twelve days, stopping on the way to Washington to ride in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, do the ride, then go back as far as Oregon to ride the North Umpqua Trail again and ride around Crater Lake.

So, we loaded 2 road bikes on the roof of the car and 2 mountain bikes into back of the car, along with all our camping gear and set off the Pacific Northwet. Whiskeytown NRA is one of the few parks in the National Park system that allows mountain bikes on trails. We picked up a trail book and headed for a ride that had a lot of climbing and good views. This would be a sort of shake down ride, since Veronica hadn’t done any mountain biking in several months. Thom had been making good use of his time off to ride local trails, so he and his bike were ready. A few miles into the ride, we missed a turn and had to head back down a steep, paved road to get the the trail head.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon (more…)

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Mt. Tam, mountain bikes and a broken arm.

June 10th, 2005

Mt. Tam in Marin county is the home of mountain biking. We finally made it over there and spent the day riding with friends. The ride was great, if a little warm. Just 800 feet from the bottom of the last big descent, Thom dumped his bike – banging his arm pretty badly. The ranger shuttled Thom back to the car. The X-ray says “broken”.

  • That's what we call a "broken arm". Not too serious, just a real pain in the - arm.
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