Mountain Biking Hood River

August 16th, 2014

This year’s mountain biking trip was a Western Spirit trip to the Lewis River (WA) area, with a few days spent in Hood River Oregon before the trip started.  This was by far the most challenging biking trip we’ve ever done. The trails in both areas are generally tree lined narrow single-track, unlike anything we ride on a regular basis. Single track requires a degree of mental concentration that is draining.  Throw in some good sized climbs and we were at our limit.  Since this is acknowledged to be an intermediate-advanced trip, everyone on the trip was fit and experienced.  We had trouble keeping up and had a great time.

Hood River, OR has a great trail system. They also have an area of relatively tame man-made obstacles to ride on. We’ve never ridden anything like that before so it was a challenge for us. These were mostly low to the ground, narrow board walks and small jumps. We crashed a few times, had some fun and decided that sort of thing is best left to other riders.

We took a side trip to the Ape Cave Lava tube. This 2.5 mile tube is one of the longest in the US and provides a generally easy hike through this volcanic remnant. There were a couple of sections that involved a genuine scramble, but it was oddly fun for just a long, dark tube.


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Be Careful What You Wish For – Telluride to Moab

July 6th, 2012

Both of us came away from our White Rim Tour in April thinking,  “What a great experience!”, but that we could do with a little more challenge.  Hmmm….


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White Rim Trail 2012

April 14th, 2012

The White Rim Trail has been on our To Do Ride list for years and we aren’t quite sure why it took so long to get to it. This route is well suited to a guided camping trip because the logistics of self- supported would be a bit of work. We took a 4 day/3 night trip with Western Spirit and had a great time. Spring can mean dicey weather in Moab, but we timed the weather perfectly. It was cold the second morning, in the mid- 30s, but otherwise the nights were pleasant and the days were in the low 80s. The WRT loops around the Grand Overlook in Canyonlands National Park, starting at 5000’, dropping to the river at 4000’ on the first day and then climbing back to generally 4500-5000 for the rest of the trip, until the last climb: up 1400’ in about 3 miles. The WRT is a jeep trail, about 80 miles long. It isn’t very technical, although there are short sections of sand, and some very steep pitches. None of the days really tired us out, but we each had to walk at least some portion of the trail, usually because of deep sand or long very steep sections.

We were doing this as a minimally planned trip, so we rented camping gear and bikes from WS. All we had to do was show up and ride. We flew from SFO to Denver, where the plane to Moab’s tiny airport (2 flights a day) was 90 minutes late. This would not have been a big problem, except that Canyonlands Airport is 20 miles from town and there are not a lot of taxis at 8:30 at night. We got lucky and the taxi company we were able to reach picked us up in about 40 minutes. That’s when we realized that getting back to the airport for the 7AM flight home might be a challenge. Since there was nothing we could do about that on the trail (no cell coverage) we decided not to worry about it and enjoy the ride.


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Grand Canyon 2010

June 17th, 2010

  • This is only a mediocre view by Grand Canyon standards.
The Grand Canyon.   The name says it all.  There may be no more iconic natural wonder.  Google says that there is a  “Grand Canyon of..”  Yellowstone, Yosemite, Texas, and even Pennsylvania.  While these are fine gorges, I’m sure; there really can be Only One.  For years we have talked about going there to ride mountain bikes.  The National Park Service generally has a “no bikes on trails” rule.  The Forest Service (FS) does not and some of the land north of the Canyon is FS land.  So while you can’t ride in the Canyon (which is NPS land), you can ride the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is FS land.  The Rainbow Rim Trail (RRT) was created especially for mountain bikers and it is spectacular. (more…)

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What Goes Up, Must Come Down.

February 18th, 2008

The last photo gallery of the Ridge Trail was all about the climb. The nice thing about climbing is that there is usually a descent to follow. Today, we embrace gravity and show a little bit of the descent.

  • Just a little reminder about how this looks from the bottom.

Just a little reminder about how this looks from the bottom. (more…)

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