June 22 - Post Canyon - Dirt Surfer shuttle

Kevin and Kelly ran into their cousin Tom Anderson yesterday at the beach.  Tom was coming in off the water from kiting, and we were hanging on the grass at the Event Site.  We invited Tom and his friend, Dana, to join Kelly, Francine and Scott on a shuttle from Kingsley Reservoir - Dirt Surfer.   They were in.
Kingsley Reservoir drop off - Scott, Kelly, Tom, Francine and Dana

Dana, Scott, Francine and Kelly

Dana, Tom, Kelly and Scott

Kevin and Diane were the shuttle Drivers (2 cars), since we had 5 bikers. We have had some rain here in the Gorge, and it made the climb, quite nice, relatively speaking, on the super rocky ATV trail #197 for the 1.25 mile climb to the start of #170 Dirt Surfer.   From here it is generally downhill to the Post Canyon Trails.  At the bottom, we went right and hit Spaghetti Factory #116.  We climbed Spaghetti Factory to its end, passing by the top of Mobius and headed out to Mitchell Ridge #110 for the finish.  When this dropped down to the road, we rode out the end of the Seven Streams trail and pedaled to the house with a tailwind.  The dirt was perfect in Post Canyon.  15 miles.

June 20 - Extreme Chair Kiting

Kevin wanted to try his new trainer kite out again.  The last time we tried, there wasn't enough wind.  We parked down by the Marina.  He kept getting dragged down the beach from the kite.  It was actually hilarious to watch.

This is when I first realized Kevin was not sitting in the chair anymore.

Kevin getting pulled down wind from our chairs.

Kite continues to pull Kevin downwind.

June 20 - 44 Road - Bottle Prairie Trail to Kneibel Springs Trail

Scott and Diane arrived to their rented house yesterday, Sunday, 19th.  Today, we convinced Diane to join Francine and Scott on this 10 mile loop.  This time, like we didn't do with Lori, we set Diane up on Kevin's bike.  She powered up the first climb, and we all enjoyed the descent down.  The recent rains really solidified the trail, and the berms were all bermy and solid.  Today, the descent was so much better than when we took Tom and Lori.

Hmph.  We had to make the climb back out.   I keep forgetting how much of a grunt this climb is.  This ride is a little reverse, as in there is a climb at the end.  Luckily, you do get to finish the last 3/4 mile on a downhill.  Unfortunately, one of the last loose corners got the better of Diane.  She went over the bars, and scraped her shoulder, elbow, nose, cheek, knees, and her dignity.  Luckily we did not have to go to the doctor.  Bummer way for her to end the ride.  She said she was having fun.  She even said the climb was ok, as she wanted to get in a workout today.   9.8 miles.

June 17-19 - Sally and mom arrive

Friday - After a lazy morning, Francine followed Kevin around on a mellow pavement pedal.  Mom and Sally arrived on Friday afternoon.  Dad didn't make it this weekend, as he came down with a cold.  We made a stop at the fish stand for fresh indian caught salmon for dinner.

Saturday - Francine took mom to a beginners Yoga class.  She said it was her first class, and she really enjoyed it.  Then off to get pies.  Stopped at the Apple Valley Country Store and pre-purchased our 14 pies.  They were a little overwhelmed with our request.  We went on to Parkdale for lunch at The Solera Brewery.  Then made our way back to pick up our pies.  They had quite a line up to check-out, and it was sure nice we had already pre-paid.  We left Kevin at home to rest his foot.

Yes, that's right - 14 frozen pies.  2 cooked, 2 left for Kevin, 5 for Dad, and 5 for Sally.

That afternoon, we were supposed to go to Mosier to the Analemma winery, but mom needed a nap, and we took it easy.  We did make it to Henny's in White Salmon for a nice dinner.  Kent, the guy we are renting from, lives on the Washington side, and recommended the place.  We will return.

Sunday - Mom has been out walking and exploring the neighborhood each morning.  Thanks to all the veges and eggs that both Sally and mom brought, we ate very hardy greens with eggs for breakfast each day.

June 10-12, Post Canyon Francine and Heather tear it up

Saturday - Francine and Heather, up at Kingsley reservoir,
 ready for a lap on dirt surfer.
Our friends, Heather and Mike arrived with their daughter Eleni, 3 years old  and twin girls Laila and Sunny (5 months) from Seattle last night around 11pm.  After a sleepless night for Heather and Mike,  feeding twins can keep you up most of the night, Francine and Heather made their way to the Post Canyon trailhead. Mike was on kid duty for the weekend, so Heather was getting some quality bike time. The girls rode up Seven Streams #100 to the Family Man area.  Circled around in that area before heading up 8-Track to the top.  Then we headed down #158 Bad Moto Scooter to #158 Grand Prix - GP to lower GP.  Climbed up #116 Spaghetti Factory to the new connector "Sisters-Wives" that connects to the new Kleeway flow trail.  This was Heather's first experience on the flowy bermy trails, and she loved them.  9.75 miles.

Saturday - top of Spaghetti Factory/Mobius.  Heading out to finish on Mitchell Ridge Trail

It rained really had on Friday night, so we waited until later in the day to ride.  Took a stop at the kids wooden play structure on Eugene and 9th with Eleni.  Then hit the taco truck in town for lunch, and a quick look at the Saturday farmer's market.

Kevin was the shuttle Driver again.  This time he drove to the correct drop-off spot at the Kingsley Reservoir.  Heather and Francine crossed the dam on the upper Reservoir, and started up ATV trail #197 for 1.25 miles to the start of #170 Dirt Surfer.   From here it is generally downhill to the Post Canyon Trails.  At the bottom, we went right and hit Spaghetti Factory #116.  We climbed Spaghetti Factory to its end, passed by the top of Mobius and headed out to Mitchell Ridge #110 for the finish.  When this dropped down to the road, we rode out the end of the Seven Streams trail and pedaled to the house.  14.75 miles.

Saturday - start of Dirt Surfer

For their Sunday ride, Francine and Heather rode up Seven Streams to the Mobius trail.  The new Mobius trail is in a clearcut, but since we started riding at 9:30am, and there was a breeze, the temps were pleasant.  At the top of Mobius, we went left, and down on #116 Spaghetti Factory to the Family Man area.  Went down #108 flow trail to the new Float-On flow trail which connects into Kleeway.  Rode those bermy trails to the end of Kleeway.  Moved onto Seven Streams and out to the car.  9 or 10 miles.  Great three days with our friends.

Never a dull moment
Kevin getting a little foot friendly action

June 6, Surveyor's Ridge to Oakridge Trail and dinner at Fiorini's

Tom and Francine in front of Mt. Hood
Thanks to gimpy, we got droopped off at the the top of the Dog River trail.  Instead of blasting down Dog River, we headed out on Surveyor's Ridge.   After several climbs on what was suppose to be generally downhill, we dropped out on Oakridge Trail to our car, that Kevin had stashed.   Unfortunately the upper portion of Oakridge trail had been logged out.  What was once large trees and pine needle trail was now a clearcut.  Thankfully the bottom of the trail was still intact and we could finish on a high note.   14.6 miles  Riders:  Francine, Greg, and Tom Davies.

Greg getting the shot
Francine with Mount Hood in full glory

For our evening festivities, our group of 6, Greg, Mike O'brien, Lori, Tom, Francine, and Kevin headed to dinner at Jeff and Sally Fiorini's.  They have a super cute house they have owned for about 30 years in town.  Good times.

Greg, Kevin, Sally, Mike, Jeff, Lori and Tom on deck at Fiorini's

June 5 - Shuttle Drop from Binn's Hill

Francine and Greg on Dirt Surfer

The original plan for today was a shuttle drop off at the Kingsley Reservoir, to ride the entire Dirt Surfer Trail.  We made a wrong turn in the car, and only made it to the Binn's Hill trailhead.  So, we made the attempt to climb to the Dirt Surfer #140 trail.  Headed out ATV #180 to Moto #170.  At the next intersection, instead of going right, we went left and climbed/hiked higher than we needed.  They seemed to have closed down a trail that should have taken us up to the Dirt Surfer Trail #140.  After bushwacking wih no success, Francine and Greg retreated back down the hill to Tom.  Lost some unnecessary elevation on the way to the connector to Dirt Surfer.  We were doing a bit of grumbling due to the loose, dusty, and hot trail conditions.  Once we hit Dirt Surfer, the trail improved dramatically.

Rode that down as Dirt Surfer #140 turned into Hybrid XC #140 to the bottom.  Went right to Spaghetti Factory.  Climbed this sweet, smooth, shaded trail to its end.  Went right on #116 to Mitchell Ridge #110 and down to the road.  Since it was about 100 degrees, we opted for a descent on the gravel road instead of the trail that parallels the road.  Rode back to the house.  12 miles.

June 3 & 4 - More in the Hood "44 Road Trails"

June 4:    The kids with good ankles drove up the "44 road"  to do a favorite loop combining Knebal and Bottle Prairie trails for 9.75 miles.  Lori, Tom, Greg and Francine.  Everyone had a great time.  Gimpy flopped through yoga at Flow Yoga,  and made it out in the kayak, with the help of kayak porters, Tom and Francine.  Another couple excellent days in Hood River.

Lori descending on Bottle Prairie

Lori and Tom


Greg, Tom, and Lori check out the lead Coke bottle
they picked up.   Can you get a dime for those?

June 3:  Gang did Reardon Rd. shuttle drop at Post Canyon.  Rode the Family Man loop and then headed up Eight Track to the top.  Headed down Bad Motor Scooter, which was in great shape.  Then descended Grand Prix - GP.  Started the climb up Spaghetti Factory to the new connector to the Kleeway trail.  Rode that down to the road and hit the bottom of the Seven Streams trail and hit pavement and local paths on the way back to the house.

Tom, Greg, and Francine at the Family Man trailhead

June 1,2 Hood River days

Perfect 70 degree weather for today, after 90 degrees yesterday.  Francine has gotten two yoga sessions done and one Post Canyon bike ride.  Kevin has been working hard at resting.  Cleaned Kayak on day 1, and made it down to the waterfront park to get a coffee and try flying a kite.   Friends arrive tomorrow.

look no spiders

Can't reach it

Chair-kiting. the new inactivity

Broken May 20

Looks like the posts may slow down.   While riding the KTM on a gravel road, was not paying close attention, and laid bike down on it's side.  Unfortunately, my foot ended up under the bike.   Diagnosis fibula fracture.   Non-dispaced, but definitely going to take some time to mend.   Heading to Hood River, Oregon on May 31.  Not going to be the trip I was planning.  Bummer.

Scott and I, prior to heading out.

April 22, Boise - Camel's Back Trails

Francine ripping down on Sidewinder trail, Boise, Utah
 We spent last night at our normal Boise stop, Comfort Suites Boise Airport hotel.  This place is always clean and quiet.  We stopped by the bike shop for the new Ridge to Rivers map, and headed out to the Camel's Back trail head at the end of 13th.  Umm - don't these people in Boise work?  The park was packed, and the super wide trails were packed with walkers, joggers and bikers.  What is this place like on the weekends?  Must have to park high to get away from folks.  Can't imagine stopping for all the people one would meet on the trail on the weekend.

Rode out Red Fox Trail (#36) which is basically a road to its end at an upper parking area.  Crossed the road and headed out Lower Hulls Gulch (#29) to Red Cliffs Trail (#39) to Crestline (#28) to Sidewinder (#24) to its end.  Hmph - quite a grunt.  All these trails are super smooth, super wide, and starting to get a little dry.  Hardtail heaven.

We took a break at the top here and enjoyed the view.  We started our descent and retraced our steps on Sidewinder to Crestline and took a right to the Lower Hulls Gulch trailhead.  Sidewinder was a fun, curvy descent.  And Lower Hulls Gulch (#29) was narrower and had a few more rocks thrown in to keep you on your toes.  In no time we were back at the 2nd parking area and finished on Chickadee Ridge (#36A) and back to the car.  11 fun miles.  We were definitely moving a little faster here and yesterday, at Corner Canyon, than the rockier trails in Moab.  After a grumpy start,  we were both smiling at the end, after the fast and flowy downhill.

Made our way to Hyde Park, the cute shopping district a few blocks away for mexican at Parilla Grill.  Then cruised on the highway to Prosser, where we stopped at Horsehaven Saloon for dinner and made it home by 9pm.  Great trip.  Great friends and Great company.
Francine pushes her bike up a steep pitch
as we approach the top of sidewinder.

Fun downhill on Lower Hulls Gulch

April 21, 2016 - Corner Caynon, Draper Utah

Francine at Corner Canyon trail system, Draper Utah.

We packed up and left the Desert Blue house we rented in Moab thru VRBO and headed to Draper Utah, just south of SLC to ride in the Corner Canyon area, where we have ridden a couple of times before on our way to/from Moab or Fruita.

The city of Draper is putting a 12inch water pipe down the entire Corner Canyon, so there was restricted access to the up trail Clarks and the downhill Rush trail.  It was amazing how much land they had to disturb to put in the road to the top.

We climbed Lower Corner Canyon Trail to Gasline Trail to Ghost Falls Trail.  We should have taken Rattlers Trail on the left as we were climbing Ghost Falls Trail, as it seemed to be the easier uphill.  We rode Ghost Falls Trail to its top at the parking lot.  Here we headed up half a mile on Jacob's Ladder Trail.  When it hit the jeep road, Francine headed back to the down, while Kevin continued up the jeep road to the top of Jacob's Ladder.  While waiting for Kevin, another nice biker informed Francine that there is a better, easier, road route up to the top of Jacob's ladder from the top of the Rush Trailhead.  We will have to check that out next time.

From here, we descended back down Ghost Falls Trail to Canyon Hollow Trail, and climbed back up that, turning right onto Brock's Point Trail to the top of Rush Trail (also known as the Peak View Trailhead).  Since Rush trail is closed due to the water pipe project, we descended Ann's Trail to Potato Hill Trail to the BST and finished on Creek View Trail to Lower Corner Canyon Trail to the car.  12 fun miles.  The descent kept continuing.

Francine where Jacob's Ladder trail meets jeep road (1/2 mile climb)

Kevin at Rush Trailhead - see fencing for waterpipe project.

April 20, 2016 - Hymasa Trail, Moab Utah

Francine on the Hymasa climb
Legs are getting tired.  Last day before we check out tomorrow.  Hurray - today's high is supposed to hit 73.  Yesterday we did finally hit 60, and the previous days have only seen highs in the mid 50's.  Unbelievably, it is hotter at home in Seattle, than down here in Moab.

We wanted a short ride that wasn't too far from the house.  Once Francine saw on the map that the Hymasa Trail was only a blue-black, she thought that was a viable option, being only 4 miles away.  She made Kevin promise that we were going to do an out and back on Hymasa, and not descend on Captain Ahab - a super technical route back down.  It was only the two of us, as Val and Don did separate rides.

The climb was super well made, as it crossed the Amasa Back jeep road climb a couple of times.  In no time, we were at the top.  They sure do a good job running the trail thru pretty scenery and terrain.  Once at the top, we headed out Upper Captain Ahab for a very short bit and turned around.  Then we went out a jeep road for a very short bit before turning around and descended the same fun trail we climbed.  For some reason, Hymasa seemed smoother than the other normally rocky trails in Moab.  We were down in no time, on the fun, more flowy trail, back at the car.  Only 8.5 miles today.

Headed back to the house, where Val had returned from her ride to Hurrah Pass and Don was also home from riding the 9.5 mile slickrock loop.



Francine with the La Sal mountains in the background

Kevin on Captain Ahab

Francine descending Hymasa trail

April 19, 2016, Bull Run to Getaway, Moab

Don on Getaway

Tom and Lori packed up this morning and headed home.  We're down to 4.
Temps are sure cold.  Only supposed to be 53 today.  The four of us, Don/Val and Francine/Kevin, made our way to the Magnificent 7 Trailhead at the top of Gemini Bridges Road.  Today's ride is a reverse, where we start at the top, and finish with a climb on Getaway Trail.  We started down on Getaway trail to Bull Run to it's end.  Bull Run is a Blue-Black rated trail, which means all the rocky drops and climbs are easily ridable by Francine and Val.  For rocky Moab, this was a nice downhill.  Then we made a wonderful climb on Getaway, that was rated Blue, and had flowy ups and downs as it climbed back to the car.  Great fun Loop.  16 miles

Val on Bull Run

Francine on Bull Run

Kevin on Bull Run.  La Sal Mountains in background kept getting snow while we were there.

Couples shot on Bull Run

April 18, 2016 - Arches National Park, Moab

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Got off the bikes and went for a hike.  Don and Val left around 6:30am for Arches National Park for the Devil's Garden 7 mile hike.  Francine, Tom, Lori and Kevin left closer to 8:00  and made the hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.  This week is free for park entrance.

Kevin below Delicate Arch
Francine and Lori

Tom and Lori

Delicate Arch

Francine and Kevin

Lori and Francine

Chilling in the backyard, Lori and Francine
Can you believe it is the middle of the day, and it is cold.  Lori has on her pants and a down coat.  Francine has on a fleece.  It's chilly when the wind picks up.

Kevin and Tom

After having lunch at the house, Val, Lori, Tom, Francine and Kevin rode the paved MillCreek Parkway to Rotary Park.  From there, Lori split off and rode back to the house.  The four of us made our way to Mill Creek Trailhead off of Powerhouse Road, and back.  9.25 miles.