I woke up at 6 AM this Saturday to go out with my brother and take some pictures of him and Joel going off a few downhill drop offs. Well, we got out there probably around 8ish. They got all their gear on and went down and showed me the first drop they were going to do. I have to admit it’s a pretty sick drop off. So, I took my place and told them to make a run for it. Here are some of the pictures I grabbed. After this the two of them were too tired from the previous day to do anything more. So we headed back into vernal. Hopefully there will be more of these kids of shots to come.
So I finally decided to do the Wednesday night group ride here in Vernal. I have been putting it off for the past while because it intimidated me when I would get seriously winded and some times want to puke my guts out on “Mellow” Monday. So I kept asking myself .. if this is mellow, what is a regular ride like? Well I finally found out. Of course the first time out I ended up going on a black diamond run (Very technical). While at first I didn’t think this was the best choice … it may have been better that way. Since my handicap is the cardio portion. I don’t have the endurance most the guys have that do XC. But I did make up for it in the technical sections for the most part. Well with the exception of wrecking three times. But at least I fared better than two of the other guys riding. One of them got a dislocated pinky finger and thrashed his leg. The other guy sprained his ankle.
Anyways, The trail was AMAZING and though it kicked my ass I can’t wait to do it again.
I went on the mellow Monday ride with some of the Vernal Bikers last night down the Flume trail up Dry Fork canyon here outside Vernal, UT. I must say it is probably one of my favorite trails in the area. Not only that but it is the type of biking that first got me into Mtn Biking. It is an amazing trail that winds through aspen and pine trees, through meadows of wildflowers, and along side a raging river (at least this time of the year it is raging). I would recommend the trail to anyone visiting or passing through the Vernal area.
For some reason the trail maps and descriptions aren’t on either of the Mtn Biking websites for this area .. but that will soon change. As I am now working with Troy Boy from Altitude Cycle to re-do their website and make it easier to add/maintain trail descriptions, maps, and pictures. Wish me luck with my new Project!
I’ll try to add a map and trail guide here soon. I didn’t have my GPS unit with me last time I rode the trail so hopefully I can go on it again soon and map it out myself.
Last weekend was Salt Lake City’s Gay Pride weekend. I had my best friend from Phoenix coming up to visit for the weekend. I headed out early and went and visited my Grandma and some friends down in Happy Valley (Utah Valley) Then Thursday evening I headed up to SLC for the rest of the week.
It sure was nice to be back around friends and hanging out at some of the old places I used to go. Plus I got to try out some great new places like Jam. They had some great beers that I fell in love with like the Wasatch Brewery’s Nitro Cream Ale… Yummmm!!!!
Sunday we woke up and headed down to the parade .. and sure enough .. Utah Rained on our Parade 😦 Though it didn’t stop everyone from coming out and enjoying themselves. We just had to bring umbrellas. I sure did feel sorry for the boys on QUAC though. Out in the cold rain in nothing but a Speedo!
All in all I am extremely surprised my liver was able to take all the alcohol I consumed over the weekend. But what a fun weekend at that.
And with that note I’ll post an album of some of the “Interesting” folk in the pride parade ….
Yesterday I finally biked Jazz Chrome Molly all the way though. The trail we took was 6.4 miles according to my GPS. It has three what I’d like to call Puke hills. I was fighting to keep my Sushi down for the first 1/2 of the trail. But after I ate shit while going along a ridgeline tumbling down the side of the hill, it must have kicked in some endorphins because I felt great after that. I didn’t feel the need to waste those yummy Spider and Fire Breathing Dragon rolls. All in all it was a really good ride. Now I just need to get to where I can do it all without stopping.