Sunday, February 13, 2011

It's all about the mtb

The other day we pretty much decided to head back to the midwest in 2 weeks. Ouch. It was at this point that I realized there is a ton of mtb trails in the area and I have a pretty sweet mtb. Then I came to the conclusion that I am no longer going to ride the road bike unless I am commuting to work.

Dear Top Fuel, get ready for some dirt.

After 3 long days of inventory (Mon = 8 hours Tues = 11 hour and Wed = 12
hours) at Trek Bikes of Tucson I was a little too wasted to jump head first into things. Plus I had two flat tires. Thursday was a day to sit around and lounge by the pool.

Friday I was feeling about the same until at 3:00pm when I realized if I didn't ride NOW I wasn't going to ride at all. So I hopped on the mtb and pedaled up to 6,000 ft on Mt. Lemmon. I wasn't just pedaling though...I was crushing it....if I didn't go good up the mountain I wasn't going to be able to ride the trail back down. It was getting chilly and I didn't want to flat and get stuck in the mountains on a trail I had never ridden before. Bug Springs! It was a pretty sweet 6 or 7 mile 45 - 50 minute descent down Mt. Lemmon to the trailhead at Molin Basin. The two longs Hike A Bike's were a bit rough, but my cross skills and walking with a bike weren't that rusty quite yet! 3:15 minutes

Saturday was another sweet ride at Star Pass on the west side of Tucson. The trails there keep getting better and better each time I ride on them! I still got lost but I did manage to navigate under the 6 foot tunnel to the other side of Ajo and hit some of the Robles trails. On the drive home I got my fix of my favorite type of Mexican food. The super duper authentic road side stand. Adobada and Pollo Taco's. Mmmmm 3:30 hours

Sunday: With no NFL on tap I had the entire day to soak up the AZ sun. I decided to hit a new trail I didn't even know existed when I lived here from 99 through 2003. The AZ trail supposedly runs from Canada to Mexico. We hopped on the trail on the East side of town at Pistol Hill Rd. and continued South under I-10 towards Patagonia. The only bad thing about such an epic trail is that without major planning it has to be an out and back kinda ride. We made it pretty far, but had to turn back without adequate water on a 80+ degree day in the desert. A couple times I thought I was going to see some cowboys and indians come riding up on horses. I felt like I was out there....2:50 hours

Now I'm spent....time for a little relaxation and a little work. Can't wait for the next mtb adventure!

1 comment:

Kurt said...

Check out some more of the AZT if you get a chance while you're down there. There's some really fun stuff between Madera Creek and a bit north of the interstate, and there's also some great singletrack just S of Mt Lemmon that you can get to on jeep roads and then follow back over to Bugs. Go to for a gpx track of it.