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yellow
09-07-2005, 06:34 PM
Sadie Kate and I just got back from a way-fun mountain bike trip last night. She's posted her account of our days on the Amici Veloci website (http://www.amiciveloci.org) but I thought I'd relay my version here under "Adventure Stories".

Now I'm fairly new to this mountain bike thing, so I was--frankly--a wee bit nervous about making it through the trip without any broken bones or gashes that may require stitches. Thankfully SK brought her soft tail Litespeed for me to use...the rear wheel of my pig-of-a-bike weighed more than the entire Litespeed!

On day 1 of riding, the relatively mild Deschutes River Trail, I fell no less than about 8 times. I got really dirty and really bruised but no blood and no broken bones. SK coached me on the "tank traps" and found that once I got in them I became enamoured and she had a hard time getting me out of them. We did about 21 miles this day, I think.

The biggest mistake of day 1 is that we didn't go have martinis at the Bendistillery. I kind of needed it when we got back to ChezPetunia (HQ of the Oregon chapter of Amici Veloci) and saw that my lovely hyper Lab had destroyed a window screen. At least she didn't shatter the window.

Day 2 was the ego-booster day up around Sisters. I did not fall AT ALL! The downhill was fast! There was only a little "sand" and at no time did it grab my wheel and flail me across the trail! I made it over the "canal" hump without going over the bars! Whoopee!

It was at the end of this day that the molasses cookie craving began. Again, no martinis. What were we thinking?

Day 3 was a "drop run" in that we got dropped at the "top" by Petunia's shuttle bunny DH and got to ride mostly downhill for about 20 miles. Piece o' cake, right? This is the day that saw my greatest blood loss.

It was a root. Right next to (right of) a 10" lodgepole pine. On a pretty narrow section. With another tree on the right side of the trail. I made it over the root with my front wheel and then slowly fell into the lodgepole. They have kind of rough bark. They were really only minor scrapes and cuts but shook me up quite a bit. That and the fact that it took me a while to get unwedged from between the trees. Think "Winnie the Pooh in Rabbit's hole".

We ate a good portion of a bag of molasses cookies this day. And that night, we had martinis. Good thing.

Day 4 was the bestest. We did an "epic" ride of 24 miles, though it was only supposed to be about 20. We did a bunch of climbing (about 3000' total) and fun descending. The scenery was incredible. We ate a bunch of molasses cookies. We looked at rocks and plants and laughed and smiled a lot. I rode over a bunch of roots without incident. Nothing like being forced to confront your enemies.

It was such a great trip that now I'm depressed that I'm home. And I like being home. But I'm looking forward to the next one!

Oh! and I have some photos here on my Yahoo! site (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/suelizlee) (choose the Bend folder).

Irulan
09-07-2005, 06:41 PM
sounds like fun, but whassup with martinis? You are supposed to drink all the great brews at the Deschutes Brewery! Black Butte Porter...mmm...


irulan

SadieKate
09-07-2005, 08:27 PM
sounds like fun, but whassup with martinis? You are supposed to drink all the great brews at the Deschutes Brewery! Black Butte Porter...mmm...It wasn't on tap at Chez Petunia but the bottled version was pretty good as long as you timed swigs between the romping of 3 wild and crazy labradors.

When we can finally make this work, Irulan, we'll go to the Distillery for martinis also. Us 3 girls managed to test several on the list but there are so many more that need evaluation! A Key Lime Martini makes a durn tasty dessert.

yellow
09-07-2005, 08:35 PM
Black Butte Porter...mmm...
I had one at lunch on Satuday! And we had a nice meal and beer at the Bend Brewing Co. (I had a red on nitro...mmmmm). That was pre-martini.

:D

SadieKate
09-07-2005, 08:38 PM
Petunia's shuttle bunny DH also provided designated driver services. Since he now lives there, he graciously allowed the rest of us to become soused. I don't think we made fools of ourselves. :o

yellow
09-07-2005, 08:39 PM
Oh! And most importantly, SK surpassed her climbing goal on our 2nd day. :D :D :D The top of the 80th Empire State Building up around Sisters. It was a great place for the big turnover!

(this important piece of info is on the blog, but for those that don't want to read another/different accounting, I felt it was important to post here!)

snapdragen
09-07-2005, 09:28 PM
sounds like fun, but whassup with martinis? You are supposed to drink all the great brews at the Deschutes Brewery! Black Butte Porter...mmm...irulan

It's the influence of the "evil" snap........ :D

aka_kim
09-07-2005, 10:23 PM
This is the day that saw my greatest blood loss.Uh huh... and medicinal molasses cookies and martinis is the prescribed treatment. Hmmm.

SadieKate
09-07-2005, 10:49 PM
Sure, molasses for iron and alcohol as an antibacterial agent. I learned the iron part from yellow. :p

Irulan
09-08-2005, 07:14 AM
It wasn't on tap at Chez Petunia but the bottled version was pretty good as long as you timed swigs between the romping of 3 wild and crazy labradors.

When we can finally make this work, Irulan, we'll go to the Distillery for martinis also. Us 3 girls managed to test several on the list but there are so many more that need evaluation! A Key Lime Martini makes a durn tasty dessert.

I serioulsy thought about it, but my one day Kettle Crest adventure was what was on the books as we are in the throes of home improvement projects.
You can count on me for the designated driver, I'm not much of a martini or anything else kind of gal.

~i.

SadieKate
09-08-2005, 09:26 AM
I serioulsy thought about it, but my one day Kettle Crest adventure was what was on the books as we are in the throes of home improvement projects.
You can count on me for the designated driver, I'm not much of a martini or anything else kind of gal.

~i.Cool, a rider and designated driver all in one! We like that! Though I have to say that the only time I ever really "refuse" to be a DD is when we're visiting the Benddistillery. Please mark down a Bend trip for Memorial Day weekend. We rent a house for the gang then.

I don't think we'll make it back up there again this fall, but if you can get there the North Fork/Metolius-Windigo/Flagline loop which is only open after 8/15 (due to the elk breeding season) is incredible. Highest elevation mtbike ride I've done in that area and it was just gorgeous scenery when you lifted your eyes from the superb trails.

bikerchick68
09-08-2005, 12:22 PM
I'm so glad I saw this... I love the area... my ex-inlaws live on Riverfront by Mirror Pond... so I've spent lots of time up there... white water rafting the Deschutes and snowboarding Bachelor... Sisters is a cool little town too, isn't it?

congrats on those new record climbs... this makes me wanna buy a mtn bike! :D

btw- Bevmo carries Descutes beers... Obsidian Stout...mmmmmmm.... :)

DirtDiva
09-08-2005, 03:35 PM
You have no idea how much of this I managed to drink in four months on an Oregon skifield! We knocked off work around 4/4.30 and the bus didn't go back down the hill until 5pm. Ah, happy memories...

SadieKate
09-08-2005, 03:55 PM
Just in case you need one, they now have jerseys.

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/shoppingcart/default.aspx?ProductURL=ProductsList.aspx?CategoryID=43

DirtDiva
09-08-2005, 04:15 PM
By the by, do you realise that your 80 plus Empire State Buildings are in the vicinity of 3.4 Everests? :eek: Figuring that out addled my brain a little, but I was way impressed! :cool:

SadieKate
09-08-2005, 04:20 PM
By the by, do you realise that your 80 plus Empire State Buildings are in the vicinity of 3.4 Everests? :eek: Figuring that out addled my brain a little, but I was way impressed! :cool:Wow, that addles my brain also! Just think, yellow and caligurl and others of their kind have probably ridden atleast a dozen of them. So, how many feet for Everest?

Veronica
09-08-2005, 04:25 PM
29,053 feet according to Wikepedia.

V.

SadieKate
09-08-2005, 04:30 PM
Thanks, Teach!

Ooo, I could easily make 4 Everests this fall with a Mt Ham, a Diablo and the Siskiyou. Hmm, I am bringing hill climber just in case I decide I have to slug out the full century. Don't ask me why I'm considering the pain.

Sadie "strong legs, weak butt" Kate

Veronica
09-08-2005, 04:35 PM
If you opt for the full century, maybe I'll join you. I've been so tired this week when I get home from school, I haven't been riding. A new crop of kids is draining - physically and emotionally.

V.

SadieKate
09-08-2005, 04:39 PM
I rode the TT last night even though my left leg was obviously unhappy about the tough root climbs we did Monday so I'm off until Saturday. We can take it easy and carry a large supply of Vitamin I. We can just keep company with our tortoises.

DirtDiva
09-08-2005, 05:11 PM
29,053 feet according to Wikepedia.That's 8848 metres from sea level, according to one of the spaces in my brain filled with trivia rather than practical, useful stuff. I thought of Everest in the first place because I was just reading in mbr yesterday about people on a mtb holiday in the Alps climbing (and descending) that far in a week! :eek: Five riding days! :eek:

Veronica
09-08-2005, 05:23 PM
That's 8848 metres from sea level, according to one of the spaces in my brain filled with trivia rather than practical, useful stuff. I thought of Everest in the first place because I was just reading in mbr yesterday about people on a mtb holiday in the Alps climbing (and descending) that far in a week! :eek: Five riding days! :eek:


It's really not that bad. We rode 5 days in the Azores (which are hilly, but not Alp like) and then when we got home did the local mountain with SK and that was almost 18,000 feet for the week. Granted Everest is another 10K. :p

I guess it's all in what you're used to. I bet next year Sarah goes for 200,000 feet!

V.

DirtDiva
09-09-2005, 04:00 AM
:eek: Not that bad?!? Oh, that's right - you're some kind of freak for hill-climbing, aren't you? ;) :p :D Personally, I'm more inclined to go for rides that don't require too much uphill fitness or downhill skill. :o

SadieKate
09-09-2005, 08:01 AM
When we rode from Telluride to Moab we had well over 20,000 ft of climbing over 6 days on mtbikes (think lots of deep gravel and washboard surfaces that year and avg elev close to 9,000 ft). Yes, I did it but I wouldn't regularly choose to do it.

Can't go for 200,000 ft next year unless the cost of gas comes down. We've been driving to meet everyone for these rides so to double it at $3.20 a gallon? :confused: :( I'll have to concentrate on some hills closer to home. Wait a minute, all we have is freeway bridges.

aka_kim
09-09-2005, 09:44 AM
Can't go for 200,000 ft next year unless the cost of gas comes down. We've been driving to meet everyone for these rides so to double it at $3.20 a gallon? :confused: :( I'll have to concentrate on some hills closer to home. Wait a minute, all we have is freeway bridges.I know a nice little ranch house in WC for only $800k, centrally located to all East Bay hills and mountains....

SadieKate
09-09-2005, 10:36 AM
Only if it come with a maid, butler and mechanic.

CorsairMac
09-09-2005, 12:13 PM
Kim where DO you find your avatars??......this one is Hilarious!!!!

aka_kim
09-09-2005, 12:59 PM
Kim where DO you find your avatars??......this one is Hilarious!!!!This one's from today's very funny foaming rant (http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/8846.0.html) at VeloNews.

bikerchick68
09-09-2005, 01:10 PM
how did you make it into an avatar? If it's reeeeeally complicated, never mind! LOL... I'm OK with the computer at best!

that IS a cool one... :D

aka_kim
09-09-2005, 02:15 PM
how did you make it into an avatar?To swipe an image from a web page, just right click it and choose "Save picture as". Once saved, you can then shrink it or make changes using whatever image editing software you use (MS Paint works too).

bikerchick68
09-09-2005, 03:45 PM
cool thanks!!! :D