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yellow
11-29-2005, 04:36 PM
My first Thanksgiving in UT was a real treat as SadieKate and Bubba and Izaak the Wonder Poodle were in town visiting...which means that we had to RIDE (no matter the weather). I was so very thankful to have them around for the long weekend...I sure miss all of my CA riding buddies. We had two mini adventures, one on the mainland and one on the island!

We went for a short but extremely chilly trail ride in Mill Creek Canyon (http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/pipeline.htm) on Wed. When we got to the parking area, a good portion of it was glazed over with ice. Bubba proclaimed that it was twenty degrees but I think it was more like 28-30.


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b310/SadieKate/SLC%20Thanksgiving%202005/icy_start.jpg


We bundled up and rode up the road until we came to the Burch Hollow trailhead. We then got on a lovely singletrack trail that eventually hit the sun. Here we are in our "Black Widow" outfits.


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b310/SadieKate/SLC%20Thanksgiving%202005/black_widows.jpg


And here's SK on the trail


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b310/SadieKate/SLC%20Thanksgiving%202005/sarah_rides.jpg


We ran into several nice folks (some of them more than once) and Bubba saved the day for a guy that had a flat and a nonfunctional pump. We were really, really cold but we still had a very nice ride.

On Friday we ventured out to Antelope Island (http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/antelope.htm) in the Great Salt Lake. DH and I had scouted it the weekend before and went for a nice ride then, but we decided this time to try a couple of other trails. So we did two loops that are connected to each other, the White Rock Bay and Split Rock Bay loops. We saw bison, bighorn sheep, Hungarian partidges, falcons, hawks, etc., etc. It's quite the wildlife sighting zone in the late fall. And while it was chilly, it wasn't like our other ride. And we didn't get gored by the bison as we rode by them, which is a very good thing.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b310/SadieKate/SLC%20Thanksgiving%202005/AI11-25-05022.jpg


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b310/SadieKate/SLC%20Thanksgiving%202005/AI11-25-05007.jpg


I told SK and Bubba that I could get used to this cold weather cycling.

Here's the link (http://photobucket.com/albums/b310/SadieKate/SLC%20Thanksgiving%202005/) to a bunch of photos from both days. It started to rain and snow the Saturday of that weekend, so SK and I went on some shopping adventures to REI and Patagonia (Oh! and we did go to the new Cabela's in Lehi on Friday night. YIKES!).

It was a great adventure. In fact, today as I was driving back from skiing, I found myself thinking that I still had time to squeeze in a ride. Sicko.

Happy to be back with y'all!

y

Veronica
11-29-2005, 04:42 PM
Looks like you all had a grand time! I wondered how the riding waqs for you guys this weekend.

Nice to see you back on line too. :)

V.

Trekhawk
11-29-2005, 04:44 PM
Yellow - sounds like you all had a great time and the pictures are beaut.

It sure looks cold though. I love Utah and hope to see more of it before I return to Aust. :)

bikerz
11-29-2005, 06:19 PM
Beautiful photos! Looks like you all had a great time!

aka_kim
11-29-2005, 07:40 PM
Brrrr. Beautiful country. Looks like it was a grand day out (my apologies to jobob and w&g).

SadieKate
11-29-2005, 08:23 PM
She's ba-ack! I take it you're now connected to the 'net from the new abode?

Bubba and I had such a great time. His mom lives in SLC but we've never been cycling there (well, until my Little Red Riding Hood adventure earlier this year). The opportunity to see some trails with yellow was just too good to pass up. Fortunately, Bill's mom is very understanding and the weather cooperated.

Thanksgiving dinner at a wonderful restaurant where someone else did the cooking and cleaning wasn't bad either. :p

massbikebabe
11-29-2005, 08:39 PM
OOOOOOHHHHHH, those pics make me so jealous!!!

Thanks for sharing them!!! As part of my rehab. my little brother is flying me out to Nevada to visit him, and he is going to take me to Utah!! I am so very excited, and optimistic that I will be able to do some un-aided walking by then!! Looks like y'all could come up here to Massachusetts with your warm woolies and ride for me!!


karen

SadieKate
11-29-2005, 08:49 PM
Where in Utah? What time of year?

Very cool brother! :D

massbikebabe
11-29-2005, 09:01 PM
Sadie;

I am hopeful/we are shooting for April or May. My bro's are all very neat.
One is my accountant, another my lawyer, and the guy in Nevada is my entertainment...he is a blast!! If he had his way I would be out there now, but I need to be by my doc's, my kids, and my PT/OT folks...ah, the list could go on forever!!

karen

CorsairMac
11-30-2005, 09:52 AM
was that SNOW I saw on the ground?? :eek: :eek:

the trails looked awesome tho - sounds like ya'll had a grand and glorious time!

Adventure Girl
11-30-2005, 10:01 AM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b310/SadieKate/SLC%20Thanksgiving%202005/black_widows.jpgDid you guys plan these matching outfits? Too funny! And, Yellow, your helmet/head isn't crooked this time! Looks like you guys are having wayyyy too much fun!

yellow
11-30-2005, 10:27 AM
Did you guys plan these matching outfits?
I think it was all planned when we were separated at birth. At least that's the conclusion we've reached.

I think my helmet is on straight in most of the shots, for once. Although I did have help from Bubba in the one you reposted. I think that's why I'm laughing in that shot!

And Corsair, it's more like hoarfrost, not snow. Though if you look in the background of this one you can see snow in them thar hills. It has snowed a bunch since this was taken, so that trail is now not rideable without studded tires!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b310/SadieKate/SLC%20Thanksgiving%202005/sarah_rides.jpg

Adventure Girl
11-30-2005, 10:38 AM
so that trail is now not rideable without studded tires!Hard core!!!

SadieKate
11-30-2005, 02:59 PM
Did you guys plan these matching outfits? Too funny! Did you check out the photobucket photos? The Lost Boys (whole 'nother story ;) ) included matching helmet and bike colors on their outfits. See the photo of the 4 of us.

'K, back to bed. Is there a flu going round that involved severe dizziness, bit of nausea and a headache? No fever at least. Yuck. Dizziness over but headache on the rise. I think I can risk fluids now. Been sleeping. Daytime TV is for the birds. Nuff reading/typing now :(

crazycanuck
12-01-2005, 03:48 AM
Great pics !!! That looks like a great place to ride...So nice to see Bison/Buffalo & a smidgen bit of snow...!

Glad ya had fun

c

CorsairMac
12-01-2005, 12:16 PM
awww yellow! I liked your other avatar better hun............your dog sitting there so patiently always brought a smile to my face!

yellow
12-01-2005, 05:47 PM
Oh my, if you knew my dog, "patient" would not be a word you would use!

I'll try to get a dog-in-the-snow picture this weekend to use next...

DirtDiva
12-02-2005, 11:17 AM
I like the new avatar! It reminds me about the good parts of winter. :D (Not that the doggie wasn't adorable...)

Oh, yeah - looks like a lovely place to ride.