Saturday, September 29, 2012


Due to the nature of my unorthodox work hours, I am often off doing something by myself.  Looking to explore new territory,  this week I thought I would seek out some mountain bike trails near Mt. Bachelor that I have never been on before.  What a great decision this turned out to be.  Not only was it enjoyable to see new country, but I was able to experience one of the best mountain bike rides of my life.  Elevation: 5512.

In the winter, this is a hopping family place for sledding.  
On the other side of the park, there are dog friendly trails for nordic skiing and snowshoeing.  
On this day, I had the playground to myself.
(Click on images for larger view)

Apparently the elk like this place too.  There were hooveprints everywhere.

There are miles of trails that look like this.

Not today

Opted for the challenge.  
Farther down the trail I ran into someone...Mr. Lactic Acid!

Growing up on the sand dunes, my husband often refers to these as..."yum yums".

Whoever built this trail obviously had a sense of humor.

I call these the "huevos rides".  
These are for those that have far more "huevos" than I do.

Multi-tiered huevos ride

Yet another

Because I am out on my own quite a bit, here is some typical gear I might take on a daily outing. 
I take just enough with me in case I have to spend an unexpected night out. 

(TOP row):  Camelbak L.U.X.E. backpack with a 100 oz water bladder (filled full for every trip)

(2nd row, L to R):  Garmin eTrex GPS with two extra batteries and carry case, Gerber Gator knife, Glock Model 27 .40 cal, fleece gloves and beanie hat (these are with me all year - in this climate, the weather can change on an instant).

(3rd row, L to R):   A very lightweight 5 x 7 tarp (another weather precaution), Maxpedition E.D.C pocket organizer (see post "Just In Case" from 29 July for content details), R.E.I. wallet purse.

In my mountain bike seat bag:
Extra bike tube, patch kit, Topeak bike multi-tool, and grease rag
Reflective foil emergency blanket
Coghlan's Survival kit-in-a-can

Tips when heading out:
  Take into consideration where you are going, what activity you will be participating in, what the weather has in store, what gear is appropriate, and always bring more water than what you think you will need.

ALWAYS, ALWAYS let someone know where you are going and when they should expect you back.

"It is only alone, truly alone that one bursts apart, springs forth."  --Maria Isabel Barreno

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