Category: "Cycling"

Cycling Collage

December 23rd, 2010
Cycling Collage

I have put together a video and a bunch of pictures for my mountain biking adventures during the last part of summer and through October. One of the rides has low quality pictures because of user error. I had accidentally set the camera to take low resolution pictures. Unfortunately the pictures were taken on a trail that was snowed in a week later and hence was not ridable. I had to go on the particular ride before the trails got snowed in for the season. The only thing is that the ride is fairly difficult to do. I can't forget the video that is included too. The video is about me doing the last trail in the, "Mountain Biking Cache Trails," book. I have ridden all of the trails plus the one trail that I rode in October which isn't included in the book. But it is all about the creation of the trip now. An interesting fact that I learned a couple months after the ride to Peter sinks is that the location has the coldest recorded temperature in Utah. I believe that it also has the coldest recorded temperature in the lower 48 states.

Here are the pictures that I promised.

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My Mountain!

December 23rd, 2010

So today while I was putting together the mountain biking entry I was reminiscing about all of my bike rides during the summer. I have literally traveled all over the Bear River Mountain range is one thing that I realized. A more important thought that occured to me was that I really enjoyed going on all of the bike rides. I've also enjoyed my time out in the hills away from civilization and being by myself. To me mountain biking and being in the mountains is more than just a bike ride, but is also a time to reflect and think. I think about life and situations that I might be in that I don't want to be in. I think about engineering problems too even though I usually don't reach a solution out there. I also learn to have really good balance too.

Tonight I went on a bike ride up Logan Canyon on the River Trail. While I was on the trail I was thinking how I got to have such good balance. What caused me to think that thought is that I was in the snow and the bicycle was barely moving while I tried to get through a section of packed ice, snow, and slush. While my bike tire is spinning and I'm barely moving I didn't fall down. Later on the trail I was going up steeper and more difficult terrain and I still wasn't falling down but my bicycle tire was spinning much faster than I was moving and the front tire kept shifting in the snow. It times like that that I enjoy while I'm out. Just like in September when I was on a ride and I passed a rattle snake on the side of the trail.

Moutain biking I find keeps me connected to the earth and not floating away in the stratosphere. I know that might not sound like a problem but for me it is. In short I sort of have a relationship with the mountains in Logan. The moutains seem to give me more than I give them. Last I checked I only wear down the trails which cause erosion. Perhaps I shouldn't have a relationship with the moutains near Logan.

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If I didn't ride so much I wouldn't have to spend so much on the bicycle. I've literally worn out nearly every part on the bike. I could have bought a lot of computer parts for as much as I spend on the bicycle. I could have also bought a diamond ring!

Millville Canyon in May

July 26th, 2010
Millville Canyon in May

I went on a bike ride up Millville Canyon in May. I thought that the road was easier that it really was. Once I got above the creek that is in the video the road was just steep. I'd driven the road before in the Bronco II and road it on the motorcycle, but I was thinking that it wasn't really that bad since the forest service had re-graded the road. Well it was very steep the whole way and a lot of work. I felt like I was riding up Old Main hill for over an hour the road was so steep. I made it to the top and was only able to go as high as I did because the road is on the south slope. The north slope was completely covered in snow.


Leatham Hollow Trailhead
Well this is the the trail head picture for Leatham Hollow. The trail was completely covered in snow on the upper portion when I looked over at it. So there was no point in even attempting that path.


north slope
Covered in snow as you can see. The snow line is goes well below from where I am at. The road wasn't even the driest either and so I was fortunate to get to the top of the canyon.

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Spring Hollow - Dry Canyon loop

July 26th, 2010
Spring Hollow - Dry Canyon loop

This is a six hour bike ride that takes extreme physical conditioning. You'll need to be very fit to do this ride. However once you get up on the mountain and are about seven thousand feet high then the area just becomes beautiful. So this ride all depends on how much work your willing to do to enjoy the view. Riding along the north side of the Logan Peak ridge is quite breath taking. The ride also takes you just above the cliffs in Mill Hollow. I did this ride on July 17, 2010. The offical recorded high for the day was 94 degrees, and the length from my apartment is 24.62 miles.

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Dry Canyon in the Winter

January 26th, 2010
Dry Canyon in the Winter

I went on a bike ride up Logan Dry Canyon in January and I made a short little video. The video was recorded on one of the days when there was an inversion in the valley. I'd been up to the gate in the canyon on my bicycle before and been able to get out of the smog before and bask in the warmth of the sun. This was not the case on this day seeing as how the fog was still higher up on the mountain. However I thought the fog looked cool!


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