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Vicelord 08-14-11 11:29 AM

One Way Mountan Bikes Are More Fun Than Road
 
Went for a ride last night with a good friend who I haven't seen in some time and he only has a 10 year old Specialized HardRock so I decided to bust out my XC race bike and go exploring with him.

I ride road 95% of the time, and I love it because it's fast, it hurts, and it's a great way to really push my endurance and I like to see how much I can climb. That said, I see what is on the side of the road, but last night on the mountain bike, we went through some areas that I don't know if we were supposed to or not, but we found all sorts of things about our city that we didn't even know about. Lots of old artifacts and relics of the past, which was really cool.

I researched the things we rode by out of curiousity. Some of them I had heard about but didn't have a clue where they were, and some were a real surprise.

First curious thing we found was an abandoned amphitheater. This area was used back in the 80's and 90's to conduct desert survival clinics for children and curious adults. Apparently it hasn't been used in 15+ years but is still intact. Surely we would see something cooler than this:
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...mpitheater.png

Next, after riding through Papago Park, we found some hidden lakes at the end of a canal. This used to be the end of a HoHoKam Indian canal, and they had a lake here that held irrigation water for farms in the area. Since their canal system was almost 100% copied, the current lake and dam still exist today. Phoenix has a really neat history with irrigation canals, which you can read about here if you'd like: http://www.waterhistory.org/histories/hohokam2/

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...hyena/Lake.png

A few miles later, in the bottom right corner of the screen, you can make out a stable that's been abandoned for years. We peerd into it and there wasnt enough to make use want to further investigate, but it was definitely cool to see something that could be left over from Phoenix's old cowboy days. The riparian area was a nice surprise too!

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...ena/Stable.png

Then just about 100 yards later, we stumbled upon this building. I'm not sure what it is, but it definitely looked creaky and like it had been there for at least 100 years. I'm pretty well educated in Arizona's ghost towns, and most of the ones I've been to are at least 150 years old. This one was in much better condition than the ruins that they usually are, so I'm guessing early 1900's but might have been used much longer.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...ena/Office.png

Then, riding home, already done with our adventure, we saw from across the canal (you can ride the canal banks all over the city) the original HoHoKam Indian townsite, settled in 450 AD. WOW! It's a well known site in the archeological world, but I'd never seen it. We peered for a few minutes until a 747 flew over our heads, ready to land on the runway just 1/4 mile to the west of where we were standing. That scared the crap out of us, and we guess that's why the indians moved out. They hated the noise from the jets.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...na/HoHoKam.png

All in all, I had a blast exploring my city, and I plan to do it again. There are lots of really neat places and now I'm spending time researching more weird places with historic significance I can see by bike. If you haven't explored your city in an off road fashion, I highly recommend you do so and see what you find out about your home.

ahsposo 08-14-11 02:35 PM

Pretty cool.

You sure don't see stuff like that on a road bike.

I haven't used a mountain bike for a LONG time. Mine got stolen and I just never replaced it. My career was changing at the time and riding the off road bike always meant putting it on the car and going out of town to ride. Just too time consuming so I ran and used my road bike for exercise. Sounds like Phoenix is a great town for a fat-tired bike.

Vicelord 08-14-11 02:49 PM

a great town for that it is... we just rode from the house. Three different mountain preserves I can get to within 10 miles, and two of those have hundreds of miles of trail. The one we went to last night, Papago Park, is very small and doesn't even have any real trails, it's really just a big patchwork of trails put together.

ahsposo 08-14-11 05:27 PM

I do like a ride that starts from and ends at my garage.

I stayed in Phoenix about this time of year a few years ago and remember thinking how I would I adapt to the low humidity and the higher heat. I guess you do what you have to do.

One thing I would do out there is carry a lot more water.

Vicelord 08-14-11 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by ahsposo (Post 13082752)
I do like a ride that starts from and ends at my garage.

I stayed in Phoenix about this time of year a few years ago and remember thinking how I would I adapt to the low humidity and the higher heat. I guess you do what you have to do.

One thing I would do out there is carry a lot more water.

I go through about one 24oz bottle every 45 minutes or so.

ahsposo 08-14-11 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Vicelord (Post 13082812)
I go through about one 24oz bottle every 45 minutes or so.

That's about what I do here in the swampy Lowcountry but the humidity keeps the sweat in my eyes to remind me to drink.

In your patch I'd rub my face and feel this grit and think "Oh, wow! effin salt!" I guess what I mean is 108' there is more comfortable to me than 95' here. It would take some re-education or I'd be dieing suddenly.

ahsposo 08-14-11 05:55 PM

You ever get a chance to ride around Flagstaff? That's on my bucketlist.

Or the North Rim. Nice...

Vicelord 08-14-11 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by ahsposo (Post 13082871)
You ever get a chance to ride around Flagstaff? That's on my bucketlist.

Or the North Rim. Nice...

Yes and yes. Schultz creek trail in flagstaff is essentially heaven for mt bikers.

StephenH 08-14-11 07:10 PM

I read your title and was wondering what a "One Way Mountain Bike" was. I was envisioning the rides where they drive you to the top of the mounain and you coast down!

Sounds like some neat areas, all right.

I don't know about your specific area, but there are places out west where the Bureau of Land Reclamation owns lots of land that is more or less unused. You might check into that, and if that is BLM land or other public land, it may be just fine to be there, and would save you from a possible trespassing issue.

ahsposo 08-14-11 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Vicelord (Post 13082893)
Yes and yes. Schultz creek trail in flagstaff is essentially heaven for mt bikers.

Actually I was thinking road but, ya know, maybe I need to rethink what I want out there...

Vicelord 08-14-11 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by StephenH (Post 13083237)

I don't know about your specific area, but there are places out west where the Bureau of Land Reclamation owns lots of land that is more or less unused. You might check into that, and if that is BLM land or other public land, it may be just fine to be there, and would save you from a possible trespassing issue.

I used to be a die hard Jeeper. I'd go on 3-5 day excursions searching for lost relics from history. You'd be amazed at what you stumble upon when you're 100 miles from pavement in the nastiest of mountains.


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