Good ride today, finally.
It's been a while since I've been able to ride. I've been riding around town on the road, but I haven't had a chance to actually get out on any trails in weeks.
So, earlier today I went to Annadel State Park, near Santa Rosa, California. I brought my GPS so I could play with some new software when I got home, You'll see stuff related to that in a bit.
Anyway, I took the fireroad up the the lake, and then singletrack up from the lake to the top of the park. I did 1800 feet of climbing, and I felt great about it. 1800 feet is a lot for me, but my legs didn't even feel worn out at the end. Then I dropped down about 3 or 4 miles of all-downhill singletrack. My hands actually got so tired from holding the brakes anbd absorbing the bumps that I lost my grip on the handlebars and crashed. That was the only crash of the day, though.
Here's a graph I made showing elevation changes from GPS data. It shows the whole ride in profile. Actually, not quite the whole ride... my GPS turned off when I crashed, so the elevation profile ends at my crash, there should be about 2 more miles of downhill at the end, as I drop back to my starting elevation.
And here's an image from google earth using the same GPS data, and showing my route on the mountain. This one has data all the way back down to the bottom, because I added the missing part myself with google earth.
Good ride, plus I get to excercise my techie-nerdy abilities
That's awesome! I didn't know google earth could do that, I should try and download it. But I don't have a GPS to use it with.. you can just enter coordinates and it makes a line?
Sorry, I didn't read the part about the actual ride, I saw a fancy looking graphic under it so I scrolled down. Looks like you went up some steep hills, lol
Yeah, in Google Earth you can jsut draw lines on the landscape if you want, you don't have to have a GPS, it jsut makes it easy to get your route in the computer when you don't have to draw it yourself.
Originally Posted by MadMan2k
That's way cool, dude!
That's cool... do you ride solo a lot?
I haven't been riding with my friends for the past months... only nice, flat, paved streets. So when I rode with them last week... I got my ass handed to me when they dropped me on every climb, one of them on a freeride bike. That climb you did will probably make me yak if I ever got on top... I need to get back in shape.
A few of my friends and I recently have gotten into biking in the past few months. Last week on the 4th six of us went to Annadel State Park, it was a blast! We are working our way into shape and I believe we took the fireroad up to Lake Ilsanjo and then back down to the main parking lot, in total it took a little over two hours. We all enjoyed the park and are returning tomorrow (12th) to try some of the farther trails, wish us luck
Try going all the way up to the top. Take the fire road to the lake, and keep going for another half a mile or so, until you get to Marsh trail. Turn left up marsh trail and will take you all the way to the top of the park. You can either take ridge trail to the back side of the park, or take South Burma and have 3 miles or so of downhill back to the fire road. If you take south burma, you can go down the fireroad a little bit toward the parking lot, and then take North Burma on your right for some more fun downhill. North Burma will take you all the way back to the bottom.
Originally Posted by Ka-Tu