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Old 07-24-07, 07:18 PM   #1
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Nice Riding in Salt Lake.

I had the day off for Pioneer Day today, and after working all weekend, was really looking forward to a good ride today. I wasn't disappointed. Overcast. Perfect.
I left my house near 200 east and 2100 south and headed east up to Foothill, no route in mind, just a ride. Crossed over I-80 on that crazy bike path, and was soon at the mouth of Millcreek Canyon. I have never ridden there before and was pleasantly surprised. Steep, yes, but mostly shady and the higher I got up the canyon the more the traffic thinned until it was just cars with mountain bikes on racks. I'm no climber, and it was a lot of work, but I made it up there. Lots of friendly road conversations on the way, too. Bikes everywhere. And people of varying age groups all kind of grinding away together. It was like finding Bike Nirvana, even before the descent. A day like this is just so encouraging, I had to pass it on.



Just wondering about what fun routes you might recommend and any local ride stories.
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Old 07-24-07, 07:58 PM   #2
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My brother and I went up Farmington Canyon a while back. It's a pretty fun ride. It was much like today; cool, overcast, and a little wet. Just the way I like it. I don't remember the exact trail, but I believe it's listed on utahmountainbiking dot com

Isnt' Pioneer day great??? Bikes rule when cruising around the festivities. Came in handy while visiting downtown Spanish Fork's celebration.

Happy Pioneer day!
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Yeah, bikes are best on holidays. You avoid the traffic, look for the free breakfasts put on by the Lions' or Rotary Clubs. Awesome day.

Never ridden Farmington Canyon, but it will put it on my huge mountain biking list. I would mountain bike more if I could find a way to carry it on my roadie up to the trailhead. I hate driving when I could be biking is all it amounts to.

So you're in Spanish Fork? Ever ride the Nebo Loop? That's on my Roadie list. I bet Springville Canyon is uber nice too.
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Any of the canyons are nice. Emigration's kind of a pain right now because of the road construction. City Creek is good (odd numbered calendar days only for cyclists). A group of us went up Butterfield Canyon, in the SW part of the valley, last year. It's paved all the way to the top and was a lot of fun. Don't know what the road is like on the Tooele side.

There was a story going around last year about how Zabriskie was stopped at one of the construction red lights going up Emigration. Somebody pedaled up next to him, recognized him and before he could say, "Hey, you're Dave Zab...", Z pointed to his earbuds and yelled, "Can't hear. Music!" Then he was off like a shot.

Glad to hear you had a good ride yesterday, Aloyzius. Those are great days, aren't they?
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It seems like it had been a while since we had gone out riding, but yesterday was indeed perfect! We rode over to the parade and watched it for a while, and then at night we rode our bikes to Liberty Park to watch the fireworks! It was great! Now, we live downtown so neither of these rides were very long, but they sure were fun! Today, looks like a great day for riding too! The temperature is down a bit and its pretty comfortable out there!
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Yeah, too bad about the annoying afternoon rains though. The state is on fire, my lawn is a yellow brown hell, and there's no question we need it. I sure wish the rain and I could get our schedules straight though. I got soaked, thinking I could beat it home on monday.

Emigration is annoying with the traffic lights, but it's so worth it. I can't get enough of that one. That last climb to the summit is just bike nirvana. Phil Liggett is raving about my attack, and I feel famous, and all that crap as I pour on the meager energy I have left. Ignoring the rest of my group who have already passed me on their way DOWN!

I love City Creek, I'm just always afraid of hitting a dog. Can't people freaking read? And they're always in the water, which is the city water, which is the same water in my bottles. I just gag. But that's another rant. I wish they would enforce some things in that canyon.

I'm adding Butterfield Canyon to my list, and appreciate the heads up. I haven't heard anything about that one.

Where else do you guys ride? I can't do the Cottonwoods yet. Cuz....well I'll blame my gearing.
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So you're in Spanish Fork? Ever ride the Nebo Loop? That's on my Roadie list. I bet Springville Canyon is uber nice too.

Springville canyon (actually called Hobble Creek) is very beautiful. I used to work in the canyon and got to ride my Vespa up there every day. The road past the golf course is a little scary though, it's quite narrow and people speed like crazy (as fast as 50mph). I wasn't a very serious cyclist at the time so I only road by bike a few times because it was so hairy.

Nebo loop is fantastic. That and the alpine loop are my favorite rides in Utah county.
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Try Yellow Fork. Check with Utah Mountain biking for maps of this and other area trails.
http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/
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Yeah, too bad about the annoying afternoon rains though. The state is on fire, my lawn is a yellow brown hell, and there's no question we need it. I sure wish the rain and I could get our schedules straight though. I got soaked, thinking I could beat it home on monday.

Emigration is annoying with the traffic lights, but it's so worth it. I can't get enough of that one. That last climb to the summit is just bike nirvana. Phil Liggett is raving about my attack, and I feel famous, and all that crap as I pour on the meager energy I have left. Ignoring the rest of my group who have already passed me on their way DOWN!

I love City Creek, I'm just always afraid of hitting a dog. Can't people freaking read? And they're always in the water, which is the city water, which is the same water in my bottles. I just gag. But that's another rant. I wish they would enforce some things in that canyon.

I'm adding Butterfield Canyon to my list, and appreciate the heads up. I haven't heard anything about that one.

Where else do you guys ride? I can't do the Cottonwoods yet. Cuz....well I'll blame my gearing.


Emigration, up to the top of Big Mountain and back is one of my favorite training climbs now.

Last month I did a great long distance route if any of you are interested. From my home in Kaysville to SLC, up City Creek over to the U of U Hospital, over to Emigration, down and up again to Big Mountain, down to East Canyon, over to Morgan, Mt. Green, through the Canyon to hwy 89 and back to Kaysville.
107 miles total with 5400 ft of climbing according to GPS. Hardest ride of done yet. Saw a lot of cyclists out so it must be pretty popular.

If anyone wants to get together for a ride up Emigration and back or something, post up and lets do it. I'm not very fast up the hills but I'll get there.
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Not very fast on the hills?

But YOU CAN RIDE THAT??? Dude, that's insane. I would love to ride with you, But I would have to stop somewhere and take a nap in the middle. That sounds like an incredible ride, but I would need a sag wagon with a barbecue on the roof.
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