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Old 04-21-12, 05:37 PM   #1
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GMR/Peacock Saddle (4/21)

26 miles 3000 ft. Today was a day I figured I might try the village. Not sure but as mentioned before, I'm just trying to get back into some kind of riding form. So Aimee volunteered to ride with me. Hmm, I think she's enjoys "chicking "me on the bike. We meet at the dirt lot at 8 am, not too hot, warm but a nice day. As we are suiting up GMR and hubby Mr. Bill ride by. They're hitting the village too. I figure I "might " catch them on the way, boy was I wrong. I did see Mr. Bill at the Newman's Point talking with Matt but by the time I reached the shack, GMR was long gone.


Just as we were starting our ride, Matt rolled up so we rode together for a while. He was nice and hung back with me while that darn Aimee just rode away.....AGAIN! Aimee is a good climber so I figured she might catch GMR. Well I;m not sure what GMR had for breakfast but she was gone and Aimee never caught her either. Man, I got 'chicked" twice today ha ha!


Matt rode with me for a while so we had a chance to talk. Guy is cool and always has something nice to say. Nice to know that other people think the same way when it comes to riding. He's been up there for 15 years so it was nice to hear his GMR input. Then we go into the "every ride is not a race" subject. I'm cool with that, always a good topic . But then he dropped me ha ha! Just all fun IMO.


So Aimee waits at the shack for me, I'm guessing about 15 minutes.. Yeah, she took it easy just in case we head to the village. I ask if she's OK to hit the village, she says she's fine but will turn around whenever I decide. OK, it's warm, my legs are toasty so Peacock Saddle sounds fine to me for now. She agrees so we head off. At the saddle we watch a few riders go by, FLYING BY! I'm not sure what got into the GMR riders but these day, seems every single one of them is a monster climber, they are whizzing by!


Speaking of "whizzers", JMX rides up and stops for a chat. So we do the bike chat for a bit checking out his new ride, sweet machine! I tell Aimee about his monster rides and such then we head back down the mountain. I think JMX was going easy today, only 7 or 8 thousand feet of climbing ha ha ha!


So now we are ready to head back but my Garmin battery gives me the low signal! Stupid thing, says 98-99 % every time I see it so I run it without charging it just to test the reading. I started at 63% and the thing dies after 16 climbing miles. OK, I got it figured out now, like a gas tank. Full takes for ever but once you hit half mark, the juice pretty much evaporates ha ha!

I have to add, when Amiee and I were stopped to rest on a wall, several riders rolled by asking if we were ok. She said everybody was so nice up here. Yes they are so I asked her if she noticed a difference in rider attitude on GMR vs other places. She said, "oh yeah."


2 lesson learned today. 1) Charge Garmin before GMR rides. Lesson 2) Even when Aimee says she's feeling a little slower while feeling the heat,, she's still going to kick my arse on the climb ha ha!


Pics- Aimee- Matt in the LiveStrong jersey- JMX with the red trim and sweet Specialized.







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Old 04-21-12, 06:48 PM   #2
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Looks like it was a nice day up there. Good of Aimee to take it easy on you. LOL
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Looks like it was a nice day up there. Good of Aimee to take it easy on you. LOL
Yeah, nice day, only saw 3 motorcycles too!
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Looks like Aimee at least has a standard crank and you've mentioned you did GMR with a 53x39 crank. Ouch, I don't know how you guys do all that climbing without a lower granny gear.
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Hey Mr. Beanz!
I'd like to join you, sometime after I can ride up my street without struggling! Until then, I'll just keep chugging along down here!
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Jeez, after seeing your pic of me my bike looks tiny - or I'm a giant.

Always fun to run across you Beanz. Sure was a lot of cyclists out there with the Team In Training group and a local Tri group training for the wildflower half ironman on May 5th. I must have said 'howdy' or 'good morning' at least 70 times going up GMR.
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Looks like Aimee at least has a standard crank and you've mentioned you did GMR with a 53x39 crank. Ouch, I don't know how you guys do all that climbing without a lower granny gear.
I have both, double and triple. The bike I was riding this day is a triple. But after riding both, I really don't notice a difference unless grades get real steep like 14+.
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Hey Mr. Beanz!
I'd like to join you, sometime after I can ride up my street without struggling! Until then, I'll just keep chugging along down here!
Oh man you can do it! I dont know how many rides have been totally stressed about the ride then ready for more after the first time. It's just relaxing and doing your pace no matter how fast or slow. I once ran acorss an 80 yo man and woman that climbed to the shack. Took them a while but they were both happy as heck.

I have taken up many first timers on GMR. Only 1 out of 20'sh has not returned. I won't mention names ~cough~Jed19 ~cough-cough~

But I must say he did VERY well!
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Jeez, after seeing your pic of me my bike looks tiny - or I'm a giant..
Nah! It's the pose you struck that gives a funny view. I had two pics to chose from, this was the better of the two. Next time stand up straight and stick out your chest!
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It's funny that I've been riding GMR all these years; and am still learning the "place names." Where's Peacock Saddle?
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It's funny that I've been riding GMR all these years; and am still learning the "place names." Where's Peacock Saddle?

I was told by Hillbasher that this place goes by Peacock Saddle . However Ray Clone lives in Baldy Village told me there is a technical name for the saddle but I don't recall the name he mentioned. Both guys know the mountains well so I don't argue.

Anyway PS is about 13 miles from the gate of GMR (5 beyond the fork).

It is the lower section of the last(?) big drop before you start climbing up to the rock wall turnout which is 5 miles before you hit Cow Cyn Saddle (before you descend to village).



PeacockSaddle by mrbeanz1, on Flickr

Heading to the village, this wall would be on your right side at the bottom of the 1/2 mile downhill.



However where Aimee and I stopped is right before we descend. There is shade in this area and a small wall. From here we look directly down on East Fork. Plus a cool view of a tunnel that is up on Shoemaker Rd (road below).






Looking down on Shoemaker...see the tunnel in the center of the pic?


I show the area at 2:40 into the video. We stopped right before the big drop to Peacock. Good observation point. Gina and Tom's first time to the village

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I was told by Hillbasher that this place goes by Peacock Saddle . However Ray Clone lives in Baldy Village told me there is a technical name for the saddle but I don't recall the name he mentioned. Both guys know the mountains well so I don't argue.
Not sure what Ray called it, but there it is on the "Official" USGS topo map. Next time you see GMR, ask her if it goes by some other name other than Peacock, but she is the first one I ever heard refer to it as that, and I assume this map is where she got it from.
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Ahh, now that you post that image, I think he may have used "Hummingbird". I remember something of the sort thinking it was funny as the two were related in some way.
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