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Old 07-04-12, 02:59 PM   #1
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GMR 4th of July Spectacular (road closed he he!) Ride report

Wowee Kazowee! I guess the spelling ain't correct according to spell check ha ha! But dang there were a ton of riders on GMR. A huge group met at the gate, maybe 100-200 riders. I ran into FryDaddy and Ridindirtee. JimmyNH before the gate and all over GMR, saw Big John ride by too. Quickly ran into Smogsteve, first time meeting. Again later in the ride and a third time. Ended up riding with him for a while too. Aimee, Tony and myself rode up to Peacock Saddle after a visit at the shack with GMR, Bill, Mat and a few others. I did see Psalm on the climb, another Clyde member climbing GMR on this fortunate day.

On the return I saw a pair of 50Plus jerseys resting at the shack. I shouted to Tony and Aimee that I was stopping fora minute. They just ditched my arse so I stayed for a pretty long time visiting with forum members Volosong somewhat local and all the way from Nebraska member Billydonn. Pretty cool deal the way Volosong chose his handle. as we had a few words, along comes JimmyNH. Crazy Jimmy always insisting on shooting a few pics ha ha!

As I was chatting with the boys a rider flew by and shouted, "Beanz, you're my hero!". Later when I finally realized who it was, I saw that he had a recorder on his bike, maybe he said, " Beanz, wave to my Hero (go pro) ha ha!

I figured he had a minute or two on me before I headed down so maybe I could catch up. So I flew down the hill with high hopes. Passed a few riders but none had the light colored bike that I figured he was riding. So finally I catch a dude with a light colored bike. He looks back at me then pics it up a bit. So I step on the gas figuring it could be the guy. I shoot some video then later roll by the guy and ask if he is a forum member but he says no. At the the bottom I explain why I was recording him,he just laughed and said he couldn't figure out why I was shooting him ha ha! Oops!

So a couple minutes later another dude on a Linskey rides up from behind us at the gate. Then he introduces himself as Drydenfire. Oh dude, I feel so stupid ha ha! He chats for a very short bit then rides off. I guess he and his buds had pulled over to the side of the road somewhere along the way and I just rolled right on by them ha ha!

Well I did the ride today with Tony. I had tried to talk him up many times over the years with no luck. But a new bike, a closed road, he couldn't resist this time. He did very well and like so many others, I'm sure he's wondering why he hesitated. Aimee was also along for the ride. She had a 6 week period off the bike, 3 week traveling the world vacation but wasn't feeling well the last few days. When I sent the invite last night she said maybe since she wasn't all that well. But of course, the Beanz charm is talking riders up GMR again and again ha ha! I told her that we would ride easy, sort of a recuperation ride. So she agreed knowing it would do her good. Well we started easy and she stuck to the plan for quite some time. Wow, that is good for the discipline aspect of cycling. But later yeah, she must have been feeling good. By Newman's point, the ride had done it's job. She was feeling better and once again punishing me on the climb. Well I have to say that she usually crushes me on the climb but this time holding back in recup, she was only punishing me ha ha! Tony did complain about his legs after 2 miles up. But like I always say, that is the toughest part so once we were beyond 3 o 4, he was finding his groove. By the time we were near Peacock Saddle I was happy that we were at the end of the "Out" portion of our trip. Any further and I would have more than likely lost contact with the two!


First of 2 videos, met alot of people today!


















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Old 07-04-12, 04:09 PM   #2
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Hm your Strava says 8am ish, I must have seen you somewhere on the way down. Just hard to differentiate amongst the 300+ people I saw on the way down. Great ride Beanz, PR for you gate-> Shack
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Old 07-04-12, 04:50 PM   #3
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Hm your Strava says 8am ish, I must have seen you somewhere on the way down. Just hard to differentiate amongst the 300+ people I saw on the way down. Great ride Beanz, PR for you gate-> Shack
Thanks! I saw a few guys that I thought might be you but couldn't go yelling "INDOMIKEY" to them all!

PR still sucks but it's a start to get back where I was before. I used the recorder, took pics, talked and still got a PR so I could have done a little better but still a long way to go back to my best.
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Jealous of all you guys out there today!

I'm stuck to naptime rides on the SART for the foreseeable future. It kills me that there's a closed off GMR just 20 minutes away.
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It was an honor to finally meet you, Mr. Beanz. After I got to the village, I decided to not attempt the ski lifts due to heavy car and motorcycle traffic. It was a zoo compared to GMR/GRR.
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I was riding in the area too! Went up 39, East fork and GRR to Mt. Baldy village. Then went up to the ski lifts. TONS of people out today! Riding without traffic was nice!
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It was an honor to finally meet you, Mr. Beanz.
Likewise! And I love the way you chose your handle "volosong"!




2nd video, ride music vid



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Clyde member Psalm was up there too!


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Old 07-05-12, 11:40 AM   #8
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Nice report and video as always Mr. It was good to see you and your riding buddies. It was a pleasure to meet SmogSteve. This guy is amazing - riding GMR only 9 months after heart surgery.
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It was a very nice morning for a ride. It never got hot, a little chilly even on the way down. Not like last year, it hit over 90 before noon.
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A bit too humid for me -- I was sweating like a pig on the way up. I enjoyed the ride though and was stunned at how many people were on the mountain. It was great seeing so many people enjoy GMR!
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Thanks Jimmy. Yup, sooooo many people, it would have been tough to identify anyone from the crowd.
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A picture from Billydonn's camera. I believe JimmyNH took the pic!

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Sounds like another great day on the mountain. I was camping with the family, otherwise I would have come up with a great excuse why I couldn't be there!

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So a couple minutes later another dude on a Linskey rides up from behind us at the gate. Then he introduces himself as Drydenfire.
Wait. Drydenfire rides a Lynskey and lives in Valencia? That's it. I'm going to have to sell mine. This town ain't big enough for the both of us! Actually, I think I've passed him before. There really can't be THAT many Lynskey's in our little community. Now I know to keep my eyes open!
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Sounds like another great day on the mountain. I was camping with the family, otherwise I would have come up with a great excuse why I couldn't be there!
Ha ha ha! Hey, when you go, all my buds will either stay home or go up the road without me. I'm riding with you when you conquer GMR!
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GMR 4th of July Spectacular (road closed he he!) Ride report

I'm gonna try some local hills with current 12-25. If I'm not comfortable with that, I'm going 12-28 and I'm in. I am really looking forward to the challenge...and the accomplishment.
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GMR= Great!

Beanz... you guys have a real treasure there in GMR. What a great road! Not too hard and not too easy... just right. I wouldn't do it every ride, but doing GMR every couple weeks would make me a stronger rider I'm sure. Everyone I met or even looked at seemed friendly and in a good mood, but maybe that was the holiday spirit. It would be really nice to go up there on a cooler day!

Anyway, it was great to meet you and Volosong and also Jim, Yen's husband. I don't know when, but I shall return!



PS... I've now been bumped from the top 1000 Strava descent times!

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