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Old 08-04-13, 12:20 AM   #1
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An Almost Beautiful Day on GMR

A beautiful day on GMR! One of the nicest ever IMO. Not hot, sunny but a cool breeze made for some nice climbing. Gina did much better this week than last week and I was happy I didn't get my face chewed up by the bees again ha ha! At the start of the ride I saw Jason of BicycleFriends.com (blog) roll by with a shout out. Another dude, I believe from Adobo Velo rolled by and said "hey, you're the dude with the GoPro". I guess he recognized me from last week. But today wow, what a nice day and not very many riders on the road. But once again, the riders that were there all had something encouraging to shout as usual.

We ran into Lesper4 at the shack. He was on another one of his long climbing rides. Had a brief chat and rundown of his recent rides then off we went. Didn't spend much time hanging out as we had plans to meet the family for lunch. On the way down was nice and easy and NO BEES!

I have to say I am pretty disappointed with the behavior of a couple of vehicles up there. On the way up we saw some MTB dude getting off the dirt trail in a switchback about 2 mile up (?). He had what seemed to be his mother and father with him. as we rolled by I shouted hello to his Pops. All as cool till Gina and I were another couple miles up. I hear a truck coming form behind and next thing I know this orange truck is buzzing me. I look ahead as Gina is about 40 yards ahead and yeah, this asshat buzzes her too! We stop at he flat section at the 4 mile point and she asks, "did you see that guy buzz me?". Yeah, what a dumbass! Of course the point where he buzzed us was on the straight section and the dude had plenty of room to inch over a foot or two, maybe three! OK, so we are stopped on the side of the road taking a breather when another truck rolls by, well flies by! A big 4X4 grey truck. We're standing on the white line and he has both lanes and a clear view to pass safely. So he revs up his engine and steps on the gas. He's heading directly toward us as if he wants to play chicken. I just glared into his windshield even though I could not clearly see the driver. If you want to "F" around and hit me, you better freakin' kill me!

So the ass hat redirects his truck as he gets closer. Yeah, that's what I thought! So anyway, this ass hat also has a couple of MTB bikes in the back of his truck too. I don't understand this. Very few drivers today and only a handful of crotch rockets. Honestly I never have problems with them but often read about other that do. So other riders are worried about getting killed by drivers but the only ass hats I have to worry about are carrying bikes in the back of their trucks, amazing!

So at the end of our ride I see the guy in the grey truck pull up. As we're loading bikes up, he's looking over our direction. Not sure if he's looking at me or looking for his descending riders to arrive. I look at the guy and he's an older mature "looking" guy. I can't say that he's mature the way this ass hat was driving. I'm tempted to go tell the guy what an ass hat he is but Gina says don't bother. Yeah you are right.

But alter as I get home and watch the video, I remember last weekend on GMR, I saw the same truck hauling ass up the mountain with bikes in the back. Big 4X4 tires screeching around the turns. I remember thinking this idiot is going to flip his truck. I thought it was a young stupid guy driving but today I realized and old stupid guy driving.

Man, I sure hope these ass hats realize what kind of dipsticks they are before they end up killing a few riders on GMR, pretty sad, riders killed by other riders who should have some kind of idea!

Anyway, I posted pictures of the trucks. If you see them, GTF outta the way, your life may depend on it!





Gina heading up the road





A little sweaty rest at Newman's point





Lesper4 on a long ride





The orange truck. I couldn't make out the driver
so I don't know if it was the old man or the young dude.





The grey truck with the supposedly mature dude driving

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Old 08-04-13, 12:40 AM   #2
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BTW, Strava put me at 59.7 max speed!

Garmin Connect got it right at about 42 but not no 59.7
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Old 08-04-13, 01:17 AM   #3
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That grey truck gave me a close buzz as I was ascending as well. They have the whole road and they don't even move over an inch. I was able to talk to Tinker Warez at the Village as he got a quick fill up. It was business for him, up the ridge to the lifts and back down (in some insane speed).
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I saw that orange truck today, they got a bit close to me, not quite buzzing me but it did make me situp and take notice.
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Those guys need to be reported, especially since it a common occurrence with multiple cyclists. It is only a matter of time before someone gets hit.
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Were you folks rolling toward Encanto park on the San Gabriel path around 3:30? I was heading up East Fork to GMR, had a weird encounter with a cop-looking car (black, box looking, dual searchlights on the doors) full of homies.
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If there were mountain bikes in the back maybe you should post your photos on STR. Somebody will know the truck.
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During tons of riding over several years in the GMR/39 area, I've never had a problem with MTBers or the 4X4 crowd. There's jerks in every group, unfortunately.

That orange '60's Chevy reminds me too much of the last scene in "Easy Rider."
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If there were mountain bikes in the back maybe you should post your photos on STR. Somebody will know the truck.
I will maybe tomorrow, got plans tonight.
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Were you folks rolling toward Encanto park on the San Gabriel path around 3:30? I was heading up East Fork to GMR, had a weird encounter with a cop-looking car (black, box looking, dual searchlights on the doors) full of homies.
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During tons of riding over several years in the GMR/39 area, I've never had a problem with MTBers or the 4X4 crowd. There's jerks in every group, unfortunately.
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True! I got another for later, dog walkers.
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If there were mountain bikes in the back maybe you should post your photos on STR. Somebody will know the truck.
Posted in general discussion. I'm curious to see if anyone threatens to kick my ass!

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Nice support JMX! Wish more guys had the guts to back up legit claims!
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Wow, with such a big first post I am surprised you did not get more arguments but it has been pretty tame. I gave my .05 worth. I actually saw those guys at the bottom in the dirt parking lot and one was looing at me but I didn't think much of it.
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The grey truck cannot even ride in his lane when you took the photo, past the white lines.
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Wow, with such a big first post I am surprised you did not get more arguments but it has been pretty tame. I gave my .05 worth. I actually saw those guys at the bottom in the dirt parking lot and one was looing at me but I didn't think much of it.
Hey, I got 88 posts!

But I have met some of the riders and know a few, cool guys! Thanks for the supporting comments!
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The grey truck cannot even ride in his lane when you took the photo, past the white lines.
As much as I would like to agree and call the guy bad names on this one, he was pulling over and into the dirt lot to park.
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Thanks for being honest.
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Thanks for being honest.
Ah screw it, I called him a few bad names anyway
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Sounds like the driver wasn't a mtb himself, just someone paid/drafted/volunteered to be the driver. In my limited roadie experience, the drivers on GMR are usually pretty considerate, much better than the ones on Azusa Canyon 39. Glad you got away without any injury.
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