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Old 02-08-10, 08:21 PM
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GMR/Baldy Village

Feb. 8, 2010 GMR-Baldy Village 012.jpg(Click on pic) JustMe and Mr. Beanz below the Cal Trans shed on the way out to Baldy Village.

Great day for a ride. Started out warm and got cooler the higher we went. Ran into snow on the sides of the road at elevation 4280. The peaks were hidden a good part of the ride by clouds, but good views were still available. Ride kicked my ass but Mr. Beanz and JustMe cruised it.

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Old 02-08-10, 10:59 PM
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Hey, nic pics HB! These are from your camera. Cruised it, suuuuure! I was tired, I think it's the old age!

Me an JustMe

Hey, I like your camera, put me ahead of JustMe haha!


A chilly JustMe

Hooking up the HB cam

How many monkeys does it take?
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I have the video but Youtube is working on the site or sumthin' Loaded but waiting for them to get straight.

Stills from the video.







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Old 02-08-10, 11:52 PM
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Great pictures!! today I was just asking my wife if she thought GRM had any snow.

I really need to get back up there.
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Great pictures!! today I was just asking my wife if she thought GRM had any snow. I really need to get back up there.
You should ride with us, we have a good time and the guys wait for me! A litle snow on the side but not much, it's in the video !

The video!.......


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Very nice... great video. Tell me this (maybe again, I think I asked a similar question before): what kind of mileage were you doing on SART, etc., when you decided it was time to do these mountain roads? To me, that road seems completely out of reach at the moment.
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BTW, Beanz, if you're taking requests, some favorites... how do you think they would do as soundtracks?

Run by Pink Floyd; Rocky Mountain Way, by Joe Walsh; Even Flow, by Pearl Jam; many Led Zeppelin songs, blah blah blah.
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead
Very nice... great video. Tell me this (maybe again, I think I asked a similar question before): what kind of mileage were you doing on SART, etc., when you decided it was time to do these mountain roads? To me, that road seems completely out of reach at the moment.
You can do it Man! I will personally escort you up! I will wear my camelback, carry your ham sangwich, your Kool Aid, It aint out of reach, Gina made it up to the 16 mile point but ti was 100 degrees. She's been up to the shack about 8 times. Hillbasher and I were talking and laughing the other day thinking aobut how many people think this ride is undoable. Heck, I can't even talk Eyemage into riding it and he's a hardcore climbing MTB fool! IT's well within your reach! It is not all that hard at all. Thing that makes it tough is trying to go too fast.

I think the effort is about that of a 60 miler on the trail for the 42. But it depends on how fast you want to go. Again, I will ride WITH YOU! Ask Hillbasher what a really sweet encouraging kind soul I really am, regardless what these people say about me.
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead
BTW, Beanz, if you're taking requests, some favorites... how do you think they would do as soundtracks?

Run by Pink Floyd; Rocky Mountain Way, by Joe Walsh; Even Flow, by Pearl Jam; many Led Zeppelin songs, blah blah blah.
I'm going off my CD collection. Never been a big fan of Pink FLoyd, don't have Joe Walsh or Led Zepplin. I do have Pearl Jam though but I do usually try to fit the music to the ride. I'll try to get it in if I can. Maybe if we do a GMR ride!

I have a couple Eagles greatest CD's.

How about Disco? I was thinking of some Disco Inferno!
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Great video, great soundtrack. (Were any of you riding Steel Horses?)
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Great video, great soundtrack. (Were any of you riding Steel Horses?)
There's always one in the crowd! I was thinking that somebody would ask the Q!....My bike is partial aluminum, but no alumium horse songs in my collection.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
Thing that makes it tough is trying to go too fast.
How fast is too fast?

You're saying that someone with the stamina to do 60 miles on SART could ride up GMR?

One of the guys I ride with occasionally has done GMR, and he's a stronger rider than I am, by a long shot. What I took away from the conversation was that GMR is a fairly challenging ride. I appreciate your offer, and I hope I can take you up on it before the warm weather sets in.

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The grade is not bad on GMR. Just keep it slow and steady and you'll be fine. If you can ride 60 miles on SART, you can ride GMR.
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And, of course, you can always continue on and do GRR. And the village to the lifts. The last 4 mile stretch of that is fun
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead
How fast is too fast?

You're saying that someone with the stamina to do 60 miles on SART could ride up GMR?.
Yup, you can do GMR if you can do 60 on SART!

By too fast mean outdoing yourself, not actual speed in MPH. Take your time, pace yourself and you will make it. Don't make it a race, that would be trying to go too fast.
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Remember, GMR is only a little over 8 miles to the top.Do that as a first time. Or get the top and drop down to the East Fork and make the loop down 39. GMR/GRR/Baldy Village is over 20 one way. Longer and harder, but worth every ounce of effort it takes. Go as far as you can/like and turn around when you get tired. I am a mid 50's, out of shape, old fart, and if I can make it, anyone can. Nothing wrong not making it on ones first try either. It will always be there again for another try. The Mayor (Mr. Beanz) makes an excellant guide I might add. And a little side benefit, he puts you in the videos.

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The Mayor (Mr. Beanz) makes an excellant guide I might add. And a little side benefit, he puts you in the videos.
You forgot to say that I am kind and sweet!
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Ask Hillbasher what a really sweet encouraging kind soul I really am, regardless what these people say about me.
I don't really think I am the person to ask. He rides my ass into the ground on every ride.
LOL In reality, he is a great person to ride with. Just don't let him tell you it stops hurting after a hundred yards.
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You forgot to say that I am kind and sweet!
Nooo, I didn't forget. I still think you were in the Marines at one time.

P. S. Great job on the video and choice of soundtrack.
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I don't really think I am the person to ask. He rides my ass into the ground on every ride.
LOL In reality, he is a great person to ride with. Just don't let him tell you it stops hurting after a hundred yards.
Hey man, I tried to save the climb back up from the village. It was JustMe trying to punish you for getting him out there in the cold!...really, pain didn't go away after 100 yards!
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That's right; blame me for it all. It's all my fault. Hey, the reward for your pain is the trip back down.



Good day though. Looks like those clouds hanging over the mountain were serious.
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Pretty cool vid JM!...I like the zooming intro, gimme ideas!. Watch that Hillbasher Dude, he looks a little out fo control! He almost lost in in the the hilltop sprint finish!
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I wasn't " out of control", I was having a seizure, maybe a heart attack. I was tired.
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I wasn't " out of control", I was having a seizure, maybe a heart attack. I was tired.
That smile on your face was an involuntary bodily defense mechanism?
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When are you going again? I have Sundays and Mondays off. I'll start with you but I know by the gate you'll be out of sight. I've only riden once, 26 miles, since Thanksgiving. I've been drinking too much beer and just being lazy. Hopefully I 'll get my lazy butt out of bed tomorrow and ride to work. Maybe, that will kick start me.
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