Biking Vegas

Page 1 2008/12/28 – Departure – Arrival
Page 2 2008/12/29 – Cottonwood Trails
Page 3 2008/12/30 – Bootleg Canyon
Page 4 2008/12/31 – Bootleg Canyon New Years Eve
Page 5 2009/01/01 – Tucson Titan Missile
Page 6 2009/01/02 – Tucson PIMA & Fantasy Island
Page 7 2009/01/03 – Tucson 50 Year Trail
Page 8 2009/01/04 & 05 – Phoenix
Page 9 2009/01/06 – Sedona
Page 10 2009/01/07 – Sedona Day 2
Page 11 2009/01/08 – Back in Vegas, Bootleg Canyon day 3
Page 12 2009/01/09 – Departing Vegas, Departing Thoughts

2009-01-07 Sedona Day 2

Well we woke up and had a pretty crappy continental breakfast at the Quality Inn we stayed at in Flagstaff and hopped into the car and drove back down to Sedona.

Miraculously we got a somewhat early start and got on our way through the beautiful scenery of Sedona.

Our voyage:

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7414864

We started out in the same parking lot as yesterday and headed north to a different trail network. One of the clearings:

I had my D80 with me this time, it was worth the risk and the weight to capture pictures of Sedona. Up to this point I was carrying a borrowed Canon Elph point and shoot while biking. My d80 is very big, very heavy and pretty expensive. But it does net me much better pictures.

Holy crap another picture of me!

We peddled along enjoying the really cool trails and views

Here’s a picture worth lugging the D80 around for

Steve:

Steve had one of those slow motion tip over falls. For an awkwardly long time we couldn’t figure out why his back wheel wouldn’t spin correctly. We thought the hub locked up or something, but it turned out that the quick release actually just folded further in and went into the brake rotor. Haha easy fix.

After this the trails got increasingly more difficult, muddy and technical in spots.

On the backside of the mountain I had a moment I’ll never forget. We came around a crest to find this INSANE cliff/view over a valley. There were a few people sitting there enjoying the view and I have no idea why but I decided to ride down the rock staircase that runs along this cliff, into a 180deg turn that went down further into the valley. Had I screwed up I would have went right down this cliff but the excitement and view was worth it. Somehow I didn’t die and made it all the way to the bottom. Really inspiring minute of riding. I didn’t take any pictures, I wonder if I can find any online of the lookout.

About a minute later while riding next to the river at the bottom Steve took a really bad fall down a couple of boulder stairs. He hurt pretty bad so we took the easiest way out that I could find and called it a day. We wound up cutting through some brush, a backyard and a gold course. Ha.

We packed up and headed back to Vegas for the night. It was about a 4.5 hour drive, kinda sucky but whatever.

We checked into the hotel, Boulder Station I think It’s called and found out that they had a Mexican restaurant inside. We had a simple dinner there and walked the strip for a few hours, then went to bed.

Crappy cell phone pic of dinner:

7 thoughts on “Biking Vegas

  1. Hey Mike, doing good. I’m still out here, in Tucson now, getting ready to ad another page to this entry :)

  2. Luke and Steve,

    I’ll try to find out my relative own restaurant in las vegas, dont worry hes a 4 star chef … chef Lani peace be safe guys
    P.s. man i want to ride my bike now cant ice and snow still on ground weather here stinks

  3. You literally rode right by my Aunt and Uncle’s place. They live on the south side of South Mountain. I’ve hiked up that trail to that old gazebo up on the hill several times in the past year. Extremely steep stuff!

  4. You sissies, that cactus was just trying to be your friend. Next time pack some needlenose pliers and don’t try to pull them out with your hand or you will end up with 2 hands full of cactus. :)

    Thanks for calling when you were in town!! :-(

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