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
2008-12-30 Biking Bootleg Canyon
Wow, what a different day. We got up, ate come cereal in the hotel room, got some half price show tickets on the strip, and headed off to go biking. This time we went to Bootleg Canyon, which is in Boulder City right next to the hoover dam.
Here’s our GPS breadcrumb map:
Upon arrival we found the trails to be rolling and highly used. Evidently we parked in the wrong area and weren’t aware of just how extensive of a park this was. Once we reached the normal parked area we were floored by how much cool stuff was around. They had built an entire mountain bike terrain park in the middle of the desert canyons. Tons and tons of obstacles, bridges, drops, jumps, BIG jumps, skinnies, everything.
We played around in that a bit but the main goal was to hit up the cross country trails. We started up the canyon and climbed and climbed and climbed.
10 minutes later, I broke my chain. Well really the quick link just popped out as I was mashing. Got it back together pretty easy.
5 minutes after that I destroyed my front tire. Cut a nice slice right smack in the middle of the tread.
Here is the offending rocks that did it.
Doesn’t look too bad coming at it, which would be why I smashed into it. Really jagged vertical rocks.
I ended up having to put a tube in my tubeless tire to get me back on the path. No biggie.
Here’s Steve being hesitant over some scary stuff. Jagged rocks to roll over, and heli-lift out of the canyon if you fuck up 🙂
Eventually the trail got really hairy and difficult right near the top and we walked the last 5% in fear of death or dismemberment.
Here’s a view from the top:
The downhillers get dropped off via a dirt road here. Then they hike-a-bike another few hundred feet up to the top of the canyon and descend down the other side. Pretty damn awesome. We took the XC trails down, for about 30 seconds and Steve got a flat, snake bite to be precise. We tried to patch it, failed. We put in my spare BRAND NEW Ritchie tube, and it had TWO holes in it. WTF! Patched those TWO holes and carried on.
The decent was beyond words. Pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever done on a bike. REALLY fun and flowing. I didn’t take any pictures of the really good stuff because I was too busy enjoying it. Here’s a rough sample, roller coaster. Most of the turns are really really banked with awesome burms. Great traction and sooooo much flow.
Cool drain action they have, you can see the banked channel you are in the whole way down.
You can see the trail we just came down in the distance.
We played in the freeride park, watched some dirt surfers and enjoyed the awesome freeride/downhill type course back to the car. About 7 fee from the car Steve managed to go over his bars on an ackward drop into a ditch that just stops your front wheel.
We packed it up and went back to the hotel and got cleaned up. We hit the same mexican place so Steve could try the Steak Fajita’s. I got the same again and they were better than I remembered. Best damn fajita’s I ever had. We went back to the strip and watched the show, and now we are back at the hotel to crash for the night. We ware checking out in the AM and going back to Bootleg Canyon in the morning. We are going to see new year’s in Vegas and then drive straight to Flagstaf through the night. That’s the plan anyway.