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
2009-01-04 & 2009-01-05 Phoenix
On the 4th we woke up and had our awesome omelet served by the nicest Mexican lady ever “What would you like on your omelet?”
We packed up and drove north to Phoenix. We went to my friend’s home Mike and Skye Croke. I met Skye and Mike over a decade ago on the internets. They eventually met each other and got married <3. Awesome awesome people. We chatted at their house for a while, and the vet came to give Mike’s cat an injection (18 year old cat!). Then we went to P.F. Chang’s and ate our faces off of those lettuce wrap thingies and some great food. After that we stopped by BevMo!, which is this supermarket full of drinks. We got every single flavor of diet root beer they had, 6 flavors, all lin glass bottles and all different brands. We went back to their house and chatted some more and hung out. Then we left and went over to Trump’s (Jason) house across town I met him on the internet even before I met Skye and Mike. He’s the guy that started GFY Racing. He cooked us up these ridiculous slow cooked ribs and another GFY member Travis was there to hang out. Ribs were damn good, pictures would have been awesome but of course I wasn’t thinking and didn’t take any pictures. We hung out for a few hours, got insanely jealous at the cost of home’s in the Phoenix area and how nice they were and we crashed out. Trumps had TWO spare bedrooms that were insanely comfortable. He really hooked us up.
Jason left us his house alarm code and keys since he had work. But we drove over to his work in the morning and got a tour of the factory. He works for MD Helicopters so we got to see those being built. Really cool crap. Got to say hi to ANOTHER internet GFY friend Jason Ball who also works there. After the tour we all left for lunch and Travis met back up with us. I can’t rememeber the name of the place we went but it was a chain style mexican joint. Decent Mexican food with some good chips.
After lunch we hit up South Mountain. I had no idea what to expect from this place but since it’s illegal for me to ride my bicycle in the NJ South Mountain I just had to try.
Holy, holy crap. This was the most brutal ride I’ve ever done. The elevation was insane, it was like dragging your bicycle up 700 flights of stairs.
It’s hard to see the perspective but this is pretty much an endless staircase. It’s unridable. If I saw someone riding up this I’d crap my pants. You could do it for maybe 10-20 feet if you are awesome, but it’s like 400 feet of elevation of pretty much stairs or loose rock.
Another shot of the climb. I was able to ride this, god I love my epic. I think I’ve gained years of technical ability this week on this crap. I’m still stunned at some of the stuff I can make now. I feel like a trials rider sometimes.
Once we got to the top it started getting really awesome. The view was nuts and the riding got really crazy technical but fun.
At some points it got so nuts that we had to walk it. I tried even some really scary stuff but I was getting really nervous because we were still like 8 miles from the car at this point. I didn’t want to hurt myself and get stuck out there. But the closer we got to the bottom the more people we started seeing. You would think that on this crazy crap a downhill bike would be the weapon of choice, but everyone was on hardtails or XC bikes. Since there is no way in hell you can ride a downhill type bike UP this, you can’t ride it down. So they just use really light bikes to make the climb easy and just trial-ride it all the way down like I did. Slow and steady and don’t kill the bike. Actually it was really fun.
By some grace of god we made it all the way back to the car as the sun was setting. We got back to Trump’s and showered and then went over to YC’s Grill, this chain style Mongolian buffet thingy. You get a bowl and you shove as much crap as you possibly can into it. They even give you wax paper so you can use your fist and crush the stuff into the bowl. Then the guy cooks it on that Mongolian grill thingy and you get endless soda, wonton soup and white or brown rice. Even ice cream comes with it. $10!, holy crap what a deal. We hung out there till they closed and went back to Trump’s place. Chatted, tried for like 3 hours to get a copy of Trinnity and Beyond in HD from him but nothing worked. Tried to image my hard drive with his good software but it didnt’ work. I think I used partition magic at some point on that drive so it’s probably a screwed up setup. I have a new hard drive I need to install and setup and imaging it would have saved me like 12 hours of screwing around installing crap. We slept over again, Trumps was awesome for setting us up for 2 days. It’s much more fun hanging out with a friend than staying at some hotel in town. I can’t wait to get a place of my own so I can start repaying all these people who have let me crash at their house over the years.