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September 12th, 2014

For a while, our road trip to Oregon did not seem it would ever happen — it was postponed at least three times. Then we flip-flopped between tandem touring and mountain biking. I have always liked our road trip setup where we fit all our bikes and gear INSIDE the CR-V, but I didn't think we …more…

September 7th, 2014

Just wanted to compose a list of a few memorable rides we did at Henry Coe. Click on the ride to see comments and descriptions, where usually ride reports are linked. Overall, it runs in reverse chronological order (but not set in stone).

 

September 3rd, 2014

We did Tahoe Sierra 100 mountain bike ride on Aug 23. Some say it’s the hardest mountain biking century in the country. I don’t know if it is true, but I know it deserves a ride report. However, some time has passed and I didn’t find time to write, but more importantly, I didn’t know where to …more…

July 26th, 2014

On the evening of July 9 while I was still at work, I received an email from Mr. Mud with this content:
I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, …more…

February 14th, 2014

Glad that Mr. Mud and I could both take the Friday off at a last minute's notice. With the rain pending as well as friend's plan to climb at Pinnacles for the weekend, this looked to be our only chance to get a ride in, so we made good use of it. It was a gorgeous day. …more…

October 19th, 2013

"Did you get the license plate?" Mr. Mud asks while adjusting his body position on the couch cushion with a grimace on his face. Roxy, all her 14 pounds, rocked from his one leg to the other, but she seemed undisturbed at all. She did not see us the last two nights, so she's content to get her lap …more…

October 6th, 2013

20131003 Driving to Utah

 

20131004 Outerbike Day 1 Amasa Back and Bar M

 
20131004 Outerbike Day 1 -1: Amasa Back, Captain Ahab
20131004 Outerbike Day 1-2: Brand Trails (North 40 – Maverick)
20131004 Outerbike Day 1-3: …more…

September 22nd, 2013

 

mudworm ~A great day riding at Coe. Mr. Mud was in the lead pretty much all day, but I was happy with my own riding. Was a good day for cleaning — I rode no dab on most trails except for Center (Not) Flats where my new rear tire seems to slide constantly on the loose surface. …more…

June 22nd, 2013

Today, Mr. Mud threw me out of the house so he could turn the house upside down without me getting in the way. We are emptying out the spare bedroom for my nephew's arrival next weekend. I went and did a ride at Skeggs that I now call Skeggs Lite 2.0. …more…

June 18th, 2013

Vacationing in Mendo and found this route. Despite the GPS track, there were still lots of out&backs and stoppings trying to make sense of the "off course" alerts. Forgot to pack any trail food and sports supplements for the trip. Was surprised to see how tiny an Egg McMuffin was at the trail head. …more…

May 25th, 2013

Thanks to Skyline35, I did my first night ride. It was very fun. If I could figure out a way not to have headaches the next day after staying up late, I would do more of it.
Just played with Picasa photo editing. Might have gone a little over board with the boarders. Oops. …more…

October 6th, 2012

I'm proud to announce that we did it — Erik is now an official Hard COEre 100 (mile) finisher, and yours truly is a Hard COEre 100 (km) finisher as well as the course record holder. Yeah, as our dear friend Stephen once said, screw modesty! …more…

September 9th, 2012

Ha, I figured the title will lure you in! Well, it is true, but partially true. After our successful completion of the Tahoe classic monster ride last weekend, I had a nagging feeling. In our small group of three, Mr. Mud appeared to be the strongest one and was almost always ready to roll, but he …more…

September 2nd, 2012

I'd read about this classic Tahoe ride for years. It was supposed to be tough due to altitude and technical difficulty; it was supposed to be very scenic traversing north to south on the east side of Lake Tahoe; and it was supposed to be fun covering many popular trails in the area such as the world …more…

August 12th, 2012

Morning Ride: Hole in the Ground Loop (15.8 mile / 2,473')

Track: Strava, MTBGuru, Garmin Connect
Had some time in the morning before meeting our friend Catherine to be done with her work. She and Erik climbed together for quite a while and she kicked, and still kick, butt! …more…

August 11th, 2012

Morning ride: Spooner to Kingsbury to Van Sickle (21.7mi/3,654')

Track:  Strava, MTBGuru, Garmin Connect
Despite being a shuttle ride, it was hard! Felt altitude from the beginning when Mr. Mud dropped me. Then at a step up lower on Spooner to Bench climb, my pedal struk a rock and  the foot came …more…

July 27th, 2012

mudworm ~  We both took Friday off. Almost went to Tahoe (I have a killer two-day itinerary), but decided to be lazy. Glad to be a guide on his Skeggs Everything Hall of Fame Induction ride. I can do this ride without a map now, although I'm a little SE'ed out, at least for now. …more…

July 21st, 2012

mudworm ~ rode 27.3mi and climbed 6,532ft on Skeggs Everything. Incomplete track due to accidental second sampling.
July 21, 2012 with a Garmin Edge 305
 

mudworm ~   Oh darn, I must have played with the "smart recording" vs "every second", and left it at "every second" at one point. …more…

July 14th, 2012

This is crazy! Will Coe be alright without me? — plymmer
That was plymmer's panic cry before the trip. It was pure magic that somehow ratpick and ElHombre convinced plymmer that he needed to ride somewhere else other than Coe for once and they planned this "boys' weekend outing" as they put it. …more…

July 7th, 2012

Saturday: Scotts Lake, Round Lake (o&b to PCT), and Xmas Valley descent. (26.3 mi / 4,742ft)

Other links: My Strava , Mr. Mud's Strava, downloadable Garmin Connect track

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June 29th, 2012

I've been working very hard lately.  I normally try not to work long hours; after all, 50% of the household is already workaholic, so I need to balance it out. But last couple of days, I stayed up late and got up early. I've gotta say, debugging an unpredictable race condition in the program is addictive. …more…

June 17th, 2012

It was hot indeed — this hot.

The temperatures were recorded on Mr. Mud's Garmin 800 on today's ride:

Here is the route (the best way to follow the route is to go to my my ride on MTBGuru and click on OSM mode in the map and zoom in): Hunting Hollow >> Jim Donnelley Trail (up) >> Spike Jones …more…

June 10th, 2012

Oh Bear Mountain, where do I begin? People who have visited Bear Mountain speak of it as if it was a giant beast hidden deep in Henry Coe. You can't quite tell whether it is excitement, or fear, or joy of survival in their voice. I'm intrigued. …more…

May 12th, 2012

Has to be a quick post because we are back in action on remodeling the house. Will be leveling the kitchen ceiling joists and installing hood vents today.
Willow Ridge was Mr. Mud's idea. Not sure why he wanted to do it. Last time we did it was on the Henry Coe Rustic Journey two years ago. …more…

April 29th, 2012

The weekend started on Friday afternoon. Made a last minute decision that I would ride over the hill to meet up with Mr. Mud so we could ride up B-OO-B (Bohlman – On Orbit – Bohlman) together. I had to carry our tent poles in a backpack hoping to get them fixed at Mel Cotton after the ride. …more…

April 7th, 2012

Announcement: The most complete account of this ride with many excellent photos, videos, and stories is actually on MTBR. As much as I love it when you, my reader, stay on my blog, I must say you'll like what you see in that thread more. But still, following is my initial account of the ride…
It …more…

April 1st, 2012

Riding on this gorgeous day, even with the occasional encounters with some standing waters on the trails, I had a hard time believing how hard it rained yesterday and in the morning. People say Marin drains well, and I now see what they mean. …more…

March 3rd, 2012

Erik's birthday was in the week. But unlike the other 12 hour days Erik spends at work (including weekends), his birthday had an online training class scheduled that started from 7am (east coast class) and ended at 3pm, so he took it at home. …more…

February 19th, 2012

Since we have been away from Henry Coe (esp. long rides we used to do) for so long, when we thought about doing a fairly long ride this weekend, I naturally thought about my first ride at Coe (see MTBR thread: First time to visit Coe. Route suggestions and first aid preps? ) . …more…

January 2nd, 2012

The first ride of the year had to be special. That settled the place – Coe. I'm all about chasing fad, so I logged on to MTBR to see what's hot for Henry Coe right now. Sure enough, I found two rides on the first page. But sorry, Patric (ratpick), I couldn't get excited about you and Diesel's …more…

January 1st, 2012

I'm having a Déjà vu… Oh yeah, I said the same thing back in 2006. But that was when I took a long break from rock climbing and before I started mountain biking. This time though, it was after a long break from my extensive riding (mainly mountain biking) in 2010. I guess I just went cold turkey. …more…

December 11th, 2010

I stole Erik's post from his forum. Shhh… don't tell him.
Went to Coe for a day of trail work.  Got there a bit early so I geared up quick so I could go ride the new Jim Donnelly Trail.  This one has a bit of history since it was just "re-aligned" a bit on the sly. …more…

December 11th, 2010

Lots of good posts in this MTBR thread: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=671389

Following is my post:
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For a second, I thought I was at the Skeggs Point. This is atypical for Hunting Hollow parking lot.

ratpick about to take off on the ride/fly in.

The three Hard COEre giants. …more…

November 26th, 2010

There was nothing black about it -- it was a sunny day. We all expected a crisp temperature. Actually, when we left home, it was below freezing.

And there was hard ice at the parking lot when we got there before 10am.

Either the ice was too hard, or Charlie was too light -- he and the bike combined ...more...

November 25th, 2010

Despite having issue with the name -- Tallboy -- that's the Santa Cruz 29er, Erik pulled the trigger.  Finally!!! His search lasted for more than a year. I'm not talking about half hearted search. He was reading about 29er's almost every night! ...more...

November 14th, 2010

Last time I wrote about their heroic attempt, a gigantic ride in itself. I guess they learned from their experience, and November 13, 2010 went down as the day when Henry Coe first saw any human being (or, superman?) measured 100 miles of its trails in one day on a two wheel vehicle that is non-motorized …more…

October 16th, 2010

2 am start at Hunting Hollow Parking lot of Henry Coe on Oct 16, 2010.
1 big loop, 100 miles, +20,000 ft of elevation gain and loss.
It even has its own website http://hardcoere100.org/

Okay, time for me to fess up… I did not attempt it. …more…

October 9th, 2010

I'm feeling lazy right now after a full day of cleaning around the house (washed all the windows  and more), and I didn't have my camera yesterday (found it today), so there is not much of a report from me.
I rode to the site with Patrick and Roy. …more…

October 2nd, 2010

I did it! Here is the proof:

A few days ago after our last weekend's ride, Skyline35/Charlie brought up this Everything Skeggs (aka All of Skeggs) ride, conceived by Biking Brazilian. I tried, but couldn't get the idea out of my mind even though that meant I had to say to Erik that I would not go …more…

September 26th, 2010

Not many people would go "Hmmm... that sounds like a great idea" when they hear my proposal:

Descender's Delight ride (~20 miles)
Replenish at the car ...
Perimeter ride clockwise: Sierra Morena, Whole Steam Donkey, Blue Blossom or Spring Board, Lawrence, V Mill, S+N Leaves, ECdM) (est. ...more...

September 19th, 2010

Following conversation took place this Sunday morning.
E: Okay, I'm going in to work now. What are you going to do?
M: I don't know. *pout*
E: Go for a ride or hike. Something. Anything. Just make sure you get out. Otherwise, I'll sleep at work and won't come home. …more…

September 18th, 2010

I really don't have anything to complain about.
Last Saturday was the get-together with Sean and Stephen and their families. Sean and Jennifer hosted the gathering at their place in Santa Cruz. Our host took Stephen, Erik, and me on a ride from his house to UCSC and Wilder. …more…

September 6th, 2010

I'll be honest. "Go with the flow." That was not a profound discovery through four years of marriage. It just summed up how this 3-day Labor Day weekend went for us… There were lots of plan changes, which I call "go with the flow". Here are just a few to illustrate the case:
Plan #1: Drive up …more…

August 27th, 2010

Before the ride, I could not find a GPS track online for the complete Middle Fork Trail, from Timpanogas Lake to Sand Prairie Campground. Most rides I read about were from Paddy's Valley down. So, I had to ask for beta on MTBR and was glad to get confirmation that the top section was worth riding and …more…

August 26th, 2010

For $20 per person, we got a shuttle ride up for Alpine Trail from Oregon Adventures company. The trail is called the "Crown Jewel" of Oakridge riding. It was on a Thursday morning, but there were four other passengers in the shuttle too. During the half an hour drive, we made friends with one retired …more…

August 25th, 2010

We arrived in Oakridge late on Wednesday. It was a hot day. We heard that the high was near 3 digits. We took our time talking to the local bike shop and based on their recommendation, we settled into Arbor Inn. After unpacking, it was already after 7pm. …more…

August 24th, 2010

This loop refers to: Ape Canyon, Plains of Abraham, Smith Creek, and Lava Canyon
If our friend Tom had been on the ride, I'm very certain that he would have proclaimed that this ride had a very high BS factor, and I would have agreed.
Riding at St Helens does not have to have a high BS factor, …more…

August 23rd, 2010

Erik went into work in their Issaquah office so I had to entertain myself. It turned out not so hard. The guys at the Bicycle Center in town gave me detailed information on their local rides and even printed me a very nice map. So, my ride involved riding from the office to downtown Issaquah, and …more…

August 22nd, 2010

I didn't know about this place until Erik's friend Tom, whom we would be staying with the next two nights in Seattle, told us. We would be on our way up to Issaquah where Erik would spend a day working in their office there and Capitol Forest would not be too far out of our way. …more…

August 20th, 2010

We were supposed to get on our way up to Washington, but since Post Canyon was literally right there in town, I wanted to check it out before we leave Hood River. We followed the most popular trail, Seven Streams, all the way (Trails 100 to 116) and got a taste what this place was about. …more…

August 19th, 2010

Okay, I exaggerated… It was probably only 35.81 miles of awesomeness since there were a few miles on fire roads (still fun though) and 3 miles of grueling ascent on Trail 456 on Fifteenmile Creek (I didn't mind the climb, but you wouldn't see me with big grins on those steeps). …more…

August 18th, 2010

This will be a short report because the drive back into town is short.
We didn't get to Hood River until past 10am and went to Bette's Place for a brunch (excellent Dungeness Crab omelet and free Wifi). Some more time was passed in a couple of bikeshops. By the time we started riding, it was 2:11pm. …more…

August 17th, 2010

Only one segment (okay, out and back) and only 7.2 miles? What happened? Well, it's probably less embarrassing for me to say, "we are wimps" than for me to tell you what really happened… although we are indeed wimps in general.
I'd like people to think that my husband is intelligent, thoughtful, …more…

July 24th, 2010

In the hindsight, I probably should have stayed home for the weekend. Our friend Brad needed Erik's help both days for his Sonora Pass Climbing Guide Book effort and I know that they would be hiking around crags and pointing at climbs — not my cup of tea. …more…

July 18th, 2010

It was probably 10 years ago when I was still in grad school that a friend told me excitedly about this innovative search engine, Google. It proved useful back then for academic researches, and today? It has penetrated in every seam of my life. …more…

June 26th, 2010

This is my post to the related MTBR thread where more photos and stories can be found.
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After our (mudncrud, ratpick, mudworm) extra little play loop on Spike Jones and Timm, we caught the big group (Sorcerer, Tom, Brian L, Zener, Eric S, girl_from_pitt, plymmer) on Coit Road at the north …more…

June 19th, 2010

This is my post to the related MTBR thread. (There are more stories and photos there.)
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This is about Charlie's training ride for the thread bearing "rustic 10k" event. Just like last time, he sent an invite to a list of friends stating "the route should be long and miserable"; but …more…

June 17th, 2010

When I did the Tour on May 7th, I did an experiment to see what would happen if I only took very limited amount of water and food. I bonked. But was it really in the nutrition and hydration (n&h), or was it that 85+ miles on a mountain bike was just beyond my limit? …more…

June 12th, 2010

This is my post to the MTBR thread:
It was going to be a warm summer day at Henry Coe after a long California spring, so I dressed accordingly for the occasion — long sleeves and leg warmers (with fleece liner). The sweat started pouring down my face shortly after I got started on the Anza climb. …more…

June 6th, 2010

Daryl, Heather, and Lior kindly agreed to ride with me at Demo when I talked to them after the Hospice Ride yesterday. And they invited other friends too so eight of us came out.
We did the first slice of Canadian Bacon, and then dropped down Sawpit (I rode around the rock garden). …more…

June 5th, 2010

Ride for Hospice, aka "Bra Ride", is a charity ride for Pathways:

Pictures like below can be found here and here.

After that, since I was close, I went over and did a short ride at Skeggs:

May 15th, 2010

For a while, Lyman Willson was my favorite start from Hunting Hollow. And then it rained, and then rained more. The creeks were filled. Last time I went out that way was on Charlie's ride last December. Now water proofed with my Gortex socks, would I be afraid of  a few creeks? …more…

May 7th, 2010

– Ahh… what a beautiful morning! Earlier at Windy Hill OSP, I was able to get a view of most of the Bay Area to the East including San Fransisco. I couldn't help but imagine the hustle and bustle among those tall buildings in the SF Financial District on a typical Friday morning like this; …more…

April 11th, 2010

The duration of my ride at this year's Napa Valley Dirt Classic: 10:46am to around 1:50pm. Well, what can I say — mudworm finally got to play in the mud. Total immersion style, head to toe and inside 'n out. What a day! It was hard but I had fun; then, it got harder …
When I left the house …more…

April 5th, 2010

The context was Napa Valley Dirt Classic.  I'm always interested in checking out the course of this unique race. The race seems to be well known because quite a few people I know have raced it; yet, it almost has that underground feel to it. …more…

March 28th, 2010

Mei Tricked Me!
That was what Derek had been claiming all day, to himself and to anyone within earshot. Well, I didn't really mean to trick him; it was some unforeseen circumstance. When Derek said the day before in an email he was planning to ride alone because he hadn't been riding much and would …more…

March 22nd, 2010

Finally, the search came to an end, and I am now the proud owner of this beautiful small carbon 2010 Titus FTM (short for Full Tilt Moto).
For the past year or so, I have considered nearly a dozen bikes and test ridden a handful (see my earlier post). …more…

February 22nd, 2010

It only took us one month to buy a house (from thinking about buying to putting down our offer — the only offer we made). It took me a year to buy a mountain bike. You can't say my priorities are screwed up, can you?
It's official now: I have placed an order on my new trail bike! …more…

February 18th, 2010

Ever since I broken a pedal on my first and only hooky ride at Henry Coe, I had been wary about repeating it. But I had to do it today, a Thursday, aka a work day, for a few reasons: 1) the reason that I a demo bike with me was because I told the bike rep that for me to buy a bike, I had to take it …more…

January 9th, 2010

It all started on MTBR. I strongly urge you to read the original thread, because you can find a lot of good information and fun conversation there.
As far as I'm concerned, that thread shows following (so you REALLY should read it IMAO):
1. …more…

December 25th, 2009

It was our last day of riding, and it was Christmas. So, the ride had to be special. What could be more special than an epic ride. We wanted to check out this Kentucky Camp (near Patagonia, AZ) ride, aka IMBA Epic Long Ride. Despite our best intention, we didn't get started riding until almost 10am. …more…

December 24th, 2009

I wanted to go rock climbing at Mt Lemmon. After all, we transported all that climbing gear with us and would not want them to turn out to be some 50 lb dead weight. Tom wanted to ride down Bug Springs, Malino Basin, to Milagrosa (then home), so we dropped him off at the higher trailhead of Bug Springs …more…

December 23rd, 2009

From what we heard, Sweetwater is a new development and it has gained popularity very fast. I think some enthusiasm I sensed from online reading has spurred my interest. It seems to be a network of trails packed in a relatively small area. However, unlike Fantasy Island, this place offers some jagged …more…

December 22nd, 2009

Everybody said 50 Year Trail was a must ride. Somebody had the same feeling about Fantasy Island. But Tom was not interested in either. He had ridden both many years ago. Since today was his rest day, today I would be free to do any ride I wanted. …more…

December 20th, 2009

Tom had done some research and found this trail in Cosmic Ray’s Arizona Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Fat Tire Tales & Trails. It turned out to be a very good introduction to desert riding. We did both the north side (3.5 miles to the creek) and the south side (8.4 to Three Bridges). …more…

December 5th, 2009

Charlie sent an email to a list (not that long really) of people saying that he would be riding at Henry Coe on Saturday and he had expected one or two to show up. Who would have thought more than a dozen people came out on a freezing cold day to ride at Henry Coe! I call it Charlie's Charm. …more…

November 29th, 2009

Three Candies? I'm referring to the three climbs: Lyman Willson, Anza-Jackson, and Serpentine. I envisioned the elevation profile will show three distinct peaks, but it does not. Oh well, those were the three interesting climbs on the ride; hence, three candies.
It was a beautiful day. …more…

November 25th, 2009

I took today off, but wasted the morning doing nothing at home. I needed to go to Pescadero to pick up an Olallieberry pie. Well, it's not too far from Wilder, was it? I call it an exploratory ride, but I set out to ride the trails that I had not ridden before. …more…

October 25th, 2009

The official MTBR Henry Coe Fall Circus happened on Saturday. But we could only do Sunday, so we did our Post-Fall Circus Henry Coe B Ride (as opposed to the Pre-Fall Circus Henry Coe B Ride I did with Derek and Charlie last week).
To recap from my previous blog post, here is Charlie’s route rundown …more…

October 18th, 2009

Oh, another weekend when Erik had to work (cliche by now). Not sure if we could join the MTBR Henry Coe Fall Circus ride next weekend, I got curious to check out their B ride. And Derek wanted to ride too. Great! When we were in the parking lot, Charlie and Roy pulled in and Charlie decided to join …more…

October 17th, 2009

I had always wanted to help out at Low Key Hillclimb Series and finally my chance arrived — on Week 3 in the 2009 series for Tunitas Creek climb. When I drove over, the sky was still a bit gray, but when the riders arrived at the Bike Hut on Tunitas where registrations took place, the weather …more…

October 10th, 2009

Note: I wrote this while watching a movie, so I was mainly rambling here. I found it so hard to read that I couldn't even go over it once to proof-read.
I rode Old La Honda with other Low Key climbers. My personal best on it so far (before today) is 21:50. That was on a Wednesday after work in May. …more…

October 4th, 2009

And my husband is in love too. Only that I with a Santa Cruz Blur LTc, and he with a Santa Cruz Tallboy.
Ever since April, I've been on a quest for my next bike — a new bike, that is.  A small problem I have is there are so many good bikes out there. …more…

September 29th, 2009

Kids, do you know what happens if you play hooky and go ride your bike? Your pedal falls off.
Like this:

And then, you have to ride home like this:

But I know, it's just too hard to resist when you suddenly receive an email inviting you to go ride your mountain bike at Henry Coe even though the …more…

September 27th, 2009

What happens when the SO cannot go out and play? Well, Jeanne and I rode at Skeggs on Saturday, and Wilder+UCSC on Sunday — we had fun!  I concluded the weekend with a spin up Kennedy Trail (near Los Gatos) on my drive to a dinner party. …more…

September 19th, 2009

Erik, Derek, and I were actually the few that signed up early (before September 10) for the Henry Coe Mountain Biking Challenge. And we showed up this morning geared up and ready to go. After the race announcement, the racers left for the gate at the end of Gilroy Hot Springs Road, the official start …more…

September 12th, 2009

My first time riding there. We took Monday off. We stayed with Jeanne, Iztok, and Tim in a condo in S. Lake Tahoe for Saturday and Sunday nights. Hanging out was fun except that Erik's work place had an IT melt down before his trip, so he worked before and after riding every day — poor guy. …more…

September 7th, 2009

Did this ride with Patrick and Derek because Erik was on call, again. We followed the sport course of the Henry Coe MTB Challenge.
Sport/Expert Course About 24 miles
Climbing 5000+-
Start Coit Road
Left Cross Canyon Trail
Right Willow Ridge Road
Becomes Crest Trail
Right Kelly Lake Trail
Left Coit …more…

September 5th, 2009

This ride was initiated on MTBR, plenty of stories and pictures there. Christine took this picture of mine on the ride:

Here is my ride track:

August 30th, 2009

Another short post just because I'm so behind.
Started out in China Camp. Derek and his co-worker Cherie joined us. We did a smaller loop than I had planned for because we ran out of time while there were people waiting to meet us for Camp Tamarancho in Fairfax. …more…

August 23rd, 2009

I give up. I've meant to write up a blog about the clinic after editing the video, but it took me forever to get to the video editing, and I still cannot find time to write a long post about it. So, I'll be brief. I found out about the clinic from an MTBR thread. …more…

August 9th, 2009

When we arrive at the Hunting Hollow Parking Lot, there are only two vehicles. The big lot looks very deserted. I wonder if we have missed any important announcements such as the park has be closed to public. Oh well, we drop four dollars into the collection box nonetheless and roll off to Hunting …more…

August 2nd, 2009

No, I was not that crazy, but Erik was!
We parked at Gate PC05 of the Purisima Creek Open Space (i.e. on the Half Moon Bay side).  It was a gradual but continuous hill climb towards El Corte De Madera. Erik found out that his rear brake was gone because the pin that held the lever had fallen out (the …more…

July 12th, 2009

We wanted to make the most out of this trip. So, after yesterday's Death Ride, we rode the Lake Alpine Loop near Bear Valley on our way back. Here are some pictures.

Bryn sent me this one.

Overall, I felt decent considering I just did my longest ride the day before, but there were times when I …more…

June 18th, 2009

In two months, we'll probably be on our way up to Whistler again, and this time, I want to be better prepared. I must have thought to myself out loud because Erik started building these structures in our backyard and put them together on my birthday. …more…

June 13th, 2009

MTBR thread
It was one year ago that I attended the IMBA monthly Henry Coe trail work the first time. I wanted to do it every month, but life got in the way and I only managed one other time. However, I had decided nothing should stop me from attending this one since it would be my Coe trailwork annyversary. …more…

May 31st, 2009

First time for both Erik and me. We met up with Derek, Jeff, and Gil around 10am and set out for a fun ride. It's indeed fun. Enough challenge (being rocky) to keep it interesting and yet, not too much to make it too taxing on the body and mind. We also scattered our laughs all over. …more…

May 25th, 2009

We had a late start after sending off the little tweety bird to the rescue center, but we weren't going to let it deter us from riding Coe, especially on such a nice day. While gray, foggy, and miserable at home (on the ocean side of Skyline Ridge), it was at perfect temp in the Bay Area at around …more…

May 19th, 2009

I went to the La Honda Creek Open Space Master Plan public hearing held in Half Moon Bay. The public access (user conflict) issue has always been a sensitive subject in meetings like this one. From what I heard, it had been the norm that mountain bikers were portrayed as the ugly monsters out on the …more…

May 17th, 2009

I had known about ROMP's monthly group rides at Skeggs for a while and this was my first time attending one after seeing Josh's reminder on MTBR. We started with five of us, but we lost Hank shortly into the ride after he over-shot the turn off to Blueblossom. …more…

May 14th, 2009

Update: After the searches described below, check out what I bought in the end.
My List:

Ibis Mojo
Specialized Safire FSR Expert Carbon
Yeti 575
Santa Cruz Blur LTc (current favorite)
Pivot Mach 5
Turner 5.Spot DW (have not tried)
Trek Fuel Ex 9. …more…

May 10th, 2009

My friend Jeanne and I are both in the market for a new mountain bike with around 5" of travel. We spent Saturday trying out various bikes at Santa Teresa County Park where Trail Head Cyclery is holding a demo weekend. The two husbands were there too. …more…

May 1st, 2009

It all started from this MTBR thread: The Belmont Half Mountain Adventure, started by Krishna (kpd) in the beginning of April.  Adventure? I think Krishna is too mellow to call it, but it's in its essence a race (or at least a challenge), only based on honor system. …more…

April 11th, 2009

It was exactly a year ago that I went to ride a Sea Otter Classic course with the dirt divas. (See Mudworm Went Riding with Eight Dirt Divas. Hot!) I did it again today.
I hooked up with Cindy, Michelle, and Lesley. Unlike last year's ride, we all did the course for the sport class at the coming race …more…

March 28th, 2009

It's funny how after an exciting event, the memories keep popping up randomly, for example, before you go to sleep, when you wake up, and when you are driving. That's what's happening to me these days. The bits and pieces during Boggs IV kept flashing back, which prompted me to write them down before …more…

March 28th, 2009

I do not want to accept it, but I know when people look at the results in the future, that's what they would think of me (or rather, that name printed on the result sheet because they don't really know me in person). I can't change the fact that I not only won the Beginner Women's class (that I signed …more…

March 21st, 2009

Crosspost from MTBR:
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Remember this Henry Coe ride a bunch of people did last year? (I wasn't there because back then, I had never heard of Henry Coe yet. Oh, what had I missed out?!) Well, it happened again this year, but only quietly. Why? …more…

March 15th, 2009

We went up to Napa Valley for a mountain biking action packed weekend.  The weather was perfect on Saturday. It drizzled on Sunday, but as people say, when it rains, ride at Boggs and Angwin; that's exactly what we did and the trails were just fine. …more…

February 28th, 2009

Like this muddy…

It's Erik's birthday again. I think the last time it happened was a year ago, but I'm not sure. Ever since two years ago I surprised him with a trip to Hawaii (he did not even know we were flying until I dug out the suit cases buried under camping gear when we arrived at the …more…

January 17th, 2009

This is my trip reported posted to MTBR.
I still could not commit last night. Erik had an orthodontist appointment this morning. I felt that I should wait for him and do something locally together in the afternoon, but Charlie just made the Coe ride sound too enticing. …more…

January 10th, 2009

Today was another ROMP's trailwork day at Coe (MTBR thread). Erik had made plans though to do some rebolting of a rock climbing route at Pinnacles (the equivalent of trailwork to mountain biking). Guess we would be paying dues to two park goddesses on the same day. Sweet! …more…

January 1st, 2009

So, due to our scheduling mistakes, we moved our potluck with Sean and Steve's families to the first day of 2009.  Because it would be at Sean's place in Santa Cruz, we decided to go for a ride before the party. Sean had been riding there for years, so he made a perfect guide. …more…

December 27th, 2008

We were supposed to go to a potluck with two other families on December 27th, 2008.  What are the odds both Erik and I did not make the connection between the date and the day, and we made our separate plans for Saturday: he would climb at Pinnacles and I would ride at Skeggs. …more…

November 30th, 2008

It started out as a challenge after a "failed" attempt the weekend before (see the story below).  The goal is to ride 10k at Henry Coe, in one day, where 10k refers to the total vertical feet of climbing.  We first heard of this notion on MTBR, and for whatever reason, it had an immediate appeal to …more…

November 29th, 2008

Erik was itching to go to Pinnacles. Pinns is great, but the type of climbing that Erik had in mind did not appeal to me much — he wanted to go new routing, which meant standing in one position hand drilling for hours. So, when his buddy Gilbert text messaged him about going to Pinns, I was as …more…

November 16th, 2008

It's 5 o'clock this morning. I am waken up by Erik's coughs. Poor guy, he has been sick for a few days. He has looked forward to this Sunday to go climbing at Pinnacles.  It does not look like it's going to happen. I pat him gently and fall back to sleep. When I wake up again, it is 7 am. …more…

October 19th, 2008

We did not plan to duplicate last weekend, but it just happened this way.
Saturday: Low Key Hill Climbs, Quimby Road
We were planning to go climbing at Pinnacles today, but last night, we found out that our mountain bikes were not ready for tomorrow's Coe ride that we had committed ourselves to. …more…

October 12th, 2008

One is on Saturday; the other on Sunday. One is road riding; the other mountain biking. They deserve two separate reports, but I don't feel like writing. Here is a quick run down.
Saturday:Low Key Hill Climbs, W. Apline

We barely got up early enough to make the Low Key Hill Climbs event although …more…

October 6th, 2008

For the longest time, I thought my climbing technique sucked. For example, there were a few spots in Water Dog that Bryn, my lunch break riding partner, and I had named as our nemeses. And there were two that I had never been able to conquer: one of the Three Sisters and one at the top of the switchbacks …more…

September 21st, 2008

Day 1: La Honda, CA to Roseburg, OR
Day 2: MTB North Umpqua Trail: Tioga and Mott segments out and back
Day 3: MTB North Umpqua Trail: Panther and Calf segments out and back
Day 4: MTB McKenzie River Trail out and back
Day 5: Eugene, OR to McKenna, WA
Day 6: McKenna, WA to Squamish, BC
Day 7: The Fix …more…

August 27th, 2008

The season is ending soon (we'll be gone for two weeks), so I decided to write a report before it's too late. I've gotten so much (friendship, practice, lessons) from these rides that it's past due for me to show my appreciation in writing.
It was 89 degrees outside when I drove to the shop at 6pm. …more…

August 24th, 2008

Christine and Erin led a ride at Tamarancho in Marin. There were thirteen of us total who showed up.  The ride is pretty much a loop, and we went the "easier" way.  Still, there are quite a few sections, either due to roots, pointy rocks, or rounded rocks, that are challenging to most of us. …more…

August 22nd, 2008

This was an announcement from PTB newsletter.
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What: Women's ride at Water Dog Lake Park in Belmont followed by dinner & drinks at Passion Trails Bicycles
Where: Passion Trails Bicycles, 415-C Old County Road, Belmont.
When: Roll out at 6 pm Friday, August 22
The Friday Female Fiesta …more…

July 12th, 2008

Following is my post to MTBR.
Last year, I posted A (very) slow rider's Downieville XC report here. In response to the generous encouragement I received, I promised I would come back. A promise is a promise is a promise. I did. So here I am again to report back. …more…

July 7th, 2008

I confess: I've been lazy.
Not so lazy that I haven't been riding Arastradero, but too lazy to write about it. After a few weeks away, Mei rode with us tonight. In her gentle way she gave me a small dose of guilt: "Has the group been riding? I haven't seen any ride reports." Yep, guilty as charged. …more…

July 5th, 2008

On Saturday, we slept in as what most people did on the day after July 4th and did not pull into Hunting Hollow parking lot until almost 11. The sun was already cooking the ground by then. Perfect for heat training at Coe. Two riders returned from their ride of the day while we were gearing up. …more…

June 29th, 2008

The weekend didn't start out well. When we were about to board our shuttle on Saturday to Packer Saddle for a downhill run, I realized that I forgot my riding shorts at home. I had to spend $50+ on a pair of most uncomfortable MTB shorts (Mens' Small was the closest I could find and they don't fit). …more…

June 23rd, 2008

Friday:
We took a three o'clock shuttle to Packer Saddle and did a DH run: Sunrise, Butcher Ranch, 2nd Divide. Sunrise is a very flowy single track. There is almost no obstacles. Butcher Ranch has some technical sections. You can see in this youtube video how the rock garden topples many racers. …more…

June 22nd, 2008

When Erik and I topped out on the Downieville Classic Cross Country (XC) course at Packer Saddle on our third day of riding, it was a very pleasant surprise to see and chat with a couple of divas, DH Jill and Heather. Four divas were still on the climb and they were going to wait, so we said goodbye …more…

June 14th, 2008

[Note: This was my post on MTBR, where I learned about this event.]
8AM at Coe HQ? That's just too early! But Erik said since we had so much fun on our last ride (note: my only Coe ride), we should give something back. That makes sense.
It was an impressive turnout — nine volunteers showed up …more…

June 2nd, 2008

[Note: Below was my ride report sent to the dirt divas.]
All I did was I asked, "So, Janet, you are not riding, but you are still writing the ride report, right?" "No, but Mei, you are writing it." *kicking myself* Why did I ask? Okay, here is my assignment. …more…

May 26th, 2008

One nice thing about riding close to home is when we found out that Erik forgot his camelpak at home, he could drive home to fetch it while I rode around the parking lot doing my drills. It was meant to be a short ride on the last day of our long weekend, so we just went around the perimeter clockwise …more…

May 25th, 2008

It's a long awaited three-day weekend, so normally we would have taken the opportunity to go somewhere that we otherwise couldn't get to on a regular weekend. However, the weather in the Sierra looks crappy, the traffic in and out of the Bay Area sounds daunting, plus the gas price is rediculous, so …more…

May 16th, 2008

It was two months ago, I made my first ride to Water Dog and immediately fell in love with that little city park. I went back twice during lunch breaks by myself, but I felt a little lonely. Plus, both times I saw an old man, once with a big stick in his hands, on the trails. …more…

May 4th, 2008

I'm taking a Written Communication Skills class for ESL Speakers at work. The first feedback my instructor gave me on my assignments was "wordy." Knowing my problem doesn't necessarily mean I know how to fix it. But it enables me to warn you — this is going to be a long trip report. …more…

April 20th, 2008

I've already posted my ride report yesterday. Today I made sure I had my camera in hand all the time.
Here is our group at Denny's for breakfast on Sunday morning. Ryan whom Jeff and I rode with went home last night. Erik came down at 1:30 in the morning after work and went back to work after breakfast  …more…

April 19th, 2008

I patted myself on the back — I did it, the Sea Otter Mountain Biking Recreational Ride (aka MTB tour).
I have to confess though my motive in signing up for the ride was not pure. Erik had ridden at Sea Otter a few times. Last year when he quit riding there (not interested any more), his …more…

April 12th, 2008

I know there is a reason why people say it's important to build a relationship with the LBS (Local Bike Shop). My LBS is Passion Trail Bikes. I met Jill at PTB and heard about this underground group of female mountain bikers — the Dirt Divas. (Oops, did I say underground? …more…

April 5th, 2008

Once at Purisima and once at Skeggs (aka El Corte De Madera) on the same day.Our mountain bike ride started in the afternoon from Skeggs Point parking lot. After turning off Skyline, we took the Purisima Creek Trail down, a sweet fire road, to the bottom. …more…

March 19th, 2008

Yesterday, I signed up for the Mountain Bike Recreational Ride (aka tour) at Sea Otter Classic 2008. From what I heard, Sea Otter is a big event in bicycling. Last year, we went to the Expo the last day. Along with all the vendor booths, there were some competitions such as free riding and BMX'ing …more…

July 14th, 2007

[Note: I wrote this report after the race. I posted it both on MTBR and our Biking Forum.]
I can see the finish now. A few hard pedals, I'm there! I probably have let out a scream or two in excitement. The support staff tears off the bottom portion of my bib. It is a great feeling. …more…

July 8th, 2007

[Note: This is my trip report posted on the forum.]
Another fun day! Strom and I camped near Bear Valley and met up with Delbomber, Nick, YETITIME, and my friend Melissa (I climbed with her three years ago). Uncle Stinky swang by and said hi. …more…

July 1st, 2007

[Note: We hooked up with Uncle Stinky and he gave us a MTB tour of Bear Valley. I posted this TR on the forum.]
An awesome tour indeed. Uncle Stinky (Jeff S.) is great! To us, he is a god-send. The MTB guidebook in the sports shop is sold out. The trails in the area are more than confusing. …more…