Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I have known at least one person who died from colon cancer (good old Bill). My wife had a good friend who recently died from it (good old Tom). My uncle was recently diagnosed with it, so my doctor thought it be a good idea if I go in for the procedure. 

All went well. They didn’t find anything.  I don’t remember anything about the procedure. All I recall is turning over to my left side then waking up to see my wife and daughter next to my bed.  The little girl was so cute, a big toothless smile came on her face when she saw me open my eyes. I don’t even remember the ride home or getting dressed but I clearly remember the smiles on my wife and daughters faces. Indu doesn't have any teeth, but she still has a million dollar smile.  

Anyways, here's my smiling baby.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Years Best Posts

Since I've not been riding much myself, thought I would share some of what I've found. Lists of the best of the best post other bloggers have posted.

I am not going to make a list of every category. The best video's around here combined with youthful folksy  language always come from U2meToo, the best trail information always comes from MTBikeAZ some of the best writing comes from OneSpeedGo, while the best still photos come from sprockets.

However, in honor of the late Anthony Sloan, I am going to focus on his style of blog. Posts that look like they belong in a National Geographic or Arizona Highways magazine. Great Photography, combined with informative, entertaining story telling. I'll do the nominating, I'll let you all vote for your favorite posts. Feel free to post a comment about a great blog I'm missing out on.

My nominations include:
Cactus Rod The Toughest Mountain Bike Rider I Know from Darren's Rides

Kicking around the Kaibab from Out There

Spring on the Cabin Loop from Sprockets

North Rim of Grand Canyon Sampler from MountianBikeBill

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September trails

Verde Hot SpringsCamp VerdeArizonaLong RideAdvanced
Pinery Canyon LoopChiracahuaArizonaModerateIntermediate
Silver Peak LoopChiracahuaArizonaEasyBeginner
WhiteTail CreekChiracahuaArizonaToughintermediate
Mingus MountainCottonwood - JeromeArizonaAll DownhillXX Expert
Around the Peaks (cosmic soulstice race loop)FlagstaffArizonaFairly ToughBeginner
AZ trail to Walnut CanyonFlagstaffArizonaHard Rideadvanced
Dry lake hills loopFlagstaffArizonaHard WorkExpert
Elden LoopFlagstaffArizonaBiblicalExpert
Fisher PointFlagstaffArizonaComfortableBeginner
Lava Cave and Wing MtnFlagstaffArizonaEasyIntermediate
Little Bear LoopFlagstaffArizonaSerious ClimbAdvanced
Lower Oldham trailsFlagstaffArizonaNo SweatBeginner
Nordic CenterFlagstaffArizonaEasy to MediumBeginner
Observatory MesaFlagstaffArizonaWeenie rideBeginner
Rocky Ridge TrailFlagstaffArizonaHard fun workExpert
Soldiers Trail LoopFlagstaffArizonaEasyBeginner
Sunset Trail LoopFlagstaffArizonaLong ClimbExpert
Upper Oldham trailsFlagstaffArizonaHeinous climbExpert
Waterline RoadFlagstaffArizonaLong ClimbAdvanced
Flag to Grand CanyonFlagstaff - Grand CanyonArizonaLong Easy RideBeginner
Flagstaff to SedonaFlagstaff - SedonaArizonalong rideAdvanced
Six Shooter CanyonGlobeArizonano whinersXX Expert
Crazy Jug PointGrand CanyonArizonaModerateIntermediate
Pt. SublimeGrand CanyonArizonaVery Long RideBeginner
Rainbow RimGrand CanyonArizonahard workBeginner
Tiyo PointGrand CanyonArizonaModerateIntermediate
Greene Haven SlickrockGreene HavenArizonamoderateIntermediate
Arizona TrailJacob Lake to PatagoniaArizonaLong rideExpert
Badger TrailKingmanArizonadifficultAdvanced
Camp Beale LoopKingmanArizonamoderateIntermediate
Moss Wash MinesKingmanArizonaModerateIntermediate
Slaughterhouse CanyonKingmanArizonamoderateIntermediate
Valley DriveMonument ValleyArizonaModerateIntermediate
Page rimview trailPageArizonaEasyBeginner
Patagonia Ghost towns loopPatagoniaArizonalong rideNovice
260 loop - HiLine TrailPaysonArizonatoughAdvanced
Cabin LoopPaysonArizonaLong rideModerate
Cypress ThicketPaysonArizonamoderateIntermediate
Doll Baby RanchPaysonArizonamoderateIntermediate
El Oso rdPaysonArizonatoughIntermediate
Houston MesaPaysonArizonaModerateIntermediate
Little Pine FlatPaysonArizonamoderateIntermediate
mt peely roadPaysonArizonatoughIntermediate
Rock CreekPaysonArizonaeasyBeginner
Slate Creek DividePaysonArizonatoughIntermediate
Willow Springs LakePayson - HeberArizonamoderateIntermediate
Strawberry MtnPayson - PineArizonaModerateIntermediate
Black Canyon Trail SystemPhoenixArizonaLong rideAdvanced
National Trail - south mountainPhoenixArizonasevereExpert
Papago ParkPhoenixArizonaEasyBeginner
Phoenix CanalsPhoenixArizonaeasyBeginner
Phoenix Mtns Secret TrailsPhoenixArizonaAllAll
Apache TrailPhoenix - Apache JctArizonatoughIntermediate
Queen CreekPhoenix - Apache JctArizonaeasyBeginner
White CanyonPhoenix - Apache JctArizonaToughIntermediate
Woodbury RdPhoenix - Apache JctArizonaToughIntermediate
Devils HolePhoenix - CarefreeArizonatoughIntermediate
hombolt mtnPhoenix - CarefreeArizonadifficultIntermediate
new River HeadwatersPhoenix - CarefreeArizonamoderateIntermediate
New River MesaPhoenix - CarefreeArizonaeasyBeginner
New River WestPhoenix - CarefreeArizonamoderateadvanced
Sheep BridgePhoenix - CarefreeArizonamoderateIntermediate
Trail 4 - cave creek trail - Seven SpringsPhoenix - CarefreeArizonaDifficultExpert
Margies CovePhoenix - GoodyearArizonaEasyBeginner
Blevins Loop - Usery parkPhoenix - MesaArizonaeasyBeginner
Cottonwood CampPhoenix - MesaArizonamoderateIntermediate
four peaksPhoenix - MesaArizonatoughIntermediate
Moon Rock Loop - Usery parkPhoenix - MesaArizonaeasyBeginner
Usery PassPhoenix - MesaArizonaNo SweatAdvanced
Toms ThumbPhoenix - ScottsdaleArizonaToughAdvanced
Granite Basin LoopsPrescottArizonaeasy to difficultAdvanced
Lynx Lake LoopPrescottArizonaModerateIntermediate
Peavine trailPrescottArizonaEasyBeginner
Spruce MtnPrescottArizonawhat goes upAdvanced
Thumb Butte LoopsPrescottArizonanothing too toughAll levels
White Rock loop trailsPrescottArizonaModerateIntermediate
Wolf Creek LoopPrescottArizonaFairly EasyBeginner
Yankee Doodle trailPrescottArizonaToughAdvanced
Cunningham and Grant Hill LoopsSafford - Mt. GrahamArizonaHigh Altitude workIntermediate
Airport Mesa LoopSedonaArizonaPretty toughXXX Expert
Bell Rock LoopsSedonaArizonafairly easyBeginner
Boyton PassSedonaArizonaLong easy rollBeginner
Cathederal Rock LoopSedonaArizonaModerateAdvanced
CocksCOMB LOOPSedonaArizonamedium workBeginner
Deadmans Pass LoopSedonaArizonaModerateIntermediate
Dry CreekSedonaArizonaModerateIntermediate
Huckaby LoopSedonaArizonaHardExpert
Llama Trail LoopSedonaArizonaHardExpert
Robbers RoostSedonaArizonaeasy as pieBeginner
schnebly hill trailsSedonaArizonaa good sweatIntermediate
Secret TrailsSedonaArizonatoughAdvanced
Submarine Rock LoopSedonaArizonahard workExpert
Brown Canyon LoopSierra VistaArizonamoderateBeginner
50 Year trail (the chutes)TucsonArizonaA good sweatAdvanced
Butterfly TrailTucsonArizonahard workExpert
Chiva FallsTucsonArizonatoughExpert
Cobre RidgeTucsonArizonamoderateIntermediate
Crystal Spring TrailTucsonArizonafairly hardAdvanced
Elephant HeadTucsonArizonatoughIntermediate
Fantasy IslandTucsonArizonaeasyall levels
La MilagrosaTucsonArizonatoughxxx expert
Saguaro National Monument EastTucsonArizonaFairly EasyBeginner
Samaniego RidgeTucsonArizonaLong Hard RideAdvanced
Starr Pass - Yetman washTucsonArizonamoderateIntermediate
Sweetwater PreserveTucsonArizonaFairly EasyBeginner
the TortolitasTucsonArizonaeasyBeginner
Tucson MntsTucsonArizonaModerateIntermediate
Kentucky Camp Ghost TownTucson - SonoitaArizonaHigh Altitude workAdvanced
Blue Ridge Trail #107White MtnsArizonaAdvancedAdvanced
Country Club Trail #632White MtnsArizonaModerateIntermediate
Country Club/Los Burros Connector Trail #631AWhite MtnsArizonaModerateIntermediate
Hannigan MeadowWhite MtnsArizonaEasyBeginner
Ice Cave Trail #608 ( Blue Ridge Cave Trail)White MtnsArizonamoderateadvanced
Panorama Trail #635 ( Porter Mountain Trail)White MtnsArizonaModerateIntermediate
South Fork TrailWhite MtnsArizonaToughAdvanced
Sunrise ski resortWhite MtnsArizona NULL
Timber Mesa Trail #636White MtnsArizonamoderateAdvanced
Luna Lake Upper LoopWhite Mtns - AlpineArizonaeasyBeginner
Terry Flat LoopWhite Mtns - AlpineArizonaModerateBeginner
Los Burros loop 631White Mtns - Show LowArizonanot too toughintermdiate
Bill Williams MountainWilliamsArizonaNot too toughIntermediate
Sucamore Rim LoopWilliamsArizonanot for wimpsIntermediate
Gila MountainYumaArizonamoderateIntermediate
Martys Ridge to Liberty BellYumaArizonaeasyBeginner
Lower Rock Creek TrailBishopCaliforniaModerateAdvanced
Gabrielino TrailLos AngelesCaliforniamoderateAdvanced
Borrego dessert state parkSan DiegoCaliforniamoderateintermediate
Florida CanyonSan DiegoCaliforniaEasyBeginner
Miners Ridge TrailSan DiegoCaliforniaGood WorkoutIntermediate
Sun Devil waySan DiegoCaliforniagood workoutall levels
Anderson truck trailSan Diego - AlpineCaliforniaToughExpert
Marys LoopFruitaColoradoModerateIntermediate
Munro trailLanaiHawaiitoughintermediate
Secret TrailsMauiHawaiimoderateIntermediate
Mt HaleakalaMaui - Kula Forrest preserveHawaiiToughExpert
Aiea LoopOahuHawaiiModerateIntermediate
Kaaawa ValleyOahuHawaiiModerateBeginner
Maunawili TrailOahuHawaiimoderateadvanced
Canfield mtnCoeur d aleneIdahoFairly EasyIntermediate
Silver Mountain - Jack AssKelloggIdahodownhillexpert
Fischer Creek TrailStanleyIdahoFairly ToughIntermediate
Bad Tom / Cranky GulchWallaceIdaho??
Route of Hiawatha - Lookout pass ski resortWallaceIdahomoderateBeginner
Upper Glidden LakeWallaceIdaho??
B & A trailBaltimore - AnnapolisMDEasyBeginner
Lake Tahoe Rim Trail - Flume trail sectionLake TahoeNevadatoughAdvanced
Windsor Trail;Sante FeNew Mexico  
Amole CanyonTaosNew MexicoEasyBeginner
Thun trailBirdsboro - PottstownPennsEasyBeginner
French Creek st parkPhilidelphia - ReadingPennsmoderateIntermediate
Marsh Creek St parkPhilidelphia -ExtonPennsToughIntermediate
Springton Manor FarmsPhilidelphia -W ChesterPennsEasyBeginner
Mickelson TrailDeadwoodSDakotaLong rideBeginner
Lambert parkAlpineUtahmoderateall levels
Thunder mtnBryce CanyonUtahmoderateadvanced
Baby stepsMoabUtahmoderateAdvanced
Porcupine RimMoabUtahToughAdvanced
Slickrock trailMoabUtahdifficultExpert
Sovereign TrailMoabUtahintermediateintermediate
BST - Bonneville Shoreline TrailSalt Lake CityUtahToughIntermediate
Gooseberry MesaZionUtahModeratIntermediate
Little CreekZion - St. George -HurricaneUtahtoughAdvanced
Galbraith MtnBellinghamWashingtonall levelsAll levels
Greenline #6OlympiaWashingtonToughExpert
Cranberry LakeSeattle - AnacortesWashingtonmoderateIntermediate
Whistle LakeSeattle - AnacortesWashingtonDifficultExpert
Japanese GulchSeattle - MukilteoWashingtonmoderateIntermediat