Great evening rides are now the norm at the 50 year trail, so much so that I have been timing the sunsets perfectly. The best place for sunsets is the top of Gem Trail.
Tuesday had another good showing of riders.
Lighting was incredible as the evening progressed.
Then, Benji and Ty met at my house for a new idea that Scott and I had been mulling over. It's called the TOR50LITA....a combination of a 50 year and the Tortolita Loop.
In a nutsheel....50-year, Deer, Cherry, Round the Mtn, Gem, Chutes, Edwin, Goat, Wild Mustang, Upper Javelina, Moore Rd, Como, Maus, Powerline Rd to a rarely used (near bushwack) double track back to Oracle Rd.
Brilliant, eh? We did the route counter clockwise, but I think it might be best clockwise.
These two pictures are reason enough to do the ride again.
Very little of this, given the techy nature of this route. Here is the group on Around the Mtn.
I need to bring some loppers up here soon, Cherry tank is pretty overgrown. Around the Mountain is hard to navigate at times.
Some amazing new trail (thanks to Mark F and Co.) in the Tortolitas make this route work.
Scott and I helped reroute this section with Mark a few years ago. It's fun to see what happens after trail building occur.
Photo by Ty Brookhart
After dropping from Upper Javelina, Ty had a flat at the bead. I had to be somewhere, so I bolted and left Benji and Ty. All of us skipped the Como-Maus option that I mentioned before.
It was about a 6 hour moving time ride, 7 hours of overall time. I expect the final route to be posted in 2 weeks, February 11th is the tentative date.
Some more riding at 50 Year the rest of the week....