Saturday, November 22, 2008

quiet clarity

today was amazingly clear. that sun was so crisp. just awesome.



felt kind of guilty for not doing trailwork today, but needed to get the dogs out, and needed to get myself out too.


it was a completely off trail day. started out going south, but then dropped all the way to the bottom and headed north. climbed and descended probably 25 cliffs and rock ledges. it was awesome, if not a little dangerous at times, and probably flat out stupid at other times. but it was that kind of day - a "do something stupid today" sort of day, and i was going to do something stupid come hell or high water. only fell once, but after a tumble landed on my feet and kind of slid down the rest of the way like i was skiing. stopped. looked around, and wished for a moment there was someone there to see it.


Also found some places i had not been. an awesome over look that was just best view of the north river i have seen around here. ended up sitting down and enjoying it for 30 minutes or so. it was just really nice.



also found some new trails that someone has been working on. i might have been in camp gieger, i have no idea. but the trails ran and ran and ran. shawn, have you been over there working?

6 comments:

JDOUG said...

I think camp giger is up north of sunbridge. Not sure though? Are they ridable?

lansenm said...

yeah, they would be rideable, but they don't look like they have been yet. once broken in they will be fun, just not sure if they are legal or not. i was pretty far north of sunbridge. you know where the road leading to the parking lot ends? well it was a long hike back through the bush before i ran into the end of that road. so i'm not sure where i was, but there was a house or something back in the woods with beware of dog signs all around it.

jspell said...

Another nice write up! I think you must have gone through the old quarry and into Camp Gieger. We used to ride in the quarry many years ago. Randy probably remembers it better. They used to ride motorcycles there but now I think it all belongs to the Boy Scouts. I remember going down hills with the canti brakes and not being able to slow down!

Has anyone looked at the Heartland and Midwest Fat Tire web sights??
I doesn't look like we will be doing any XC races very close.

jspell said...

Another nice write up! I think you must have gone through the old quarry and into Camp Gieger. We used to ride in the quarry many years ago. Randy probably remembers it better. They used to ride motorcycles there but now I think it all belongs to the Boy Scouts. I remember going down hills with the canti brakes and not being able to slow down!

Has anyone looked at the Heartland and Midwest Fat Tire web sights??
I doesn't look like we will be doing any XC races very close. Hopefully I missed something, but everything lookds like a long drive.

Anonymous said...

Lots of potential at sunbridge! More rock and great views. Quarries, mines (not landmines), caves, and sinkholes if you know where to look :)

Adam

choppe said...

Jim,
I emailed Barbie Miller (Midwest Fat Tire Series Chairperson) last week about the lack of races in this area. She said there was a race in St. Joseph on June 21st but she obviously was mistaken as that race is St. Joes State Park in Farmington, MO.
I replied with the correction and also gave her Shawn's number in case she wanted to contact him about a possible race here.
Never heard anything back from her but maybe Shawn did?