Who the Hell is maadjurguer?

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I like to ski, mountain bike, drink beer, cook and listen to any jam band I can get my hands on; all while making a complete ass of myself. Hopefully this catharsis is as interesting to others as it is to me.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Yesterday was my off Friday, which means getting out of the heat to go ride in the pines. Turning north to the rim, I set out to ride an out and back on the General Crook from it's intersection with highway 87, 25 miles out to Dane Spring, look for a decent at large camping spot for the 4th of July weekend with Mrs. maadjurguer and furry beasts and then return. If my online mapping was correct, this would give me a nice even 50 miles with close to 5 grand in elevation gained....turn-n-burn time at 7500 ft.

With only a 20% chance of thunderstorms after 11am, and a hard stop for riding at 1pm due to box seats at the Diamondbacks game back down in PHX later in the evening, I figured that I needed to leave the car no later than 8 to be back in PHX by 3. In the end, I was only off by 30 minutes or so.....I forgot to factor in lollygaggin time....

The chevrons on the tree mark the General Crook trail along it's length...not that I needed it....just keep the trees on one side.....

.....the cliffs on the other side.....and the rubber side down....it's all good.

Arriving at Dane Spring, I noticed the cabin needed a little fixing up....

But the view out the window wasn't half bad.

The spring was still running, cool and clear

.....but I filtered it anyways...I mean, I enjoy reading Dirt Rag on the toilet as much as the next guy...but I can't say sitting on the toilet for hours on end is better than sitting on a saddle for hours on end.

I almost lost myself at the spring, smelling the roses....or more appropriately, rosa arizonica. I was lucky to see this guy....the flowers only last one day. They're also noted for their very fragrant hips which make a great tea.

On the last climb back to the car, I had to stop and snap a shot of the Golden Columbine, aquilegia chrysantha.

Standing out on a hillside full of impossibly green ferns, it made for a worthy stop.

Total time: 5:09
Moving time: 4:46
Lollygaggin time: 23 minutes
Distance: 50.08 miles
Vertical ft gained: 5010


chollaball said...

very nice. hope to tag along with you sometime and get a tour. a few more of those and you will be very ready for the Crazy 88.

Mike said...

Rim country is a sweet getaway. Mind emailing me your tracks? I'd like to explore that area too. I'm also up for a tour.

Anonymous said...

I like that handlebar Pano.
c u at the 88 if not before. We will be camping fri and sat. tRoy

Anonymous said...

Mike...you should have the gpx track in your inbox now...took me a while to get my stuff together after the holiday week and a week out of town for biz.

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