Last week a long lost friend Tommy came out to visit. I haven’t seen him in 13 years. When I left the Army I moved back to San Diego and we lost touch with each other. Tommy and I were mountain bike best buds. Since we lost contact he’s worked at bike shops, as a machinist, and most recently as a yacht engineer. A few weeks ago we were talking and I mentioned since both of us were unemployed he should fly out and we’ll go ride! He took me up on the offer.
So, last weekend we took him on some super fun rides. Tommy sent out a downhill bike to ride, so, obviously we had to go on some downhill rides! Saturday we took him to Anderson Truck Trail and did a couple of runs. He was super stoked. (The funny thing is, he owns a downhill bike and never downhilled it until last weekend). We were able to get in two runs. No major crashes so that was good. But somewhere along the way he smashed the chain guide with a rock and cracked the ISCG mounts on his brand new Intense M3. (More on that later)
Sunday, we took him to ride Noble Canyon. Our local epic ride. Since it is more of a cross country ride I ran around trying to find a bike for him to ride. (Riding a downhill bike there would suck). Finally it occurred to me to go get my old cross country bike from Vaughn. I grabbed that Sunday morning and did a once over. Needed new tubes, brakes bleed, derailleurs aligned, chain cleaned and lubed and a good once over. I guess it had been sitting a while.
The plan was to meet Ryan and Michelle in Pine Valley around 12:30 and head out from there. We lagged a little bit. Alison, Tommy & I caught up to the on the highway so our laggery was of no consequence.
We loaded the bikes up in the truck and shuttled to the meadow off Sunrise Highway. (I know, we’re shuttle-monkeys) A bit chilly but sunny so it was all good. Pedaled up the old decomposed road and cruised on down Los Gatos Ravine to the Big Laguna trail. Went around the west side of the lake and over to Penny Pines. From there it was full steam ahead for Noble Canyon!
Tommy had never ridden this ride and the last time I rode it was over 10 years ago on a hard tail. What an incredible trail. I wish I had done it sooner and will definitely do it more often. Just beautiful!!! Everyone did great riding up and down including the chunky rock sections. I have helmet cam footage I’m editing currently to show off more of the ride. By the smile on Tommy’s face at the end we could tell that he truly loved this ride. We had only one mishap, Tommy smoked us all and got way ahead. And, instead of waiting at a fork in the trail he motored on. We had a little drama due to this, but, at the end we all reunited at the car and shared some delicious adult beverags, peanutbutter & jelly, and Nutter Butters!!!
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