Epic Palm Canyon Trail on Saturday February 16, 2008

Photos of the North Ranch Mountain Bikers of Ventura County. These photos are from Norm. Thanks! Click on an image to see it full size.

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This is an Epic XC ride with a 45 minute shuttle. Here we are leaving Palm Springs.
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Climbing into the mountains on Hwy 74
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Still snow on the mountains. We are headed up that high.
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A view down to the valley. The destination of our ride which is 30 miles long.
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At the start of our ride. Left to right. Brett, Brad, John, Michelle, Mark, Rainer.
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Group photo with yours truly, Norman, in the group.
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Obligatory snow photo. In the mountains headed towards the desert. 6000+ feet of total descent.
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Mark checking out the scenery.
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This mechanical was caused by a bike shop not installing the derailleur properly. The bike was jumping gears.
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More desert scenery as we make our way through the canyons towards Palm Springs.
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Looking back up towards the mountains where we started.
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Our lunch stop. Still some water flowing from the recent weather. A desert oasis.
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Michelle showing my water bottle she picked up. Earlier she picked up something much more valuable. My GPS which fell off my bike
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Just can’t get everyone looking at the camera at the same time.
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The 4.5 mile sandy road/wash. A necessary evil to connect the good trails.
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Michelle wonders if the rest of us are coming.
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The end of the sandy wash climb. Michelle and Brett are going to switch bikes.
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Michelle was riding a single speed bike. One climb on a single speed was enough for Brett. Never again he says.
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Our next rest spot. Brad and Michelle.
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Two ways to go here. Down the fire road or down the technical rocky trail by the sign.
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Back in town and Brett broke a chain when we hit pavement.
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Where’s John been.
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Oops, he had a flat. A nail in his tire.
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Kicking back on the grass.
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Brett used a cameback for a tripod to do a group photo.
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Badge of honor. Not from cactus. Some of the brush have thorns.