Autumnal Equinox Blackstar Ride

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Added to Calendar: 09-21-18
  1. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    Ride Name: Autumnal Equinox Blackstar Ride
    When: Friday, September 21st
    Time: 5:30
    Where: Xmas Tree Farm on Blackstar Canyon Rd
    Ride Description or Details:
    Continuing in my new old tradition of doing the solstice and equinox rides, let's ride for the autumnal equinox.
    The actual equinox is Saturday evening, but we'll celebrate on Friday night.
    Meet next to the tree farm with a go time of 5:30 by Garmin or Verizon.
    Let's make a goal of meeting at the top about 7:30. If you are faster or slower you can adjust your start time or even location (Skyline for the 909ers?)
    Sunset is at 6:49 pm and so we will most likely see the sunset on the way up and it will be dark by the time we get to Beek's.
    Lights will be needed.
    BYO libations for the top or the end back at the cars.
    ?'s - Ask away.
    Invite others, let's make it a party.

    OC Parks is supposed to be working on the paved portion weekdays that week. Let's hope it doesn't impact this.

    ~~~~~ Optional Details ~~~~~
    Meet Location: Xmas Tree Farm on Blackstar Canyon Rd off of Silverado Canyon Road which is off of Santiago Canyon Road.
    Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Ride Pace: Social Cruise
    Type of Ride: Out and Back
    Rider Limit: Infinity minus one
    Anticipated Mileage: 18
    Elevation Gain: 2200
    Ride Duration: 3 hours
    Previous Ride Reports: https://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/2018-summer-solstice-ride-to-beeks.7509/

    https://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/unofficial-almost-end-of-summer-blackstar-ride.6489/

    Possible Bail-Outs: Turn around and go back, but you'll be missing out.
    Facilities: No water on trail. The world is our restroom.
    Food/water suggestions: Most get by on a bottle of water or so. Snacks if you want. Maybe a beer or two to toast at Beek's.
    Option to Upload:

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  2. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Sadly, I'm going to miss this one... :thumbsdown:
     
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  3. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    You'd have a shot at kitty litter redemption. :whistling:
     
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  4. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I'm gonna try to make this.
     
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  5. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    We shall see
     
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  6. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    I'll have to get drunk and ride somewhere up here in your honor this time. TFPU, Jim.
     
  7. BeckTrex

    BeckTrex Member

    Location:
    Yorba Linda, Ca
    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    2009 Giant Trance X3
    I'm going to miss this one, but I'll be sure to drink a beer at the appropriate time.
     
  8. MnMDan

    MnMDan Member

    Location:
    Irvine, CA
    Name:
    Dan Eitman
    Current Bike:
    Trek Superfly FS
    OC Public works is working only between 7am and 4pm Monday-Friday. You shouldn't have an issue. They have to close the road while they are working on it because they'll have heavy machinery breaking up the damage asphalt and replacing the stretch from the gate to 1-mile in (just past the first U-turn) with stabilized DG. It'll be fully accessible on the weekends and for night riding. If you do a "dawn patrol" and beat the crew out there, you may have to wait a bit so that you can pass safely.

    Walking around active construction sites for part of a living, even when people know what they are doing and are careful, $%@! happens. Watched someone trip and fall into a 6-foot deep trench on the same day a backhoe sliced a tire and rolled onto its side while carrying a trench plate. Nobody was hurt, but paranoia rules when it happens even when all precautions are taken.
     
  9. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    Gonna try to make this! A year ago it was this:

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  10. Andy

    Andy Member

    Location:
    The OC, Calif
    Name:
    Andy
    Current Bike:
    I've got a Silver Machine...
    As I finally purchased a light, this seems like a good opportunity to test it... :whistling:
     
  11. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    You don't really need a light - or at least it won't be a disaster if you don't have one. There is a lot of background illumination and Blackstar is a wide flat trail. We were just talking about this at the party and @mtnbikej doesn't even bring one. I found mine to be somewhat of a liability - even at low beam it would mess with my night vision.

    I bought a cheap red LED camp headlamp at CostCo that I have strapped under my saddle and I have it pointed straight down at the ground. It provides just enough red glow so that someone biking behind me will know I am there without me blinding them.

    When we did the Winter Solstice ride, it was pitch dark on the way up due to the short day length, and really windy. Even so @Faust29 and I did the climb in the complete dark and I didn't feel at all like I was going to ride off the trail. I might have gotten BLOWN off the trail, but that wasn't due to my lighting scheme :)
     
  12. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    Well, my procedure today was more extensive than I thought. Dr said I shouldn't mountain bike until the stitches come out in 2 weeks. Wouldn't want to tear it she said. I don't always think the same way as my Drs. We'll see in a couple of days.

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  13. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    She doesn't get that we can use intoxicants and mountain bike safely? Doomsday scenarios...pff. Change the bandage often and don't worry about sweating. I've got one coming up Oct 1st. I'll pound one then ride on it in honor of your event, and to your full recuperation.
     
  14. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    Wait, wut? You aren't going to be there? :(
     
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  15. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    I'll show up no matter what. Riding might be out. I'll be able to post a grphic pic tomorrow. Forgot to get a pic before the bandaging.
     
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