RR: Kokopelli 2019

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Mikie, May 13, 2019.



  1. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    2019 Kokopelli happened!
    People showed, people go'ed, and people did NOT implode!

    This being my 6 trip on the Bikerpelli tour bus I have to say once again it ran spectacularly!
    I was very concerned about the weather. We were pelted with heavy rain many times on the drive out.

    Cathy, @Voodoo Tom and I drove out in my Dodge Ram Pickup, hitting the pavement from my house at 5:00am and drove nonstop to Moab only stopping for fuel and grub. We made good time and arrived at the Moab Valley RV Park right around 5:30pm.

    @mtnbikej, @Faust29, @Fijirob, workmate of Rob's named Aric were already there. @Luis and his family Margie and Johnny were right behind us by about 40 minutes. @HBkites, @Stkx66, @Luis 's friend and now ours even more Pete, @erjzacher and his friend from Florida Justin were all in Fruita.

    We stayed at the Moab Valley RV Park in a cabin, uh... they are cozy and we under rented. We had to move a table and two chairs on to the porch so that Voodoo Tom could inflate an air mattress and sleep on the floor. Lesson learned there! But not before hitting up my favorite place to eat Eddie McStiff's!

    Around the Table: @Luis, Margie, Johnny, @Mikie, Cathy, @Faust29 (Steve), Aric, @Fijirob (Rob), @mtnbikej (J), and @Voodoo Tom!
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    We got together Thursday morning at 6:30am meeting in the Moab Valley RV parking lot where we loaded up all the gear to have our two professional shuttle drivers take us to Mack Road and hour and 18 minutes away just outside of Fruita Colorado.

    Steve inspecting the bike load and taking pics for insurance purposes.
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    Professional Shuttle Driver number 1: Mrs. imtbtrails, Cathy.

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    @mtnbikej ! He cut off all his hair so he would not pull it out on the trail with me (True statement!)
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    @Faust29 (Steve)!

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    @Voodoo Tom ! I'm not sure exactly what is going on here...
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    @Fijirob. Stoked and anxious all at the same time!
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    Professional shuttle driver number 2. Margie the magnificent!
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    Aric! I assume this is how he spells his name since he told someone Aric with no "E".

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    Johnny! Son of Luis and Margie. They don't get much better than this guy!

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    Then there is this guy... @Luis.
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    Making sure the bikes are safe.

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    The horses, chomping at the bit.
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    What road trip is complete without the selfie and company pics?
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    Professional Driver Number 1 drives with her eyes closed. Yes... She is that good.
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    Despite our concerns with braille shuttle activity, we made it to Fruita safely and completely "physically" unharmed. The parking lot was already a-buzz with activity.
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  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Day 1
    The Technical day...
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    Day 1 is get signed in, mandatory riders meeting, harass Alex the owner/ride coordinator of Bikerpelli as much as possible, load up our duffel bags in the Penske vans, and take off in 4 waves of riders, the fastest riders first. I suggested we go in wave 2 so as to not get stuck behind so many riders that are not used to technical riding. That "seemed" to work well until @mtnbikej spotted the outhouse right before we turn up the road and on to the drop to the Kokopelli trailhead... :gotnothing::rolleyes: and we let a boatload of participants by us. But it worked out okay.

    Hooligans...
    Left to Right: Tom , Eric Zacher, Aric, Mikie, J, Steve B, Steve M, Sharone, Rob, and Luis!
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    Eric Zacher decided to ride in wave 4 with his buddy Justin who had prepped for this ride in Florida by riding 385 miles...:gotnothing: So yeah, Justin made a good choice to ride in wave 4.

    When wave 2 took off... Off we went!
    I don't want to write up all the details as I would like for the rest of the hooligans to share their experience in details. I took 175 pics and whittled it down to 95 pics so I am going to post pics and captions...

    We ended up a rider group of 10: Tom, Aric, Rob, Jason, Steve 3.0, Steve Macko, Luis, Sharone, Pete, and myself. Our goal was to cruise this at a pace that would get us through the day, but on time... I have already had it explained to me that I do not understand the word cruise. :gotnothing: I'm sorry...


    Tom aka @Voodoo Tom...

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    Sharone aka @HBkites...

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    Pete now @peteNes ! Welcome to imtbtrails brothah!

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    Steve 3.0 aka socially awkward Steve, aka Hot Dog Steve, aka
    The rider surpriser to us all! Hot Dawg has a whole new meaning for this sleeper...:eek:

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    Rob aka @Fijirob!
    You did it! You lived it! You rocked it! Who was the professional photographer here? :rolleyes:

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    Steve aka @Faust29. Seems to be happy about things...

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    A few loose Hooligans...

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    The Crossing of Salt Creek...
    So the bridge that crosses Salt Creek is always fun. It marks the end of the initial three loops called the Fruita Loops (seriously, that's what they call them) Mary's Loop, Lions Loop, and Troy Built Loop.

    Aric... ALWAYS smiling. Even when he says, This Sucks!"

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    Pete, the quietest guy on the trip. Always had a low key smile going...
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    Then... There is this guy. Awkward Steve, Steve 3.0, uh, Hot Dog Steve...
    To me, this guy transformed into Hot Dawg Steve. I liked it! Who is taking this pic?!?!?!?

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    ROB! Digging it!

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    Voodoo-ster! Always cool under pressure...

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    Luis! The Man!

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    Crossing Salt Creek we spin along to get to a serious Hike-A-Bike which leads to another Hike-A-Bike, which then leads to another Hike-A-Bike. Really, after you have done them a couple of times you get used to them. We spin a while on fire road that get's us to the mid check point and lunch! After lunch? The Western Rim Trail!


    This is the first Hike-A-Bike. It's not Epic unless there is Hike-A-Bikes!
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    After lunch and lubing my chain "BECAUSE I WANTED TO!" We take off past Castle Rock after about 5 miles of silty red powdered sand to get to the Western Rim Trail. This trail for me is notably a highlight as it is fun and flowy and everywhere you look it is an absolute "Post Card" as Rob put it.

    Castle Rock...
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    Hitting the Western Rim Trail is one of the best features of the Kokopelli Trail! Here we are getting ready to dive in!

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    A face only a Muthah could love!
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    The magnificent 10! Lucky too!

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    If you look at the STRAVA profile above... it's okay @herzalot, you can "look" at STRAVA :rolleyes:, it shows at the very end of the ride this hellacious last climb to final camp for day 1 on top of a huge butte.
    This is the road at the top of that quarter mile of hell same road at the bottom.

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    The Dining Room window... yeah you guys blew it, you should have went.
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    Yeah, you guys blew it, you should have went... Taco Thursday!
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    Yeah, that's Day 1...
     
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Day Two.
    The long Haul...
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    Day 2 is according to Alex just a long roadie miles type day. He's lying. :eek: He left out the rest...
    It's long miles with a shuttle to a quick chunky drop, then a brutal climb to a supah chunk 4 wheel drive road, then the Rose Garden, then another long grind climb to the valley we stay in that night.

    It starts out, oh so easy with a nice 4 wheel drive road to Harley Dome Road, barely a two laner. Then we ride a long trek across a ancient ocean bed to reach the Colorado river again where we follow the river for a bit, then climb out of the river basin to drop onto State Route 128 to Check in and lunch. There we get shuttled up about 6 miles to a drop off point, bomb... then climb a tough after mid day ride for what seems like eternity to hit that 4 Wheel Drive road. To be honest? It's worth it! I don't think I have EVER seen such a big smile on @mtnbikej 's face playing in the rough!

    Not many pics of this day as it goes from boring to extreme. Highlight of the day was some chick trying to "Chick" us out of the next shuttle. @HBkites got a little rough with her :rolleyes:. Alex had to jump in and said handle it or "he" would handle it. We suggested go by "check in" time to lunch which Chick mistakenly agreed to. I knew we had them at that point. This gave us the strategy of getting the shuttle with the Thule wheel rack as oppose to the hideous crank arm slots! :eek: We "chicked" the Chickster and she was not happy... but it was fair and square... :thumbsup:

    Mr. Smiles... Mr. Luis. There is a mountain in those background clouds. A mountain we will be riding to today.

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    "J" seemed pretty alright as well.
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    You don't realize it... but he is grinning from ear to ear!

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    :eek:What happen?!?!? Make up overload on Sharone. Blend brothah... blend!
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    Aric, as promised... Huge Grin Guy!

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    Gaggle of Hooligans to include Keith aka @YETIKK out of Colorado. Brother to Brian Kiggins also a member here who has done Kokopelli with us! Does @Faust29 's smile look forced?
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    Some beasts, released!
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    Tom the Voodoo Man!
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    This is the happiest I have ever seen Sharone @HBkites !
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    Horrible Colorado pics again...:sneaky:
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    Man that guy is dashing!
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    Almost to Check in point one for lunch, we uh, hit a construction zone and had to wait our turn...
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    The Rose Garden
    Fast forward to after Check In, the Chicked Chick, the Shuttle, the Brutal Climb, the Crazy Awesome 4 Wheel Drive Drop, to where we are now at the Rose Garden. To be honest? It has sanitized a LOT in the last two years. The top was totally doable but there was about a 20 foot sectin upper mid point that only one person of the entire Bikerpelli group cleaned less one dab... and that was Aric! :eek: What the F...!!!
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    That road off in the distance background of the above pic is actually that last big grind climb up to a valley that we stayed in night number two. Should give some perspective as to how steep the Rose Garden drop is.

    The climbing for Day two is done! One more mile and it is a left turn into Camp two for the night of margaritas, brew, and excellent food and company!
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    Me and my partner in crime!

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    Home Sahhhweeeeet Home! I think I was much "quieter" on night two...:unsure:
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    Room with a view. Right now Hot Dawg Steve is setting up his camp spot. Everybody seemed farther away on night two...:rolleyes:o_O
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    ...and then the morning light of Day 3! Climbing day and then the World Class Porcupine Singletrack system!


    Day two is in the bag!
     
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Day 3
    Climbing Day with a Yugh Payoff!

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    A new day, Day 3!

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    Day 3 can be considered brutal. You are tired. been riding two straight days with some big climbs and punchy chunk. Now you got 17 miles of fire road grind with a false summit to get over the La Sal Mountain Range.
    Ehhh. No biggie if you trained, but it still hurts... :rolleyes: I started out sluggish, I was tired and I'm slow off the start anymore with these aging bones. So the group in the beginning was overtaking me. But I just chugged on. It's long haul and you got to think about the big picture and just think one pedal stroke at a time and remember the killer reward at the end of the day... Epic Porcupine Ridge!


    Voodoo Tom with snow capped mountains behind him and we were already around 7800 feet elevation where we sat!
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    Sharone in the foreground, but look at this guy behind him. Yup! Hot Dawg Steve! What in the world?!?!?
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    From High Desert to High Alpine in just a matter of a couple hours...

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    The bottom after the false summit is a bridge with rushing ice cold water blasting underneath it. You can look East to see the Valley we climbed up out of.

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    Just past the summit there is a little info parking lot that highlights some petrified dinosaurs foot prints. Supposedly the real deal! So it was a moral imperative to stop and check it out!

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    We then bomb down a paved road to Lunch Check in for Day 3. I don't think I have ever gone faster on my mountain bike. I hit 47.7 miles per hour on that winding twisty paved road. It was cold but it was fast!

    Fast forward to UPS and LPS. I took the traditional pics and then as usual just bombed it from there.

    Voodoo at the Shuttle Drop off. Views were okay...
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    Then of course the classics!
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    This is the heavy duty switchback i would love to see someone clean!

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    At the very bottom and now cruising in to home plate back in Moab at the Moab Valley RV Park. This is the cruise in victory lap.
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    Back at the finish... I got some smiley face pics. I missed some folks and I am very sorry about that!

    Rob!

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    Steve!
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    Luis!
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    #Ihateyoumikie #fumikie... Tom!
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    Sharone! Smiling!
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    Margie!
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    Johnny!

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    Eric!
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    ...annnnnnd Pete!
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    Another classic under the belt...
    At the Awards ceremony, our group actually won 3 of them. Biggest Crash (Sharone), Freshest Newbie (Justin with 385 miles of training in Florida), and the "Who suckered the most people to show up for Bikerpelli (Yours Truly!:inlove:)


    The Who Suckered the most people to ride Bikerpelli Award!
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  5. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
  6. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    So good...is this not the stuff we live for??

    TFPU!!!!!
     
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Yup! That's it! :rolleyes:
    As I write up Day's One, Two, and Three, I'm hoping all that rode will post up their reports and pics. Hoping for a cool conglomerate of write ups and I don't want to steer or taint their perspectives. I am writing up Day 1 as I type this. :thumbsup:
     
  8. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    It's gonna be a little while....still digesting.
     
  9. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Yeah... Make them wait. Let's not tell them just yet which IMTBer dropped his drawers in front of the whole crowd at the end!
     
  10. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    I'm gonna have to do this for my AZTR trip report. :thumbsup:
     
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    All,
    I just realized I was uploading full sized pics. So this is going to take eternity to load. I will replace them with reduced sized pics.
    Sorry about that!

    Edit:
    Done!
     
  12. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    @Mikie Cannot view second set of pics? Last viewable pic is Luis the Man crossing the bridge.
     
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  13. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
     
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  14. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    @Tom the Bomb, refresh your screen. That usually works here for me when I can only see the image codes.
     
  15. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    No that did not work.
     
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  16. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Darn
     
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  17. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    I'm with TTB on this, lots of the pics aren't loading for me. Tried on 3 different devices as well as refreshing the screen bunches of times and seems pretty random as to what pictures I can see. The ones that show up are f'ing badazz though...
     
  18. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    I'm calling GoDaddy tomorrow. This has been a cluster F with the new server. Thanks for your kindness all!
     
  19. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Wow what an adventure!!! :geek: Thank you guys for sharing so much!!! :D
     
  20. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
  21. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    On my Samsung Android on Verizon I see all the pics just fine. Maybe resizing for mobile?
    Looks like a great adventure!
     
  22. Old&InTheWay

    Old&InTheWay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orange, Ca.
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    2017 Intense Primer Pro
    Thanks for that info, can also view the photos on phone :thumbsup:

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  23. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Great job!
    This shuttle drivers look a little shady though....
     
  24. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    That's a fun pic but I noticed immediately that @Voodoo Tom has a water bottle in his hand instead of a Shock Top. :D
     
  25. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I wouldn't worry. Tom stepped up and did his part in the beer consumption. I tried to hang on, but fell off the back! :D
     
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  26. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    Some German you are....
     
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  27. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Long day so I had a bottle of tailwinds recovery before round 2 of trying to blow the Dos Equis keg. It was floating but going flat so I behaved :confused:...
     
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  28. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    I am at work and just checked. I can see all the pics above. o_O Maybe I overloaded the server with Koko pics?
    Let me know!
     
  29. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    No sir, they are not showing. I can see only codes.

    Actually, I see the first half of the images and the rest are codes.
     
  30. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    :eek::bang::mad:
     
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