I finally purchased my Alpacka Raft (packraft) and had to give it a go.


I tend to like to start my day off brewing some coffee or Yerba Mate and watch youtube or vimeo adventure videos and since I had purchased a fatbike, I punched in Fatbike keywords a lot so I came across this vid

Lost Coast Fat Bike and Packraft: Pedal, Paddle, and Push 

which had triggered a new want list. 2 years later I saved the cash to make this purchase. less then a week later the UPS man dropped the box off at my door step. I became very giddy and excited to try this new toy. I had to wait another week because I didn’t think about how I was going to carry this item. So I pulled the trigger on a Revelate Designs Harness which I also wanted for bikepacking. It was time to give it a go all my items where here. I packed my dakine hydration pack with a coffee making kit a Sculpin Pale Ale and a couple PBnJ sandwiches in case I was going to have a long day.

The day started off cool like it was going to snow so I was dressed in my merino wool and my bike riding fleece jacket and stopped by Basecamp cafe for breakfast

Breakfast at Basecamp Cafe

Breakfast at Basecamp Cafe

After a full belly I was nice and warm and ready to ride. I started on the bike path thru Aspen trees.

Aspen Trees bike Path Ride

Aspen Trees bike Path Ride

After riding down a 4 mile gravel road I had to make a few adjustments with the raft and paddle. My paddle was the Manta Ray Carbon paddle 4 piece. Once down the 4 mile gravel road I hit a mile of nice single track with some brush I was rubbing the brush with my paddle. I only had the paddle broken down in two pieces. After riding along I realized if I broke the paddle down in 4 pieces I would be okay. I was learning as I went along I could stuff the shaft part of the paddle inside the stock Alpacka Raft bag and the paddle piece would stay fine wrapped in the harness.

Singletrack underneath hwy 395

Singletrack underneath hwy 395

Now that I got the kinks out I was rolling great. I was looking forward to getting to the hot springs and brewing some coffee and enjoying the surroundings. I stopped had a look back at Mammoth Mountain to realize how far I had ridden. Then I kept riding.

A look back on Hot Creek Road

A look back on Hot Creek Road

I made a stop at Hot Creek the Turquoise Pools reminded me of Yellowstone National Park.

Hot Creek Pools

Hot Creek Pools

I was off to a hot spring that where safe to soak in.

brewing Coffee At a hot spring

brewing Coffee At a hot spring

After an 18 mile bike ride I reached a fav hot spring. I broke out my coffee kit and began to brew some nectar of the gods.

While waiting for the coffee to brew I took in the 360 views and relaxed as the warm water soothed the muscles. After sipping on the coffee the sun started to warm up. I packed up the coffee kit and pedaled on thru a cow made singletrack thru a meadow.

Cattle made singletrack

Cattle made singletrack

About 3 miles more I reached the river bank of the Upper Owens River near Browns Campground a popular place for Anglers during fishing season.

Once I set my packraft up I reached in my hydration pack in pulled out a Sculpin Pale Ale, Sat on my boat and enjoyed once again the views of the Eastern Sierra, Glass Mountains and White Mountains.

Alpacka Raft on the river bank

Alpacka Raft on the river bank

The weather warmed up to about 60F degrees. When I left my house it was 30F degrees. I was happy it had warmed up because the river was running low due to are California Drought lowest snowfall on record since they where keeping track in 1895. I had to get out of the boat a couple times because I was getting beached and I was getting wet.

Getting Beached

Getting Beached

I did not order my Packraft with a Spray Deck so I will be sending it back in the future to have one installed.

I floated down the river almost 3 miles picking my way thru the deeper part of the river I did drag a few times and was impressed with the durability of the raft and liked how I was able to tie down the bike and pack to the raft and float down the river. Once I reached my out and rolled the raft up and packed down on the harness I figured out even a better way to pack it on the bike. I was getting hungry pulled out a PBnJ sandwich put on my jacket and headed 20 miles back to home.

The Map of my adventure

The Map of my adventure

Here is a 3 minute edit of the trip.

https://www.strava.com/activities/269444504 

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A fatbike trip to Jalama Beach


There is a beach that I really enjoy camping out at it is called Jalama Beach.

Early Sunrise campout Jalama Beach

Early Sunrise campout Jalama Beach

High Tide waiting for it to drop.

High Tide waiting for it to drop.

I love that I can bring my fatbike and ride almost 12 miles of coastline and rarely see people. You do want to check the tide report on this ride because hide tide it is not ridable.

I also like to bring my surfboard and paddle board. The Jalama Beach store has a great breakfast

The Jalama Beach store and Cafe

The Jalama Beach store and Cafe

Early Morning Breakfast Burrito

Early Morning Breakfast Burrito

and of course the Jalama Burger.

A Jalama Burger and local 805 beer

A Jalama Burger and local 805 beer

A nice drive to get here but well worth it for I. hope you enjoy the vid I threw together.

Jalama Beach Ride

Jalama Beach Ride

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Fattie Style Singletrack Snow Riding on Uptown Downtown Loop


Fattie Style Singletrack Snow Riding on Uptown Downtown Loop.

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A great ride with the Reno Truckee Fatbike group.


Since we didn’t really have a Global Fatbike group ride with peeps in Mammoth. I wanted to ride with some fatbikers so I went to the NV Fatbike group and saw they do a group night ride on Tuesdays and heck I am off work on Tuesday night so I thought I would book a room at Circus Circus. Found out they where meeting at 5:00 pm at Raleys Shopping center on Mt. Rose Highway. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Loaded are bikes in Shawn’s Truck and drove up to I believe Mt Rose Tahoe Rim Trail.

Underloading 5 Fatbikes from the truck

Unloading 5 Fatbikes from the truck

We started the trail it was perfect packed down by dog walkers singletrack

The Surly Moonlander rolling snowpacked singletrack

The Surly Moonlander rolling snowpacked singletrack

After about a 1.5 mile the snow was not as packed down but the large 4.7inch tires of The Boreals Echo and Surly moonlander broke trail and the Salsa Beargrease and 9zero7 and me riding last on my Salsa Mukluk it was pretty ridable by then.

Had to stop and take a photo against the tree

Had to stop and take a photo against the tree

We took a few breaks chatted took shots of whiskey and enjoyed the weather and sights.

Taking a Break against a big rock and yes another shot of whiskey.

Taking a Break against a big rock and yes another shot of whiskey.

We started the ride at 6pm ish we stopped for photos rode out about 5.5 miles. oh yes and sips of the Billit Boubon nice social night ride I haven’t had this much fun on a fatbike since riding with the Ogden Fatbike Summit ride on the Snowbasin trail and BarBque. Wished I kinda lived closer to ride with this group more often.

We got back to the car it was about 9:30 pm

Bikes Leaning against the Snowbank for the return back to Reno, NV

Bikes Leaning against the Snowbank for the return back to Reno, NV

We loaded the bikes back up and drove back down Mt Rose Highway to are cars.

Riding with that group on the snowpacked single track sure was a Hoot.

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I Global Fat bike Day


December 6th was Global Fatbike Day. I really wanted to join the Tahoe -Reno group for Fatbike day but I had to work at 3pm there was no way I was going to make it make it back in time.

Global Fat Bike Day

Global Fat Bike Day

The people I usually fatbike with where out of down so I went on a solo mission to my favorite winter spring riding area around the Owens Gorge.

I had to start with a hearty favorite diner breakfast at Toms Place (est 1917) to warm me up.

Toms Place (est 1917)

Toms Place (est 1917)

I was good and full and ready to explore for a 3 hour ride of sand, snow and double track.

Tunnel under Highway 395

Tunnel under Highway 395

I started off on a trail that starts behind Toms Place and leads to a tunnel underneath highway 395 and cuts thru the neighborhood of Sunny Slopes. I really like riding this area with my fatbike its ridable on a regular MTB bike but the Fatty floats over the sandy double track with ease.

Starting the trail just past the neighborhood

Starting the trail just past the neighborhood

There was just the right amount of snow to have fun to cold roll.

Looking back taking it in

Looking back taking it in

Riding thru the rolling sandy, snowy, sagebrush meets pine trees you can’t help but get great views of the Grand Sierras.

Looking towards the Grand Eastern Sierra

Looking towards the Grand Eastern Sierra

Heading to the Owens Gorge kinda a secret hidden Gem where its common to see Golden Eagle, Bald Eagles, Falcons, Ospreys and Red Tail Hawks soaring.

Riding to the Owens Gorge

Riding to the Owens Gorge

The highlight of this ride is arriving to one of the look outs and perch on a rock and look with amazement.

Owens Gorge the Owens Valley Grand Canyon

Owens Gorge the Owens Valley Grand Canyon

After enjoying the views of the Gorge it was time to head back to the car. I snaked thru piles of Volcanic Rocks more sandy double jeep track, pines trees, and sage for another 30 minutes of riding.

Heading back to Toms Place to grab a Ginger Ale

Heading back to Toms Place to grab a Ginger Ale

Once back at Toms Place I grabbed a bottle of ginger ale for some sugars and something other then water.

That was a Happy Global Fatbike Day.

Map of Owens Gorge Ride

Map of Owens Gorge Ride

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Fatbikes showed up at the Kamikaze Games


Fatbikes showed up at the Kamikaze Games

Last year 2013 the Kamikaze Bike Games decided to add a Fatbike Class. There where two of us who decided to race are fatbikes.

I raced Dual Slalom and Cross Country and another Fatbiker decided to race his SingleSpeed Fatbike in the Enduro for giggles.

Alan Jacoby racing his Single Speed Salsa Mukluk in the Enduro.

Alan Jacoby racing his Single Speed Salsa Mukluk in the Enduro.

 

I had no competitors in Dual Slalom so I decided to just race in my class and end up winning my class.

 

fat-bike-dual-slalom

I dual slalom

I also raced my fatbike in the Cross Country and taking third in regular XC race.

So I wanted to get a suspension fork for my Fat-Bike for next summer season of riding because I was dinging my rims running low pressure. I googled fatbike bike suspension forks and found 11|NINE fatbikes out of Las Vegas, NV. Sent them an email and found they where sponsoring a super-D race at Bootleg. I signed up went out to bootleg raced and bought a fork from 11|NINE the Co. was great and talked to them about Mammoth.  11|NINE Fatbikes also makes great full suspension Fatbikes. 11|NINE said they would talk to the promoters to see if we could add a Fatbike class to the OLD SCHOOL grand daddy of downhill the Kamikaze.

“The Mammoth Kamikaze was the most important downhill race from the mid ’80s to the late ’90s.” — Jimmy Deaton

monster fatbike

Monster Girls Like Fatbikes

So here it was Kamikaze Bike Games 2014  went from 2 Fatbikers in 2013 to 8 in 2014 I thought it was pretty exciting.

11|NINE showed up with three different types of fatbikes

(SIMUS – Front Suspension Hard Tail)(Epicyon – Fixed pivot full suspension)(hemicyon – Fixed pivot full suspension Downhill)

Foes Bikes showed up with there full squish

Turner full squish

Specialized Fatboy

and I on my Salsa Mukluk

There was also an Adaptive 3 wheeled Fatbike very cool thought we would see the Boreales Clown Guy or the Salsa Bucksaw but a no-show.

Adaptive 3 wheeled Fatbike

Adaptive 3 wheeled Fatbike

Practice was fast and fun. Racing a hard fatbike bike 50 plus miles an hour reminded me of the old days except wondering how we went so fast with no suspension.

Practice Day on my HardTail Salsa Mukluk

Practice Day on my HardTail Salsa Mukluk

strolling around the pits after practice. I saw the Foes Fatbike.

Foes Fatbike around the pits.

Foes Fatbike around the pits.

The next day it was race time the Kamikaze fast as fu$# had been ruffed up.

Abdaptive 3 wheel racing

Abdaptive 3 wheel racing

I put on my smurf suit for aero-speed.

Smurf Suit for Speed

Smurf Suit for Speed

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Epicyon – Fixed pivot full suspension

 

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!!|NINE Fatbike owner getting in on the action.

!!|NINE Fatbike owner getting in on the action.

 

Turner-King-Kahn-racing-the-kamikaze

Turner King Kahn racing the kamikaze

In the Cross Country a rider from Mountain Bike Action showed up on his Specialized Fatboy.

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Wyoming State Parks Sponsors Global Fat Bike Summit


A Sierra Fatty:

This is amazing Singletrack being groomed for Fatbikes at Curt Gowdy State Park, WY

Originally posted on Global Fat Bike Summit:

Wyoming State Parks has announced that it will sponsor the 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival at Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY, January 23-25, 2015. Their involvement marks a shift toward land managers’ increasing awareness of the recreational and economic potential of fat bikes. Additionally, Wyoming State Parks has announced it will groom singletrack fat bike trails in Curt Gowdy State Park this winter, from December 15 through March 15. Says QBP’s Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist, “When public land managers step up to learn what fat bike riders want for trails, it’s a win/win for both.”

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Mountain Biking to Virginia City


Mountain Biking to Virginia City.

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A reblog of Scott’s Eastside Blog Cyclocross, Bishop, Eastern Sierra, Aeroheadcycles


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Owens Valley Cyclocross

Owens Valley Cyclocross #3 at the Wye Road Course went off great!
Fortunately my wonderful wife hustled around and took a bunch of pics.
In chronological order.
Eric rolls through the “party spot”.

Doug drops into the “party spot”

Joe is all smiles in front of fall foliage.

Lots of battles out there. Royce and I were never too far apart.

Pete and Andreas hopping barriers early in the race.

B. Cashore and Eric go at it.

Kathleen pushes it up the run up.

Yours truly runs up.

While the maestro, Royce, rides it!

I’ve forgotten this gal’s name! Apologies. Approaching the run up.

Joe sets her down and prepares to remount.

Kegan about to remount.

Doug drops into the horseshoe section.

Todd prepares to carve the drop in.

Brian too.

Karen wisely takes it with a healthy dose of caution.

Andreas & Bill battle some more

Rolling the meadow.

I try to keep Royce within striking distance late in the race.

Pete sets up for the hairpin turn.

Andreas with mountains.

Chris chases Todd late in the race.

Pete rolls next to the creek.

The sprint at the end was close, but not close enough.
Royce, B. Cashore, and me.

Post race. Mutual respects!

Big thanks to the photographer.

And her able assistant.
And big thanks to all who came out and rode, cheered, counted laps, roasted brats, sipped beer, set up the course, took down the course, and, most of all, celebrated cyclocross Owens Valley style!!
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MTB Bridgeport, Arroyo Canyon, Bodie, Potato Peak, Mono Lake Vista and a Hot Spring.


There is no amazing singletrack here that I am aware of BUT a big BUT the vistas and stuff around the Bodie Hills are truly a place to see. Bridgeport to me is a pretty cool little town. I wanted to find a ride around this town. I stopped in the Bridgeport Ranger Station – USDA Forest Service one day driving thru and asked if there was any Mountain Biking. The ranger said “NO” and if you ride in wilderness area you will be ticketed. I couldn’t even get a recommendation out of the guy. So I went home and checked google and strava. I knew there had to be somewhere I could ride. Yes there were forest service roads but the one I found was Aurora Canyon which actually is BLM land and Bodie State Park.

OK time to go ride. I made the 50 minute drive to Bridgeport and made a right onto Hwy 182 a very short drive out of the town Bridgeport to Arroyo Canyon went past a neighborhood and an old cemetery. I found this park at the start of the gravel road.

Parking at Baseball Field

Parking at Baseball Field

I parked here and changed into my riding cloths finished coffee and headed into the hills.

Welcome to Bodie Hills

Welcome to Bodie Hills

This sign reassured me I was on the right track. I did load the GPS track on my iPhone using a great simple app GPX reader.

Up the Canyon

Up the Canyon

The ride did not take long to realize you where riding in a canyon.

Fall Colors up Aurora Canyon

Fall Colors up Aurora Canyon

There were groves of Aspens still giving off the amazing fall colors.

Y in the roads.

Y in the roads.

There where a few Y roads on the climb. I checked my Gpx file to make sure I was on track I did not want to end up in the middle of Nevada. I had only a half of water bottle. I wanted to fill up at the park. The park care takers had already shut the water off for the season so the pipes don’t freeze. I was conserving water.

Over looking Mono Lake.

Over looking Mono Lake.

After about 5 miles of riding I could see cinder cones and Mono Lake. The pictures just don’t do justice of the views.

Mono Lake Vista

Mono Lake Vista

As I climbed up I even had better views of Mono Lake. Not a common view of Mono Lake from this view. Here I made a right and stared up at about a 500 yard hike a bike it was to steep for me to climb.

Potato Peak Hike A Bike

Potato Peak Hike A Bike

Here at the top of Potato Peak I was above 10,000 feet. I had stopped many times to catch my breath or something. I looked back I could see the Ghost town of Bodie in the distance. This ride was starting to wear me out. At this point I was thinking quench my thirst and food. I had climbed about 4000 ft and knew it was almost downhill from here WooHoo!!!

Looking Back at Potato Peak at 10236 ft

Looking Back at Potato Peak at 10236 ft

After about a 1 mile, mile and a half I had to look back and get a glimpse of the peak before heading down. I have seen the peak driving thru and doing Mountain Bikes rides at Dunderberg Meadows.

Looking towards the Town of Bridgeport

Looking towards the Town of Bridgeport

I could see the Town of Bridgeport all I could think about is food, drink, and hot springs.

Town of Bridgeport Closer

Town of Bridgeport Closer

I was very close now. I was not worried about thirst anymore. I was just thinking what I was going to order at The Barn burger joint.

OH YES the Ortega Burger.

OH YES the Ortega Burger.

The Ortega Burger filled me up just great at The Burger Barn. Now it was time to rehab the muscles at the Hot Springs.

The Hot Springs not so secret.

The Hot Springs not so secret.

This is one of the most beautiful hot springs I have been to although it wasn’t that warm it was warmer then the air. I stayed in it about 30 minutes.

Strava Map of the Ride

Strava Map of the Ride

Elevation

Elevation

http://www.strava.com/activities/210563817

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