On Monday, Adam and I beat the rain and got a great ride in up on the Timp Foothill Trails. Adam introduced me to the new Crank-to-Frank trail that many are calling "Kenny's trail":
Then on the way down, I took a hit on the infamous pipe up Dry Canyon:
And here I am smoking the pipe:
I should warn you about taking hits on the pipe. The pipe is an addiction. You're afraid to take your first hit, but when you do, you get this sudden rush. The rush makes you want it more. So you do it again and again, thinking each time that just one hit on the pipe can't hurt you, and that you can quit at anytime. But deep down, you know. Someday, that pipe is going to kill you.
And if the pipe doesn't, the Stairway to Heaven at the bottom will. Just ask Ricky.
A couple of trail updates and useful bits of information:
On Saturday, the ridge trail system was in near-perfect condition. I was expecting a lot more mud and snow, but there was no snow at all. Jurassic Park, Joy, Pine Hollow, Salamander Flat, Willow Creek, Horse Flat, all great.
There were a few patches of mud that were easy to walk through or around. Unless, of course, you're on a motorcycle, in which case you are apparently encouraged to give 'er full throttle, throw a rooster-tail 20 feet high and create a foot deep trench in the trail. Love them.
The Timp Foothill Trails (Frank, Crank, Betty, Area 51, Dry, etc.): I've heard a lot of people complaining about the rain lately. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Once the Timp Foothill trails are dry, they stay dry. All summer.
Last night, I couldn't find anyone to ride with. Everyone was bummed about the torrential downpour that had just finished. I took off alone at about 7:30 and road the dirt for almost 2 hours in perfect conditions. Not a single puddle or muddy section. My feet were soaked by the flowers and grass, but that really just added to how great the ride was.
So unless we're in the middle of 2-3 days of solid rain (which only happens once every few years around here), the Timp Foothill Trails are good to go about 2 hours after the downpour stops.