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Vanilla or Chocolate? Ride report from Bend, OR.(12 posts)

Vanilla or Chocolate? Ride report from Bend, OR.NatC
Oct 22, 2003 8:45 PM
What do you do when you can't decide whether to mountain or road ride? How about having both!

The ride started off with a bang (literally) when the saddle didn't clear the porte cochere. I hadn't yet carried this particular bike on this particular car. All of our other bikes cleared the overhang, so I absentmindedly backed up without verifying this setup. Luckily the combination of 5" fork travel and 6" rear travel let the bike squish down instead of bending anything. So after airing down the car tires and the bike tires, I was able to back up and was on my way.

I drove up high towards Mt. Bachelor and began the ride at one of the sno-parks.

Start with a long, gradual climb up one of the many forest service roads. That's Broken Top peak in the background, between the trees.

This post marks the upper end of the famous Whoop-de-doos trail. It's pretty much one whoop-de-doo after another for a mile or two. I counted some 40 whoops before I lost count.

I think the trees are looking kind of mangy in this area:

Here's a nice little kicker boulder that you can launch off of if you hit the corner just right:

I had to sprint on foot back up the hill to get to the bike, then pedal as fast as I could to hit the rock at the same time the camera's self-timer took the pic. It took about 4 or 5 tries. By the time I actually got a pic with me in the frame I was too tired to catch air, and just rolled it instead.

My favorite line down this rock outcropping on Ben's Trail is right down the middle. You can see the dust swath on the rocks:

Here's a different rock outcropping. The most fun line goes right between the tree and the pointy rock:

Almost timed it just right to hit it when the camera took the pic.

Back into town and a quick stop at home for an equipment change:

Approaching a roundabout then back up towards the mountains:

I have a long way to go to fetch the car, and I wasn't planning on the brisk headwind.

The headwind didn't seem to bother this guy:

"Hey golfer! Mmmmmmiss! Choke! Hey, over here! Mmmmmmmmiss!"

This guy passed me pretty quickly too:

Begin climbing:

Nice view over an old lava flow:
Did your thread get cut off???biknben
Oct 23, 2003 4:25 AM
I began to cringe just looking at the first pic. Then I noticed the seat post was gone and began reading. I smacked an overhang like that too. I put the bike on the car while under a carport, then smacked the overhang as I left. I was going slow so no damage done.

Good to see some other dirt lovers here. Interesting use of the camera delay. I would have thought you had a friend with you to take the pics. Not bad.

Where are the rest of the pics? Don't tease us with the climb. We want to see the view from the top. :-)
Here's the rest of the threadNatC
Oct 23, 2003 4:38 AM
Lava flow
Oct 23, 2003 4:39 AM
Anyone else feel like passing me, because you know, everyone's doing it?
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Oct 23, 2003 4:40 AM
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Oct 23, 2003 4:42 AM
Sun's going down and I'm still going up:
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Oct 23, 2003 4:43 AM
That's Mt. Bachelor with all the clouds around it. It'll be ski season soon.
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Oct 23, 2003 4:43 AM
There's my car, just where I left it:
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Oct 23, 2003 4:44 AM
Heading back downhill, that's Bend wayyyy down in the valley:
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Oct 23, 2003 4:45 AM
Ahhhhhh, home at last. Just before sundown.
very coolgtx
Oct 23, 2003 8:17 AM
thanks for posting that. I've been planning to visit Bend for a while now--I love the mix of good mtb and road options. Are you a local or visiting?
I'm a local (I think)...NatC
Oct 23, 2003 12:36 PM
We moved to Bend about 1.5 years ago and love it for so many reasons, including the riding here. I'm sure the long-time residents would say I'm not yet local, but rather one of the (many) newcomers. It's funny, even though I've been here a year and a half, I still get people saying to me, "Welcome to Bend!" Cool, thanks. It's a friendly place.