28 March 2012
Posted by vagoscribe under Costa Rica
| Tags: biking
, Costa Rica
, mountain biking
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It was rainy all week, a relentless seven days of overcast and cloudy conditions with mist, drizzle and steadier downpours coming and going twenty-four-seven, it seemed. A few breaks in the precipitation were relief, sunshine time totalling maybe three hours between Sunday and Friday. On Saturday morning, I clipped in and rode a colleague’s bike, a beaten-down hardtail with a seized up front shock and gearing that worked fairly well, up towards the Turrialba Volcano. It was misty-to-light-rain the entire 3+ hours in the saddle, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Last year, I rode the same 30 mile loop, having to stop and stretch out my legs during the 1.5 hour ascent to the middle region of the mountain (7300 feet). This time, I made it the whole way up and back down without any needed such break. I surprised myself. The straight elevation gain from Turri town up to the high point where I traversed the mountain below the volcano is around 5600 feet. Add in the ups and downs along the way, and it probably pushes closer to 7000 feet of total elevation.
In May, I plan to push to the top and hopefully ride across to Irazu.
Contrasting the Grey
Local Race Scene
24 November 2010
Posted by vagoscribe under MTB
| Tags: africa
, Axl Rose
, mountain biking
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Rain me down into the inner resilience of the humanity that we share, you and me. A moon that sings common brightness to those struggling in the Ogaden and those ready to celebrate Thanksgiving does not distinguish between we and them. I recall sitting with Denan elder chiefs under a desert moon, smiling in our differences, they with their henna colored beards covering the grey and me with my unkempt face.
Trails await me as long as the times have time, and I have yet to find the seconds to meet them all.
The downy woodpecker calls out in the November rain, not too far from Axl’s favorite hometown feeding joint, a pizza shop. Trees, drenched in cold precipitation, may get a layer of freezing overnight. Two inches, potentially, of rain could fall in the next eighteen hours.
Trails that I have met, will you been mine on Sunday? Dried out or wet?