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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    That looks steep. Elevation gain doesn't equal elevation climbed.
    Correct. That steep switchback climb covered a couple of miles at about a 13% grade. It was definitely made for walking - not riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    .... there is a stark difference between adventure and #thisiswhyIride. I ride for the weekly, boring rides where nothing goes wrong. We ride for a few hours, drink a few beers in the parking lot, and smile the rest of the day. I've also ridden a couple of IMBA epic trails where nothing went catastrophically wrong. We had a great, long day in the saddle, more beers, and bigger smiles. This is why I ride.
    You're quite right. The #thisiswhyIride tag was added on the thread partly for sensationalism but mostly to differentiate MTB from other sports. People hang out and drink beer after playing soccer, softball, tennis, road biking, etc, but I think what sets MTB apart is a sense of adventure that you don't get in other "ordinary" sports. Sure for true adventure you could climb Everest, strap on a wingsuit, or free-solo El Capitan, but MTB brings at least a sense of adventure with some calculated risks to the masses. The 2 stories of great adversity that I've shared are all I've got - that's 2 in 5,000. And yes if every ride was as adventurous as those 2 I'd probably not be riding. The adversity is what makes the story interesting to the reader though. Your story is great in that it adds elements of peer pressure, pain (rib injuries are among the worst), and pain remedies not recommended by your doctor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    Oh I misunderstood. You wanted a tale of adventure.
    Nice! Not exactly the best place to practice your stoppies. Hope you get to venture back there soon with some fresh pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest Borgniner View Post
    ^You forgot all the cool stuff.
    It was getting wordy, so I had to leave out the part about you riding a mountain lion bareback down the almost shear cliff to save the group of nuns and orphans dangling perilously above the sea of lava below.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    It was getting wordy, so I had to leave out the part about you riding a mountain lion bareback down the almost shear cliff to save the group of nuns and orphans dangling perilously above the sea of lava below.
    I call b/s. Lava is seasonal in New Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    I'm not going to lie, most of these stories make me want to quit riding more than go out and find an adventure.

    I've been trying to come up with my best story, but there is a stark difference between adventure and #thisiswhyIride.

    When I first read your comment, I thought, oh yeah I guess I may have missed the mark. But upon further reflection, I think a big part of #thisiswhyiride is because of the adventure. And for me that specifically (sometimes) means going out and testing the upper limits of what I may be capable of. I like to move towards the edge of my comfort zone and hang out there for a while. Sometimes you get bit. But most of the time (with a level head and proper use of your skill sets) you make it out just fine. It just happened that my 'long-winded story above' was just an example of me making a noticeable mistake, early in my riding career that we happened to get bit on. But I always depart those from all of those endeavors with a stoke for riding.

    Don't get me wrong, I also love the 'par-for-the-course' rides around ATX too. There's something awesome about a post ride high that you get from 3 hrs of sublime signletrack on the BCGB!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Here you go, pull up a chair, and get ready for a long read...
    Getting caught in similar storms - and the associated 40 degree temp drop - coming down off Monarch Crest has taught me to always bring a really decent waterproof jacket, even if I bring nothing else. I currently use a North Face Summit which has a hood which covers your helmet, and zips up to your nose. A couple of weeks ago I was in the Springs, riding Cap'n Jacks - not particularly backcountry, but a good climb out of town - when yet again, a damn storm came raging at us, hail just like you had, and another good temp drop. Boy, was I glad of my jacket! My co-riders were locals with no extra gear, and that thirty minute sprint back into town must have been freezing for them. Always take a good waterproof jacket!
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    Just got back from Costa Rica. Celebrated our 20th aniversary. Wife and I got a guided gravel/rural road ride. Got to see beautiful county side, cool wildlife. Saw/experienced things that cannot be done in a car. Great ride/trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Bernardo View Post
    Just got back from Costa Rica. Celebrated our 20th aniversary. Wife and I got a guided gravel/rural road ride. Got to see beautiful county side, cool wildlife. Saw/experienced things that cannot be done in a car. Great ride/trip.
    Congrats on 20 yrs...I was in CR in April for almost 2 weeks, rode dirt bikes all over for a week..fine place & great riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    It was getting wordy, so I had to leave out the part about you riding a mountain lion bareback down the almost shear cliff to save the group of nuns and orphans dangling perilously above the sea of lava below.
    That too, but I was thinking more about when that hot, little grocery clerk offered to rub your rib out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartman View Post
    Congrats on 20 yrs...I was in CR in April for almost 2 weeks, rode dirt bikes all over for a week..fine place & great riding
    Thanks man. This was my third trip down, last being 20 yrs ago. We spent a couple days in Samara and 5 in the Nuevo Arenal/La Fortuna area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest Borgniner View Post
    That too, but I was thinking more about when that hot, little grocery clerk offered to rub your rib out.
    Yeah, obviously she doesn't understand how rib injuries work. What a dummy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Bernardo View Post
    Thanks man. This was my third trip down, last being 20 yrs ago. We spent a couple days in Samara and 5 in the Nuevo Arenal/La Fortuna area.
    Where were you in April?
    We went up to tenorio to see volcano , then domenical to surf & hang out at the beach then over to Hermosa to ride dirt bikes

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    In all the years and miles behind me riding I have not had a big adventures but a ton of snipits of memories. From amazing flowy downhills to puke inducing climbs. I remember back in my smoking days packing my Marlboro Reds and having a smoke during a ride. Or carefree no thought of consequences kind of rides. Riding in snow, at night in the full moon with no lights because you didnt need them.
    Riding in some beautiful isolated places and rides with friends.

    One story stands out to this day. Not so much because of a ride itself but because of what happened on it.
    I went to college in a very rural area of SW Virginia. But it was in the Blue Ridge and the school was surronded by fire roads and trails and I was like the only rider pretty much.

    So one during hunting season I was riding. I had tied blaze orange streamers to me, my bike and helmet so I wouldnt get killed. I borrowed a rape whistle from a chick who frankly wouldnt likely need it, so I could make alot of noise.

    So I was riding and crested some ridge and stopped at some tree at the top to rest.

    I drank some water and caught my breath. As I leaned on that tree something moved a touch above my head. And I turned to look. Instead of bark was this bushy looking thing that looked odd. Then it moved slightly.
    I slowly looked up at this object and followed it up the tree.
    Turns out it wasnt some wierd foliage. It was a full on camo wearing hunter standing on a platform. He was in full camo and had cut tree limbs and branches that were stuck to him so to further hide.

    I looked at his face , which was like 6 feet from me the whole time , and he had that hunter makeup stuff smeared all over his face. His eyes were very white with that stuff all over his skin.
    His mouth opened and his teeth shown in stark contrast as he started laughing.

    Id like to say I said something cool but I screamed like a little girl and got the hell out of there as fast as I could never looking back.
    As I road away down the fire road all I heard was his laughing over the sound of my bike.



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