Doug Kubler’s – Hell Ride Participant – Images and Story
Original Source: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=4748185#poststop
I’ve never been to DV so I had to get a quick look at the main trails. I took the shuttle to Packer Saddle and headed off towards the Lakes Basin. I managed to find a lot of OHV routes with rocks you would crawl over in a jeep. Climbing (hiking) back up was a HAB hell. Eventually I descended to a dirt road that led to the babyheads. I went up the road back to the saddle so I could take the Sunrise trail like normal people do. I got there just as the shuttle left a group of 8 people off.
Great luck! This was a friendly group that was happy to have me along. They knew the route so I didn’t have to waste time at every junction. They had a noob with them so even with their big bikes and armor I managed to hang on. In fact I was taking chances I wouldn’t if I were alone. But I was in good company the group was 4 ER doctors (2 men, 2 women), 3 nurses, and a BF all from Kaiser in Sacramento.
Now it’s time to hydrate, rest, & eat. Coverage will be spotty after this. I don’t know what digs Santa Cruz will provide.
Many many thanks to the voters that made this possible. I better give thanks now! LOL
Hellride Day 1
Pictures from breakfast at the loft of Yuba Expeditions.(I’m posting from Mammoth so internet may be flakey)
(Kristin Butcher (Catzilla))
(Josh (Santa Cruz Bicycles) was flagging the route on a moto and fell and injured his leg (broken tibia))
(View from the loft)
(Matthew from Colorado)
(Kristin cooking bacon with Mike from SC)