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September 2nd, 2013, 03:36 PM   #1
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Husaberg + Mad River = Excellent weekend!

Since we were unable to join our group in Idaho this Labor day weekend, we scooped up a few good friends for a casual weekend in the Mad River system. Heavy rains during the week, then blue sky for our weekend, resulted in absolute premium riding conditions.

Myself, Steve and Josh planned on a roughly 65 mile loop for the day. Planned being the key word here . . .

We cruised up the valley, trying to conserve energy for later in the day. Both of my riding partners are intermediate level riders. That being said, they are determined guys non the less!
Once we started up the mountain, we came upon the first of several boulder field crossings.






We fought our way over three separate "fields", this being the last.


But all in the party were still smiles as we cleared all of the boulder fields, and prepared for the casual trails that awaited us above.


These trails up on the plateau are excellent cruising trails, and welcomed by the guys!


We swung into Mad Lake for a quick break, and Josh snapped this great picture of me headed back out! Beautiful area indeed.


Now 30 miles into the day, it was time to pick up the pace if we were to reach the diner and fuel, and expect to make camp by dark . . . .
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September 2nd, 2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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Re: Husaberg + Mad River = Excellent weekend!

As we headed east the climate truly changes in just a few mountains ranges. The dryer climate results in open trails, which equates to higher trail speeds. I walked a fine line with my friends, as we needed to keep moving to reach our fuel destination in a timely manner, yet I didn't want them to burn out still 40 miles from camp!

Bergy stops while the crew catches up. This is around 50 miles into the day.


Cougar Mtn. trail dumped us onto a very old fire road. Now after 4:00, we decided to buy some time and jetted down the roads to Ardinvior. Food and fuel!! And oh man was it hot down in the valley floor!




Fuel topped off, and three burgers down, we headed back towards camp. We entered into the Mad River trail, which is a "total commitment" kind of trail. No bail outs here, just 14 miles of single track directly back west!

These series of switchbacks were very tight. More than anything, we were on mile 70 in the heat of the day. The guys were tiring quickly . . .


Heading west, and climbing elevation once again, it started to cool off. Why would I not stop to cool off at this creek?


We reached Maverick Saddle now at roughly 5000ft, and the sun was starting to fade. Josh, tired and very cranky, enters the final creek crossing in the wrong spot. The ensuing temper tantrum resulted in rag-doll-man-handling his 250 back out of the creek. This required a quick picture of course


Having crossed the river we were home free, and only 8 miles of road remained.

An 88 mile day necessitates a big BBQ, and many beverages to celebrate!

It was agreed that it was an excellent days ride.
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September 2nd, 2013, 04:21 PM   #3
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Re: Husaberg + Mad River = Excellent weekend!

That looks like a really great trip.

A fine creek you found too!! haha
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September 2nd, 2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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Re: Husaberg + Mad River = Excellent weekend!

Nice writeup! Reminds me of one of the days during the UHE AZ ride we did years ago. The coffee at the restaurant was to die for.

Oh and the riding was good too.
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Re: Husaberg + Mad River = Excellent weekend!

That looks absolutely excellent, a bit more exciting than what we get to ride in the UK
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