Trip/Ride Report - China Hat (from May)

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Trip/Ride Report - China Hat (from May)

Postby liv2day » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:37 pm

It's amazing how fast time starts to rip by; crazy busy at work and just as busy at home has meant less time to sit down and get any type of coherent report drafted. I knew I had to get this one going as there's another one waiting in the wings; not to mention that trying to remember something that happened a couple months ago is a stretch at best :lol:

On short notice several days before Memorial Day, one of the usual suspects threw out an invite to hit China Hat for a couple days of riding whilst staying at a vacation property in Sun River. I hadn't had a chance to rip around the desert yet this year, so I got a hall pass for a couple days and JP and I bombed over the Cascades.

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We hooked up with the nutballs and decided to head to staging rather than hit base camp first. Since it was Memorial Day weekend and the assumption it was going to be packed, we hoofed it down to the southern ice cave staging area and rode out of there. While it was busy and we found multiple riders out and about, I don't think it was as crowded as it probably was at the north end of the area; and all the fun riding is to the south anyway (lol).

I don't remember all the trails we hit the first day, but think we knocked out 50ish miles. Not a lot for that neck of the woods, but pretty darn good given we'd left the valley earlier that morning and didn't get started riding until close to noon.

One of the groups we did run into (not literally) was a group of folks who put on a rather interesting poker run. I'm not sure of the story behind the various check points, but it definitely added some color to our ride as we made our way past 'em...lol. Luckily, we were heading the same general direction as the poker run and didn't have any 2-way issues; and chose to bypass one section to get ahead of all their dust.

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One of the trails I do remember doing, at the end nonetheless, was the rock garden that is trail 38. I like this trail, but holy hell it can be challenging - especially at the end of the ride. We finished the ride without any issues, loaded up, then bombed back to civilization for some grub and one of the best parts of the day - soaking in a hot tub. I usually like to camp and be outdoors for weekends like this, but have to admit that a few whiskies while kicking back in a hot tub is a great way to cap off a day of riding.

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The next morning came too early, likely caused by the whisky previously mentioned. JP took the onus of making breakfast and afterward we jumped in the rigs and headed back to the south ice cave staging area. We planned a different loop this time, hitting a few of the same trails as the day before, but adding a great variety that made the day way enjoyable.

I think we were closer to 60 miles for the second day, which again was a good chunk as JP and I had to head back over the hills once the ride was done. Although it was dusty as heck, the ride flowed perfectly for the 2nd day and we made good time the entire ride. That said, we did decide to head up to the lookout tower for a bite to eat and break and holy carp it was packed with riders. I don't think I've ever passed so many peeps going one way or the other. It was a great day to be up there though, the views were incredible and the lookout tower was open as a forest service peep was keeping fire watch.

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We slowly wound our way back to staging and finished the ride without seeing too many other riders. It was a great day of riding, lots of fast, flowing trails that were completely enjoyable. Made it back to staging without issue, just hot and dusty, so we loaded up and started the long slog back over the mountains.

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Re: Trip/Ride Report - China Hat (from May)

Postby edgy » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:40 pm

Brad, really appreciate you not posting the ride reports,since it just makes me want to ride! Have'nt been on the bike since the rock incident at DM 4/30/16. This not being able to ride is killing me. Now that i'm cleared to go back to work,plan on getting some time in this Saturday for a putsy....Been to too long!

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Re: Trip/Ride Report - China Hat (from May)

Postby liv2day » Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:20 pm

edgy wrote:Brad, really appreciate you not posting the ride reports,since it just makes me want to ride! Have'nt been on the bike since the rock incident at DM 4/30/16. This not being able to ride is killing me. Now that i'm cleared to go back to work,plan on getting some time in this Saturday for a putsy....Been to too long!


Damn Bill, how bad did you fubar your foot? Sorry about that amigo, talk about a crappy way to spend the early part of the summer :evil: :evil:

Hope you have a great time getting out this Saturday; conditions should be perfect if the forecast holds (not too hot and maybe there's some moisture hitting the ground out there right now).


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