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Quick Council Bluff Recap

In light of some developments in the works for this weekend, I thought I would briefly enlighten our readers as to the conditions of our favorite all-around trail, Council Bluff.

I journeyed to the Boston Bling's Party House early Wed morning to go with he and DrewB in DrewB's Party Wagon, with plans to meat Mr. Albert for some fun hill-biking. And boy, did we go up some hills. 1.4 laps later for Mr. Albert, 2 laps later for myself and DrewBalls, and 3 laps later for OrangeSunglasses, we were sore, tired, not terribly dirty, and craving a Mexican. More specifically, a Mexican dinner. (They were also more enlightened as to the existence of "Leroy Jenkems" by this point.) I think it should be noted that this is the first Council Bluff trip that has NOT included Dos Primos in... I can't remember. Instead, the Party Wagon hads its course set on Los Portales, in Hillsboro. The food was at least on par with Dos Primos, no doubt about it! Also, the Mexican beer specials flowed like wine, and the beautiful women flocked like the salmon of Capistrano. Unfortunately for Los Portales, the Ace up the sleeve for Dos Primos is excellent proximity to Council Bluff.

Our next stop was DQ, where we nearly had to... do "bad things" involving a funnel to the cashier who thought he screwed up my blizzard. He's was like an earthworm when a comet nearly collides with earth - completely oblivious to how close it came to being destroyed.

Anyway, the trail. It was in fantastic shape. Two of the usual mud spots between the bridge at the OT connector and the fire-road climb, and a handful of soft (not sloppy) spots on the shady areas on north slopes. It was aided by a thermometer reading of 70 degrees, and the Sun. Not to rub it in, but I had sweat dripping down my face, and I may have gotten a little burn on my arms! The rest of the trail (97%) was in perfect shape with some extra leaves.

Depending on if it gets any rain, (which as of Thursday 26th at 1:30, it doesn't appear to have) it should be only getting better. This weekend or maybe next week should be good to go, so if you get the time, gather your shit up and go practice your Rim Wrecker laps. You might try to add to your Rim Wrecker training by bringing a life-sized poster of Furby and setting it somewhere alongside the trail, and on each lap, crop-dust the shit out of him. HAHA!

Finally, I would like to pass on a book recommendation that was suggested to me by Robort:


-Casey F. Ryback

21 comments:

DA9DR's Amazing Blog said...

Is anyone going to CB this sunday? I would be interested in catching a ride. are the Red Wheel guys still going? I haven't been on my hill bike in too long.

I heard orange sunglasses make you go faster.

Ya'll a bunch of bitches.
Doctor

Nico Toscani said...

Nice timing Wesley!


On another note, I would like to find myself somewhere within 30 miles of Dos Primos next Wed 3/4 and/or Thursday 3/5. I'll swing anyway you want to: Council Bluffs, MiddleFork, or perhaps one of the Traces (never been there). Who can go down south on 21 next week?

Justin said...

Red Wheel guys and some others will be going on Sunday, check out teamredwheel.com for more info.

Mason Storm said...

Word! You will see at least 3 Seagals at the boat launch by 10am for take off!!!

Marc said...

I would be lying if I didn't want to punch all of you in your faces for your proximity to dry, ridalbe trails with balmy weather.

Casey Ryback said...

Not sure how dry it'll be anymore, we just got dumped on about an hour ago. Might dry up by Sunday...

sweet shit, my feet STINK!

DA9DR's Amazing Blog said...

CB is always rideable, what an amazing surface. Sweet titties.

Brian said...

When do I get my uniform?

A free eightball to any member of Team Seagal who prints up a life-sized cardboard cutout of me.

I'm free on Sunday and in the middle of next week. I may see you guys there, or else I'm square...unlike a ball.

Magic Eightball says: "All signs point to awesome."

Casey Ryback said...

How 'bout a free 2 liter bottle? I have the balloons.

DA9DR's Amazing Blog said...

I've got the jenkem. Maybe we can get Furby to huff jenkem if Robort won't do it. Interesting.

Brian said...

Forget I ever said anything...see you guys around. (This officially means that you have creeped me out and the six pack deal is off...sorry).

Scott said...

The ride is officially planned. Its not exactly a death march. But it will be a good tour for those of you wishing to explore Illinoise a little. Hope TEAM SEAGAL can make it.

http://atowncycling.blogspot.com/2009/02/snifflesmore-riding.html

DA9DR's Amazing Blog said...

What about the 8 ball? Don't hold out Furby. Did I mention that we were going to pay Robort to huff Jenkem. Don't be a fun killer.

Brian said...

I was kidding, by the way. Sadly, I don't have access to the eightball's I promised, but I can bring the six packs.

Whose jenkem does Robort have to huff to win the money? Is there a bigger payout if he huffs a jenkem cocktail? I hear cocktails are more potent and therefore produce more powerful feelings of euphoria and invincibility.

This post was Energor approved.

Mitch the Masher said...

Here's the concept.

http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/mo/ballwin/745863993727

My guess would be close to 10,000'

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TeamSeagal said...

Mitch, I'm dying to see that route. Unfortunately, for the next 5 hours, I will be at a computer that freezes up when confronted with that mapping software. Every time. Soon, I will see this route, and most likely I will immediately attempt to commit seppuku.

-C.F. Ryback

Mitch the Masher said...

It starts and finishes from Manchester TC in about 105 miles. Has a low of about 370' and a high just under 1000'. It lacks good bail outs, commanding commitment. It passes numerous other monsters that should be avoided... I'm game! Included-High Ridge, Jim Weber, Twin Rivers, Franks, Miller, Old Lemay X 3, Tower, Lynch X 3, OO, Bouquet, Hardt, Smith School.

Biggest thing here is that it's just flat out a fun ride. You could add Antire, more Old Lemay, Wedde, Rice, Schenk and many more. I might scope out some more if I can get healthy by Thursday or Friday(65 dgrees).

Casey Ryback said...

Yikes! I like how you snuck in Smith School Rd instead of going up BA. You bastard.

Are there many places to tank up and refuel on that route? I'm totally down!

Mitch the Masher said...

Gas stations at or near mile 30,40,60,75 and after 100. Altough it's off right now, soon you'll be able to get water at the covered bridge at mile 47. Talk Drew into going and we'd have another possibily in the low 80's. I'd say stop at 40 and 75 and call it done! 40's got burgers too.

Thursday's calling my name for the pre-emptive strike! Do I hear Sunday for the real thing?

I ran the MMR elevation on the 1st Death March and it was 4500', some of which we didnt' ride. This ride shows 5600'. We ended up with 7500', so I'd bet this one's easily over 10000'. On the graph Lynch (mile 66) looks like 3 small bumps. You gain over 1000' on Lynch alone. If you've never ridden Old Lemay, the climb up from the bridge is a mile and a half long and semi-steep.

Casey Ryback said...

I think sunday is in for the Wild Trak Bicycles (Alton) training ride... you should come! over 80 miles...