Danny Millner, editor for Mountain Bike Rider magazine was at the Specialized Dealer Launch in July checking out all the new goods from the “Big S”. While there he was chatting with Brandon Sloan and the boys and he mentioned he was doing a tour of Oregon. They informed him that the first place to visit when in Oregon is Ashland as it’s only 8 miles from the Cali border!
After a couple of e mails we had him sorted out for his stay here in Ashland. I infomed Sue, that it would be a good idea if I was to show him around… I GET TO RIDE!
We started with my favorite rout, Time Warp to Horn Gap to Mystical to Hitt rd. This is a 25 mile ride with 1300′ of elevation gain and 5600′ of descent! He was more than impressed with Time Warp and was wondering why there wasn’t a chair lift back up….! Horn Gap left him with bugs in his teeth from the smile he couldn’t wipe off his face and mystical was ricktor until he cought and edge with his front tire in a rut before a water bar, bad combo! He took a huge gash to the chest nearly ripping his nipple off. He proved to be a real trooper though and sucked it up and continued to stick my wheel for the rest of Hitt rd.
After some Happy Falaffle….mmmmmm and a root beer, We headed back up for the Super D route + Missing Links. This time he brought his big back pack with 2 camaras and all the accesseries, about 30lbs! Time for some pics. We found some real cool corners with the beautifull back drops that Ashland has to offer and started laying down some good lines in the moist trail.
We finished the ride with a beer at the shop the Sue had a BBQ ready to go at the house when we returned, not a bad day.
The next day was a Saturday and packed so no riding for me, however Danny jumped on the 9am and did the Super D rout without the 30lb pack. He still hadn’t seen Jabberwalkie though and I talked Sue into letting me ride the 3pm so I could show him… I GET TO RIDE AGAIN!
Then it was time to get showered and out on the town! First Agave’ my favorite mexican and killer Margarritas! then over to Tabo for Mohitos….mmmmm! then one final stop at Zoey’s Ice Cream!
Danny’s next stop was Oakridge, my other favorite place to ride! And Sue again agreed that we needed some time off, so we left Ashland after or 3pm shuttle was on the road and rolled int town around 7:30, got a room at the “Blue Wolf” inn and scooted on down to the 180 Brewers Union for some tasty Cask Beer and food.
The next day we got up early to get the dogs there walk so we wouldn’t be late for the 10am shuttle from Randy at “Oregon adventures” If you don’t already know Randy, you need to. He has been an essential part of Mountain Biking in Oregon for decades.