With the second year running in the books, we can call it a tradition, right? When the weather really starts to be too much to put up with, it is time to head to the desert for a little mountain bike action (to coin phrase). This year, it also happened to coincide with a couple drops of a few new socks for us, so it seemed only right to outfit the crew for the week and see what we could get out of them.
That is just to say, if you see gratuitous shots of our Deadstock Coffee Socks or our Athletic Sport Socks, well, that's why.
Fast forward to now (can you say that?) and we're deep into the actual mountain bike season here. So, this Arizona action should just go to showcase where we've all gotten these deep set of trail skills. Goodness knows they could come from anywhere, so it's good that we have photographic evidence. This could come in handy later, and you never know what could be lurking in the bushes just off to the side of the trail.
Off to see the vortices we went. Greg filled our heads with tales of naked people dancing in the moonlight and the dances that they do during these times. We instantly wanted those thoughts out of our heads, so we rode that much faster. Trying to escape, if we may, by putting our collective pedals to the red rocks that filled our views. Mescal. Highline. Slim Shady. And still talk of the vortex and the nudity.
An Important Aside.
Last weekend, as we returned home from a mountain bike trip to Bend, Oregon, the podcast dial was turned to a new topic other than the usual sports. Sasquatch and everything about him (and his people) is the main point of discussion for The Sasquatch Chronicles. It is truly fascinating to listen to people who have seen the Sasquatch describe it. Do not hesitate to spend a good two and a half hours listening to these lunatics of the best sort. The sheer fact that they're on episode #399 is mind boggling in and of itself.
Pete is kind of like our Sasquatch. He has less hair than the one that you've typically heard about. But, he's just as elusive, especially on the mountain bike. But, do not be surprised when you see him out there. It is real. He does exist out there in the world. And the desert is quickly warming to this beast from the Northwest.
The point is, if you get the chance to head to Sedona to ride your mountain bike...take that chance. Do not say no, no matter what happens. Then, once you're there, if THE Fresh Princess drives up and asks to park in your driveway and make spicy bean dip for everyone, you say "hell yes." And if she makes a video about it, even better.
"People just don't take group shots anymore do they." - Glenn
Pro Tip: Pack a tweezers in your trail bag. You never know when you might sit on a cactus. True Story. Looks like we found a vortex with a full moon after all.