This last weekend was another great weekend of mountain bike riding in Sedona. It’s our annual thanksgiving run up to the area – as it offers awesome views, different terrain and oodles of dog friendly options.
As always, we stayed at the Red Agave Resort. The resort literally is the start of a great intermediate trail (Slim Shady), has studios & chalets that are dog friendly, has full kitchens, multiple hot tubs… and offers you free smores to cook up over their fire pit. 🙂 I’ll also mention that there’s a great bike shop(s) and a pizza by the slice joint around the corner. What a delight!
My goal for this weekend was to disregard time on the bike or miles in the saddle. All I wanted to do is to focus on my skills and get over my fears. I’ve been such a ninny riding lately, that it’s really slowing me down and frustrating me. That’s not where I want my head to be.
And after a little work, I got to my happy spot.
It wasn’t easy. I did fall a few times… but as I mentioned in my last post – I just sessioned sketchy sections until I cleared the obstacle and was more confident. Clearly, I’m not a wonderfully expert and technically savvy rider. Nope – I’m just your average gal trying to have fun… and I really like getting better!!
Where did we ride this time?
We did a bit more exploring in west Sedona – in particular the Chuck Wagon (and extended Mescal/Deadmans trails) and Solider’s Wash area. Both had great intermediate level trails that left us huffing and puffing. As always, almost everything is single track and incredibly well marked (you’d REALLY have to try to get lost!).
Additionally, as always, we hit the ‘local’ trails in the Oak Village area… Llama, Easy Breezy and Templeton are always great trails – although Friday was a bit packed with people.
My personal goal was to ride better on Slim Shady. When we first started riding here 3 years ago, the trail continuously ruined me. Now, either I’m a better rider or they really cleaned up the trail. Yay, me! (Right now, I’m choosing to think that it’s my mad skills – not that the trail was groomed.)
Now, I can’t forget my regular morning hikes with the dog. Those are always wonderful. No one is out on the trail, the air is crisp and the sun bright. I love those mornings!
Did you ride someplace new this weekend?