Jolly Mountain

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From the Got Singletrack! Archives by Timothy B » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:35 pm

Ring ring...
Hello.
Mike, Tim here, gonna do Jolly Mountain tomorrow, you down?
Hmm well i don't know, i really have alot of work to get done, i'd really love to but i'm really swamped.
We're shuttling...
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..... what time do we meet?
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What more do you want, grabbing some vehicles and escaping the cloudy skies in favor of some sun and fun. Possibly in the old days there was a road you could drive to the very top of Jolly Mountain (6400 ft.), but nowadays you still have to pedal quite a bit to summit even with some gravity assist.
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So what is the attraction of spinning up a steep mountain. Well the views, the company of fellow mt. bikers, the gnarly fast descent, and the exercise, those are all big parts of epic backcountry riding. But another simple tangent is the thought of what i would be doing and where i would be, otherwise. Well for most of the time possibly sitting in my living room rotting my brain staring at some type of glowing screen in front of me. Kind of like what we're doing now haha. But for this moment of time, the beautiful landscape becomes my living room, and i in turn become an active living part of it.
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Dr. Scott asked if we were to dump our bikes in favor of hiking to the top. Well that was a silly suggestion, what fun would that be? There are literally only a handful of mountains you can legally and/or of course safely summit with your bike out of thousands of mountains we have in this state. And it's good to mention that the forest service recently benched in new singletrack, eliminating the old fall line trail that existed before, so its not a complete hike a bike to the top anymore.
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And well being able to ride off a mountain, as it is called MOUNTAIN biking...
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Over a dozen miles of gnarly rocky steep, exposed brushy exposed, rooty technical backcountry goodness, with brief interludes of rest and solitude.
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But yah over a dozen miles of gnarly rocky steep exposed brushy rooty technical backcountry goodness... Don't believe me, try for yourself, just make sure you bring a pal, and go prepared.
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At least i'm warning you ahead of time, we were not afforded our warning til after the ride was done. Not like it would have mattered much...
Good times and good memories...
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