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I Usually Prefer Tacos but Sometimes the Whole Enchilada Hits the Spot

Tom K.

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I just tossed my ride notes in the mtb thread, but this is a good idea.

For me, it was very enlightening w/r/t aging how my impressions of TWE changed over maybe 12 or so years time.

It seemed rougher, and I didn’t honestly find it that “epic” of an experience. Hazard County, in particular, has been pounded to smithereens since I rode it in the fall of its first or second year of existence.

And I still can’t quite make that big, rocky “up” move coming out of the canyon about a half mile from the end. The fun thing is that a local came along and told me “you can’t pedal, if you have to pedal you’ll fail, you need to go faster” and proceeded to show me how. Still, a bit much for me. But I cleaned the pedaly part after that, and he couldn’t, so there, youngster!

Nevertheless, it was still an awesome group ride day with decades-old ski/bike buddies!
 

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Great write up! Haven't ridden Moab in a few years now as there are cheaper alternatives that are just as fun but the scenery definitely is as good as it gets.
 
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It seemed rougher, and I didn’t honestly find it that “epic” of an experience. Hazard County, in particular, has been pounded to smithereens since I rode it in the fall of its first or second year of existence.
It seemed rougher than when I was there just 7 years ago too. But I also feel like I must've blocked certain sections of the trail out of my mind...haha. I hadn't ridden Hazard County before, so that was a new experience that I really enjoyed. But I could see that it has been ridden hard over the years.

I feel like it's a ride that I'm REALLY happy I did...the whole thing is quite the adventure. I would go back if friends were going that had never ridden it before. But it wasn't epic enough to be itchin' to ride it again, especially with so many other destinations I'd like to visit.

And I still can’t quite make that big, rocky “up” move coming out of the canyon about a half mile from the end. The fun thing is that a local came along and told me “you can’t pedal, if you have to pedal you’ll fail, you need to go faster” and proceeded to show me how. Still, a bit much for me. But I cleaned the pedaly part after that, and he couldn’t, so there, youngster!
I know which one you're talking about. Not a chance I could clean that one (re: I thrive on gravity fed trails :roflmao:). Technical uphills are not my strong suit. But I did clean the techy downhill right before it...which I was pretty pumped about.
 

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But I did clean the techy downhill right before it...which I was pretty pumped about.

Nice work! I had to look at that one purty closely for a minute or two, then it went fine even without a dropper post.

And I don’t think I’ll be doing it again. A bit beyond my current risk/reward tolerance.

My happiest success was cleaning the techy climb out of The Notch, where it climbs up to rejoin the trail from The Snotch option. But I love tech climbing more than anything.
 

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So are they:

TAH-cohs?
TACK-ohs?
TAY-cohs?
ta-COS?

Which syllable are you emphasizing? Are they contraband Canadian fare disguised in a tortilla? Is there molé involved? And which cerveza is being offered?

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I'll shop myself out now... ;)

Those trails in and around Moab are legendary and so much fun. Even though MTB riding is a thing in my rear view mirror these days I really do miss those rides in Utah.
 

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You do realise you've just been banned from MTBR, yes?

Oh, The Great Dropper Debate is going on over there in the fat bike forum right now.

Check it out. I'm having some fun (kosmo)!
 

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