Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Dedicated to Tacos + Rose 2 Keys

I called XTeric this weekend and he was at Costco. He was rolling solo, as the family didn't want to join him. He was there for one purpose. FT3. Shopping for FT3 Untethered. Getting supplies. If you ask yourself, who is most dedicated to FT3's untethered status, it is clearly XTeric, he is FT3's Golden Boy. He spent the evening last night working on NoCar's hammered bike as well. Three cheers for XTeric. Alas, tonight we go untethered once again. Don't miss it.

It is also notable that Unknown Local was in MT Riding with B this weekend. Strong work UL!!





And of significant importance, tonight we will discuss the Rose-Keys LRP going down this weekend.

Here's what I know.


Head count: Cap'n, NoCar, XTeric, Fro, Newb, UL for half ride? Any others?
  1. On Saturday we need to make a food and drink drop along Kingsbury. 
  2. Do a ride with Cappy if your available to leave early (I am leaving Pville before Noon on Saturday to get a short Tahoe ride in before the evening festivities at the Keys house, if you can join me hit me up.)
  3. Meet at the Keys house, time TBD (Fro please advise).  How many does Keys house sleep, should we bring pads and sleeping bags etc? 
  4. Make dinner (what do we all bring to contribute?). Will there be tacos?


  1. Wake Early. Eat breakfast (what should we bring?) McDonalds stop? Hah ha  
  2. Depart in XT's van (Time?) to Rose. 
  3. Ride alllll day. 
  4. Drop Armstrong/Corral and roll to Keys House. 
  5. Return to Rose to get van if needed. 
  6. Go home happy. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Don't Touch That Tether

The second night of untethered tacos was as glorious as the first.

Though perhaps we enjoyed the no-ride-bedtime concept too much. We started late, rode far and then lingered after dinner; didn't make it home until Wednesday.

Tentative discussion at the end of last week concluded that we should revisit the Knot Hole tonight for a check-in. This was because XT was likely unavailable and no one else volunteered to handle the taco kitchen. However, now XT is IN, so tonight's tacos will be untethered.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

FT3 Untethered First Edition

The return of Buttons marked the first edition and trial of "FT3 Untethered." Turns out that Buttons is a very capable and self sufficient taco maker, as he sat out the later half of the ride to rest his Achilles and prepare the tacos. The spread the XTeric had laid out was beyond compare. He even ordered taco papers and baskets off Amazon! Foil tins for food storage, and NO Recycling! It is clear that if XTeric and Buttons wanted to start a taco truck, it would be a resounding success. Here are some snaps from the evening. 

We were stalked by a bear during the ride near the over grown Cache. Fortunately, the last rider made it out without being eaten alive. There was talk of sand dunes. This video came to mind:

And so it goes. FT3 may be better cooks and food preppers than what is available late on a Tuesday night in Pollywood. When will we see FT3 Untethered Version 2.0?? 

Monday, July 15, 2019


Its happened at least twice before. We made our own dinner.

There was this night:

And then this one:

On a scale of 1 to 5, both nights were beyond categorization.

We will meet at the Blue Gouge Mine Road parking lot (also the Fleming Trailhead parking lot, also the start of Redneck Rising) at the usual time. XT has picked up everything for dinner service (food rye, cookware, taco baskets,...). Additional offerings encouraged. Also, everyone should bring a chair, a headlamp, and a shot glass if you think you'll want one. If this works out we'll never have a ride bed time again! (At least not until its raining slush.)


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Taco Report

Last Tuesday was very different.

New parking space

New tacos

Even the route had a different flavor. Biased to the northeast, we hit SPI roads, Park Creek, Barnes Back, 1A, and B is for Barf. Felt like the days when Lars would lead.

The pine Lodge was moderately busy when we arrived, and nobody noticed us. Chickenbake didn't ask for Taco Handles. And the party was still going when we left. Though Cappy hated everything about the experience at first, by the time we were leaving he couldn't wait to come back. And the consensus was that we would give it another Tuesday.

Some notes:
Bring cash for your tacos, if possible. Bar tab is separate from meal tab. The carnitas tacos (pictured) are superior. The ground beef are mediocre, though Chickenbake acknowledged that they weren't her best. I had no problem eating six. Wednesday morning reactions were mixed. At the parking area there is plenty of room to park down towards the gate and still be off the road. Do NOT make eye contact with the loud chick at the end of the bar. 

For anyone still reading, the running of Strawberry Kirkwood that went down on Sunday was the hardest ever.

The downed trees weren't too bad, but the steep snowfields on the Sentinel Trail were treacherous.

The Strawberry Jeep Road threw every possible condition at us, from long snow rides to hub-deep mud.

Can't wait for the next LRP.


Sunday, June 30, 2019


Owing to pressing circumstances, the FT3 Executive Steering Committee convened an unusual closed session and made two determinations.

First, a new dinner venue will be tested this Tuesday. For many months now, FT3 has contemplated how Tuesday nights could exist without the Knot Hole. After an appalling meal service last Tuesday, proposals for alternative taco service were solicited. Hands down the superior bid came from Chickenbake, who promised to serve delicious tacos to all riders at the Pine Lodge. A 9:30 dinnertime was agreed upon, with taco orders placed before riding. To accommodate the different dinner location, the new parking spot will be the area to the east of Sly Park Road at the saddle, across from the intersection with Onyx Trail.

Second, as no long rides have been scheduled for July, the quintessential LRP, Strawberry-Kirkwood, has been slated for Sunday July 7. Interested riders should contact Junior or Nocar. Uninterested riders should be bummed, because its going to be awesome. 

Also of note, the Rose to Keys ride is scheduled for the first weekend of August, details to follow. 


Thursday, June 20, 2019

For Consideration

Tahoe MTB Fest:
The route for the Triple Crown has been altered as the USFS wouldn't permit the activity when the soils are still so wet. To see the new route go here:

Worth noting that the route is only 20 miles with 4100 feet of vert and starts/finishes a few miles away from the festival location. Not sure if this matters as FT3 doesn't always ride the official route.  

Taco Tuesday:
I finally stopped in at Chickenbake's cafe (South Fork Eatery) and was pleasantly surprised by the nice space and the masterful sandwich she created. But, the big news is that she has teamed up with the Pine Lodge to put on a Taco Tuesday. She prepares the food ($2 ground beef tacos, $3 carnitas tacos) and when her shop closes she keeps it going at the Pine Lodge. Last week she didn't close the kitchen until 9:40! I am confident that the tacos are 100% more delicious than Knot Hole tacos.    

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Long Days Long Rides

Last Tuesday proved, again, that FT3 rides are hard on bikes. But, in the face of a catastrophic mechanical, FT3 made it to the Taco Table on time by marching up the spillway corridor, pushing Lars on his unchained bike along the dam roads, rolling down to the boat launch, then letting Lars do what he does best the rest of the way. 

Some fine riding this weekend:
UL new trails in North Tahoe

Father's Day Pollywood Perimeter Ride

King Fire Forest Destruction Tour

That last one confirmed a route connecting Ice House Road from Peavine Ridge with Forebay Road or Mosquito Road. 

Almost solstice, big moon, water temperature at the Jenkinson marina is 78.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Excessive Heat Warning

We'll get to experience our first taste of summer heat tonight. Though the trails still rate as super-prime. Fortunately, FT3 likes it hot. Extra Hot.

Unfortunately, some still haven't figured out what season it is. 

But, all the mountain bikers know its the season for looking out for sticks. 

Whatever your appetite, things are going down this weekend. Cappy mapped out a route for his medium length Father's Day ride. 

Better get some heat training in. Swimming anyone?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Get it while the gettin's good

Sly park trails will be nothing short of perfect this evening. Be there or be pedaling squares!

LRP Planning:

This weekend?

6/16 Fathers Day Massacre: Discussion of hitting all the Trails in Pollywood for 5-6 hours on Sunday June 16th. Early start so we can get home to our families to eat drink and be merry. I propose 7:30 wheels down at the Knott lot.

6/29 I am registered for Carson City Off Road, assuming I am the only FT3er going...unless I hear otherwise, let me know. 


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rebel Ride

Last FT3 was tough on the bikes. First to go was my flimsy front fender.

Shortly after that, XT popped a spoke.

And then, Fro's bottom bracket fell out.

Fortunately, we weren't far from the Lot. The ride was so short I didn't even turn my lights on. Still we were completely soaked through and ready for the comforting glow of the Taco Table.

Cappy and I got kicked out of the Rock Creek OHV area yesterday, and ended up putting down a moderate ride in Auburn. To avoid the hordes, we parked at the secret, hard-man spot that serves up a brutal climb to finish.

Father's Day Long Ride (June 16)?

Quadruple Crown (June 22)? Note: Myers Mountain Bike Festival has moved to a new location (Paradise Park) which looks even better than the original venue. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

LRP Planning

While winter continues, it is bound to end sometime, so it is time to calendar some LRPs.

2019 Early Season LRP Calendar Draft:

Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day on Trail 1: Rock Creek Trail, Monday Meet up - specific details coming soon. Fro is out for this ride, so we need another host or ride leader for this if it is going to happen. I have never ridden my MTB in that area so looking for others to step up. Let's get a count off going for this one in the HCF asap.

Sunday, June 16: Fathers Day Massacre: Gravel Grinder Extraordinaire, HoBo Ride or All the Pollywood Trails?

Saturday, June 22nd: Mother Lode Epic (any interest?) https://www.motherlodeepic.com/

Saturday, June 29th: Carson City Off Road 50 (is anyone actually going this year?) https://epicrides.com/events/carson-city-off-road/event-guide/



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Some Like It Wet

FT3 wasn't built under sunny skies.

The sweet, sweet conditions like we've had the last two weeks can't go on forever. And we might get bored if they did.

Can I get a tire bump?

That's right.

Third of an inch of rain forecasted for ride time, 43 degrees F, a straight up winter storm warning.

Excellent opportunity to harden up for the long ride Memorial Day Monday.

Once you got it up, keep it up!



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

All Dogs Go To Heaven

Call  it heaven, or paradise, or nirvana, but there are dogs there, and it's very similar to Pollywood on a mild, spring evening. A place populated by an eclectic group of oddballs

who help you up when you're down

and don't judge you by what shoes you wear.

Tonight should be as fine an evening as one can hope to experience.

No long rides have been calendared for the immediate future, but talk is buzzing about FT3 MT. B is ready to receive guests with "open arms". Anyone who makes the trip can expect delicious and cheap eats, national park scenery on trails right out the door, and accommodations,  well it's B's house so you may want to sleep in the car.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Ode to Booker

B's amazingly pleasant dog Booker has passed. He shared many a carpool to FT3, pounced joyously through heavy snow on countless mountains, raised the hair on the back of cute young lasses on Main Street in Placerville, and served as a loyal training partner and compadre numero uno to our own B.

He will be missed. We shall pour some out for Booker this evening. Cheers B, you gave him an amazing life.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dropper Post

Been a whole lot of FT3ing going on since the last post. A Gen2 member was quasi-qualified, there have been some comical crashes

and, most exciting, XT chased a mountain lion down the trail.

Its worth noting that the cat dropped XT, so outrunning is not an option.

The precip may taper off by ride time, but its probably going to be a little slick. For safety's sake, I should ride Cap'n's new bike so he doesn't try and get too rad.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Oh no, that there is an RV

Last week offered prime riding conditions with not a drop of rain. Just as Cap'n and I were ready to get going, XT drove up. Thus we made the mandatory minimum for a proper FT3. We had good intel on which trails were cleared of downed trees, so Ride Leader was able to avoid them. The cleared trails, that is. Our reconnoitering identified plenty of other trails that were nearly impassable.

Of course, the highlight of the evening was returning to the Knot Lot when we saw Cousin Eddie.

I mean, the resemblance is uncanny....

Cap'n and I got to reconnect with some long absent riders over the weekend. Its clear what missing FT3 does to one's fitness.

Fortunately, NoHandle has committed to a new training regimen.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Is it long ride season yet?

Been an exciting couple of weeks for FT3. The last two Tuesday had the low bro count of just two riders. Me and Fro took on the last of the snow.

then Cap'n and XT picked a fight with a tree. 

I wanted to ride last week, but I had a three day appointment with some mountains.

Of course, the real news is the turn over of one of the oldest bikes in FT3 history, NoHandle's Specialized.

We'll see if he brings his new bike tonight.

Rain chance and quantity forecasts for ride time keep dropping. Maybe we'll get lucky, it wouldn't be the first time. Or maybe it won't rain, who knows?


P.S. This is the 10 year anniversary of the blog.