Flagstaff had its first snow last week, which says to me that the riding season here in the northland is coming to a close, unless we have one of those generally snowless winters. If its anything like last winter, though, it’ll be a long, cold winter with Forest roads closed well into the spring. So, I thought it would be an appropriate time to post up some photos from my rides in Northern Arizona this year, and encourage everybody to post their favorites here, too. I tried to include at least my bike or my helmet to represent me in every photo, thus making them “riding pictures” rather than just “pictures”. Since my busy life kept me from joining any planned rides with my fellow TTers, I don’t have any good action shots or even shots with me in the photo. Sad, I know. A few of my more profound observations from my rides this year… 1) Regardless of my passion for dirt riding, having two small kids and a busy wife puts a hell of a damper on any effort to ride regularly. 2) I really need to work out. 3) Northern Arizona is beautiful, and there’s nothing like getting to those perfect secluded spots on your dirtbike. 4) Riding in a hailstorm really blows. 5) If a man’s dirtbike is a representation of himself, then it would appear that I’m a little heavy, kinda ugly, and really starting to show my age. In response to observation #5, I’ve resolved to shake off the neglect of the bike’s previous owner, and myself to date, and give my bike a bit of a makeover this winter. That way, perhaps, next year I’ll look at least slightly cooler than I actually am. (I’ll post before and after pics in another thread after the project is complete.) Yeah, it’ll be the same bike, but at least you won’t recognize it as the hideous result of excessive use and ongoing cosmetic neglect that it is now. So, here are some of my favorite photos from this year. Kendrick Peak across a field. This was taken off of some minor forest road northwest of Flagstaff. Looking north from Hayfield Draw OHV area near Cottonwood. The San Francisco Peaks from the top of Mount Elden. The "top" of Mt. Elden is substantially larger than you'd think. If you haven't been up there, I recommend it for some great views. A meadow near the top of Mount Elden. The east side of Flagstaff (Doney Park and Cinder Hills OHV) from the top of Mt. Elden. Again, killer views, although you technically can't ride to this spot because it's along a pedestrian trail. Flagstaff from the top of Mt. Elden. The San Franciscos again... from somewhere northwest of town. Looking up $100 Hill and Cinder Hills OHV. Pipeline ride in the cinders! Anybody else have some great Northern AZ riding pics to share? Or just your favorites from 2008, for that matter? Post 'em here! Although the itch to ride will certainly take most of us south during the cold months, here's to looking forward to 2009 after we thaw out!