July 5th was a fine evening for a ride on the Hillside. About as good as it gets with sunshine, great trail conditions, and the company of the awesome Divas!
Seventeen riders carpooled to the Upper Huffman trailhead and wound our way from Silver Fern to White Spruce and the South Fork Rim Trail before buzzing our way down the STA singletracks that had been freshly brushed of tall grass alongside the trail.
A few Divas were wondering just what the route was so they can ride it again - practice that plank riding, girls! Here are the maps with the route:
From Upper Huffman to Prospect Heights
The STA trails, starting at Prospect
This link takes you to a map of the hillside trails in Chugach State Park.
This link takes you to the old STA blog where you can download printable maps.
Cloudy skies with a few sprinkles mixed in greeted us at Abbott Loop Community Park - 40 of us!! Great turn-out, ladies! New Divas are continuing to show up, and that's a good thing. Yay.
Kaity took a photo of us and we're still smiling after a bone-shaking, tooth-rattling ride on the roots on Root Canal. (AKA Speedway or Area 51)
Julie shows off her badge of coolness/courage after a slight mishap with a tree.
Bev cruises around the last corner of Root Canal onto Moose Meadow.
Kaity is back in Alaska for part of the summer - yippee!
It's crazy how Divas seem to find each other on the trails - we ran across Maggi's fun group at the intersection of Moose Meadow and Rover's Run.
Ha! And then who did we encounter on Rover's Run??? Fun times.
Hey bear, hey bear, WHOA - BEARS!! Krista took this great photo of two plump black bears at the top of Antenna Hill. They minded their own business - lucky for the group, led by Katherine. Great to see them, but even better when they play nice and leave us alone!
Some Divas just have to ride - rain or no rain, and boy, was there rain! It started out as a steady drizzle, but by the time we rode the Coastal Trail from Earthquake park to the Kincaid Chalet, we were soaked. Between the gusts of wind and the downpour on the ride back, we were happy to return to our vehicles, dripping wet. Hot showers and hot chocolate sure sounded good!
Six water-resistant Divas did not let a little (or in this case, A LOT) of rain stop them. We had to ring out our saturated socks at the finish!
Katherine, leading the ride with Diane, showed off her new, super-fun helmet.
A multitude of Divas (including many new members!) met at the Check Albrecht Ballfields, and divided into 2 groups. Half rode pavement in the Chester and Campbell Creek trails, and half ventured onto dirt in the Campbell Tract.
Cecelia led the group riding mountain bikes onto dirt trails on the Tour of Anchorage Trail and into the Campbell Tract. The trails are dry!!
Patti's smile says it all!!
Shaina and Margaret cruise through an intersection.
Margaret and Bonnie ride through the trees on the way back to the ballfields.
WOW - What a perfect night for the Spring Formal! Oodles of decked-out Divas rode the Coastal Trail, prompting tons of smiles, giggles and thumbs-ups from innocent bystanders who were subjected to our crazy, fun, Diva spirit.
Costumed Divas gathered at Elderberry Park for the start of a very festive evening.
The enthusiastic pre-ride mood was boosted by clear, blues skies, warm temps and plenty of sunshine.
Brenda, the Bride, dared to wear all white, despite being a DIRT Diva!
So many happy smiles!
Woot Woot Woot!! Pam rides in style!
JoAnn was happily pink, and Diana & Kristin showed off their super cool fashion!
We were a multi-colored group...
...with lots of pink!
We went as far as Pt. Woronzof, where we enjoyed showing off our costumes.
Wendy was an awesome Robin, with a cape that fluttered in the wind.
There was no lack of fun photo opportunities!
Never too much pink for our group!
I think I can say a good time was had by all....
AND THE WINNERS ARE.......
Nancy Flamingo Diva won a $25 gift certificate to Paramount Bike Shop for Best Costume.
Brenda Bride Diva was runner up and received a bright bouquet of perfectly lovely plastic flowers!