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Heads Up Hiker
By Cheryl Hartz, Prescott Valley, AZ
The best hikes in the county, safety, plus plants, trees and wildlife on the way!
Friday, May 11, 2012

Blog: Bicyclists sometime are stupid on trails, too

 Cheryl Hartz

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office included in an email a photo of its Rescue 1 helicopter and a department vehicle that assisted a lost bicyclist to safety this past month in Sedona.

Just so you know, trail stupidity isn't limited to hikers.

At about 3:30 p.m. on April 30, a 42-year-old bicyclist visiting from Washington realized he was lost near Sedona and phoned the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office for rescue. The YCSO report stated the bicyclist had been riding since 10:30 a.m., couldn't find his way back to main roads, and was out of water. After a Rescue 1 helicopter located him at about 5 p.m., a Forest Patrol supervisor hiked to get the guy and escorted him back a half-mile, including two creek crossings.

Fortunately, the bicyclist had stayed put and his cell phone GPS coordinates aided in locating him. YCSO's report states: "Rescue 1 has already proved an invaluable tool in locating lost/stranded/injured victims in the wilderness area around Yavapai County. In this case, time was a factor as any further delays could have forced the search beyond sundown."

Once again, way to go YCSO Forest Patrol!

I hope I won't have to write about myself as a stupid bicyclist in the near future. It won't be because of getting lost, but because I'll be trying something new. After two years of spin (stationary cycle) classes, I finally bit the bullet and bought cycle shoes. Then I had to get special pedals for my mountain bike, to make full use of the investment. I've used the shoes three times this past week at the gym - I like the way it makes me feel like part of an efficient machine - but I haven't ridden my bike yet.

I'm thinking Mother's Day would be a good time to inaugurate the new equipment on the trails. Good choices would be either the Iron King Trail from Prescott Valley to the Peavine Trail in Prescott, or just tooling along PV's urban trails, with an extended ride down Lakeshore Drive out to Fain Road.

Of course, if while making a sudden stop my aging brain forgets I'm clipped to the pedals, I could perform a spectacular crash to the dirt or pavement, whichever the case may be.

I always wear a helmet while bike riding, but maybe I should invest in some knee and elbow pads. On second thought, full body armor might be better. If you see me wearing a full body cast, you'll know how that worked out.

Happy Mother's Day!

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Article comment by: clipped in

Most times when a bicyclist takes her foot off the pedal, she is stopped, or nearly at a stop, ready to put the foot to the ground. Clipped in, that foot stays on the pedal much to the surprise of the bike rider who realizes too late she's tipping over sideways pulling her bike with her. All in slow motion, of course, the better for spectators to ooh and ahh. Yes, elbow and knee pads might come in handy.
Happy riding!

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