Orchard Trails with Plussizebmx.com
I've been trying to make it down to Danny Daffer's place in San Diego for at least 2 years now and today i finally make it happen. Suzie and I drove in hellish 30mph 5 South traffic for over 2 and half hours but it was well worth it once we got there.
Danny's Orchard trails are small to medium sized with 3-4' steep lips and stepped up landings that start in his backyard with some pump track sized and style rollers and a table to get you started. Once in the pack you have 2 choices... the straight line consists of 3 sets into a 90 berm to pump bump to small step up( watch out for trees ). The other choice is to hip left after the first set the a bigger hip deep in the orange trees to a final small step-up... both lines terminate in the same 135* berm that serves a small pump track/warm-up section.
Quite a few of the Orchard locals came out to ride and Chris from plussizebmx.com was there shooting photos and grilling various meats. Danny and his other half, Leslie showed Lisa Myklak and I the hotlines
around the yard while locals Jimmy Visser, Timmy Gooden and Kevin Sorchetti were spinnin' and flippin'
about the place. It didn't hurt that the Crankworx Super Finals were going on line in the living room whenever we needed a break.
The sculpter/ resident shredder, Danny Daffer gets all kinds of flat on his rigid SuperCo.
While his other half, Leslis Slagle throws her Mob around the yard. Different strokes for different folks...
Thanks to Danny and Leslie for letting us invade their spot!!!
I had a great time flowing around and was throwing some clicked turndowns on this hit when my one secure foot blew... it all went horribly wrong taking a rather large deep chunk out of my palm. Good times...
Kevin Sorchetti had the place dialed and was killing it. Look for him, Adam and me at Crankworx Colorado next week too.
Lisa drove in from Barstow where she was visiting her sister with A. No helmet and B. No bike...
Do you think it phased her to ride new trails on a new bike ( the first production Mob to roll off the line in over 2 years) in a new helmet??? Nope... not a bit.
On a side note, I'd like to officially congratulate Jim Tharp and Lisa Myklak on their recent engagement and wish them all the best in their future together. So stoked to have you both riding for us.
Thumbs up on Jim and Lisa's engagement!!!
All photos by plussizebmx.com
Lisa, Suzie and I had a great time riding and visiting with everyone... I was specially happy to see Danny Meadows show up to hang out. For those who don't know, Danny Meadows is a long time SD BMX scene member who also had a backyard BMX playground that was always open to friends and new riders. He was also the track director at the new Olympic BMX training center and BMX track in Chula Vista, Ca. Danny was recently diagnosed with multiple scleorsis and is no longer able to ride a bike but with the help of Stephan Murray's Stay Strong Foundation he may soon have his very own full suspension dh wheelchair to fly on. Can't wait to see that...
Stephan Murray presents a check to Danny Meadows at the Chula Vista BMX National.