It was only a matter of time before we had to pay the piper. Overall lots of dry trails in these parts lately. But hurricanes, tropical storms and all manner of precipitation are showing on the radar. We got dumped on last night and it's still going as I write this. Looks like the pavement may be calling tomorrow.
Speaking of rain, we got it every evening when we were in the desert (Fruita). Strange. Although it seemed to mostly center around our camp. An evening ride on Joe's Ridge saw had us, from far off, watching dark clouds and lightening hovering over our camp. Why mention this now? Well, I need some sort of tie-in for this picture of Chris riding Moore Fun, Fruita's crown jewel of technical trails. It is well named, as we all left if with fat smiles on our faces. Super technical stuff for most of the ride, a true test of skills.
Super Highway? //
Thursday - July 7, 2005
Good Wednesday night ride last night. The status was in question since we got about 4/10 of an inch of rain Tuesday night. It all happened within an hour, so a lot probably ran right off. Plus, it's been so dry around here that the rest was sure to get sucked up. We ventured out with a little caution and were rewarded with trails that were either a little tacky or so bone dry and dusty they were sketchy at high speeds. Avoided a couple of known bogs and logged in a nice 2 plus hour ride then headed out for some food, beer and Tour viewing.
The picture at right is not from Wednesday night as I'm sure most people can easily figure out. It's called the Lower Lower trail in Crested Butte and was right by our campsite and the quickest way in to town. Not a bad route to have out your back door.
Holiday In The Sun //
Tuesday - July 5, 2005
Great weather here this weekend, hot and sunny. Three day weekend, three ride weekend. Played it quite loose, got two days of dirt in and a mixed bag, fixed psycho-cross adventure exploration ride mixing dirt and pavement on the Crosscheck.
Up until the Colorado trip it's been a little while since I had taken bike photos. Main reason was my camera got jacked. Replaced it a bit before the trip but really didn't have a lot of chance to use it. Even though I shot a lot of pictures on the trip, I could have shot so many more. There were times we were just tearing down the mountain and I'd want to stop, rip out the camera and turn around to get some shots of the action barreling towards me. I passed on a lot (probably most) of those opportunities because I was just being plain selfish and greedy and wanted to take the long descents in one giant gulp. And as much as there could have been some really cool shots taken at those times, I have no regrets. As Chris said: You're a biker, not a photographer". Very true, we can't forget our primary objective.
Anyway, since I did take quite a few pictures I'll continue to throw some up here for a bit. This one in particular is on The Edge Loop, a 30+ mile ride we did on one of our last days of the trip. Here the group assesses the rappel down the waterfall (look closely in the center and you'll see a rope). You are deep into the ride at this point, there is no turning back. We had the added bonus of a good rain the night before (summer in the desert, go figure) that had water flowing down the usually dry rocks. Combine that with the wet rope and your hard soled cycling shoes to add a little extra excitement. Just some extra fun on an already fun loop.