Monday, June 21, 2010

Not always about the ride

This was the first campsite, just finishing dinner when the local sheriff rolls by and says we gotta move, no signs but apparently no camping. Which was no easy task at 7:00 pm. everybody pitched in and we more or less loaded as tight as we were, with 4 people, 130lb. labrador, 4 bikes and gear, back into 4runner and off to find a new spot. Which turned out to be quite nice! Not next to the water and bugs!

Found a little bouldering to do as my kids are taking a liking to this. Of course cody has to have all the gear to go along. Today was a bike helmet and tennis shoes.

Always something peaceful about a campfire, unless there is stranny's being passed around! Not this trip though, rest and relaxation and exploring. And great food prepared by my wife.

Wet a line or two but caught nothing, except for a smile or two!

Victory! Not sure the rating on this one, he made it up alot easier than i
I got to sneak in a solo ride and it was much needed.

Last weeks, night ride was a rare tuesday and we headed up to idaho springs for some new to me trail. Well, we started on the old Waterline trail above the waterwheel. I used to run that in junior high for ski team training. Forgot how narrow and exposed that bit of trail is!

The crew! minus dan who apparently ducked out of the pic. Something about witness protection.

Our high point for the evening, 3.5 miles above squaw pass and at the top of Warren Gulch. Just in time for a little thundering applause for our arduous 4000' climb only to lose the same in 5-6 miles back to idaho springs!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

This was the plan

But mother nature and lakewood parks put the kabosh on this project.

Had a good number of people lined up to work today lets just hope it comes together again real soon! Thanks to all those ready to go today!!

Dont get me wrong, i appreciate what mother nature has done lately! Just wish she could of held off a bit! ;)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Welcome to the Jungle!

Set alarm for 4:00am and met up with bad andy, scar and danno for a little deer creek. The lower rattlesnake trail was wet, overgrown and smelled oh so good! After the first few lashes across the face, i decided to pull over and take out the camera (which also doubled as letting the group go ahead and knock off most of the water of all the overgrowth ;) ) it actually felt pretty good though! Not too many mornings like this. The rain the night before treated us to near perfect trail conditions!

Scar hitting the plym mtn. trail.

The dawn of a new day for all to see, hear and bask in! I just wanted to get around the next corner to see what God had for us next!

No dissapointments!

bad andy
pinch flatted on the way down red mesa

Off to work...........but my mind wandered back to here a lot today!! May just head back here on Monday morning for a little more! Hope you had a great day!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Im still Fat!

No not that kinda fat, (although im working on that too!) but the fats up in Georgetown! Started with a little bit of railroad grade. With some tucked away singletrack in to warm up the engine's.

then it was up up and more up to the old waldorf mine site at about 11,800' : Some remnants of late season turns remain in that center couloir on Torreys peak at 14,267'

The evil mGe and Guac makin it to the top.

Then it was some fast downhill and then some quality time pushing my bike up alot to get to here.

After this i didnt pull the camera out once i was too busy grabbing a handful of brakes for the wild ride back down. You know its steep if Jeremy's walkin!!
Nice to be in the high country and breathin clean air!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

To Grandmothers house we go

I had a plan to ride from waterton to this point ( somewhere near bailey) via the CT, based on my lack of much riding lately, one day a week maybe two. Thought that was a little more than i had in me. So i just opted to sleep in, and get dropped off in buff creek. It was hot and nearing 12:30

For a holiday weekend trails were pretty empty, i was pleasantly surprised. Climb up shinglemill felt great up to CT. I love the Colorado Trail!

This is where my big boy pants were starting to creep down, i headed to the right.

And rightfully so as i neared the top of the last climb i was waay underfed and not hydrated at all. Once i hit the road anything that tilted upward was just suckage! The washboard proved to be a bit jarring and actually popped my back and that felt pretty good!

The last of the steep roads and it is a longer one, totally doable on a 32x18 but here is where those big boy pants fell all the way down to my ankles and had the hike up shame up this hill. But that was soon forgotten as i crested and tore down the other side, oh one more hill but i could smell food and a frosty pbr from here so i stood on the pedals and drug my sorry but down the driveway!

To this place that is just as cozy as it looks!

Once fed, the fort building began put up main supports and they took over from there.

not too shabby

the point overlooking the river and a good place to think, thanks guys!

For a great weekend!