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In the summer, the rhythms of the San Juan Mountains are based on the monsoons.
Every afternoon at about 2 pm, like clockwork, the skies fill with thunderheads.
First you hear the thunder, then see the lightning, and then, for about 2 hours,
it rains. Gorgeous, huge raindrops that blast right through any open window.

And so this pattern repeated for the week while I was there. Soon, we became tuned
to the monsoons. We rode early in the morning, before the skies closed in. We climbed
as high as we could, such that we could still make the mad dash back down to the Telluride
Valley before the storms hit again.

It was a very good pattern indeed. Just go ahead. Touch the sky.

These are my images.

Telluride: The monsoons

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Durango monsoon

so far this season I haven't missed a day's riding due to the monsoons. For short local rides I leave by 8; for longer rides I'm on dirt by 7. Always back by noon, often just ahead of the storms. Durango is on the lee side of the LaPlatas, which are efficient thunderhead generators. My terrier goes bonko when the booming starts and does stuff like chew holes in the walls in which to hide, so I best be home before the fireworks start. The whole deal is to go early, get it done and then enjoy a homebrew during post ride maintenance while enjoying the show.
It's always surprising how many MTBers I see who have not a clue. Like every day as I'm leaving whatever trail I rode, I'll meet riders just starting out and see bunches of slacker dude trailhead car shuttle weenies unloading, even as the sky is starting to look evil with the wind picking up and thunder booming in the distance. Not a clue. Other day I was home all of 10 minutes when hail the diameter of quarters started falling thick enough to turn my driveway white until the heavy heavy rain washed it all down the street. Gotta wonder how much fun team slacker dude was having up where I'd been an hour before.
 

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slacker shuttle weenies

hey its hard to ride at 8, when you've only been asleep for three hours...:)

and
if they all die horrible and meaningless deaths while getting zapped by
4 billion volts of electricity, then the global trail access problem will
be resolved:)

g!
 

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Great slide show & theme music! I just got back from t-ride for the Mountain States Cup XC race on Saturday...... and didn't have the time to ride some of the real trails that are so fun there. The ski-hill race course routine is getting old quick, and the course at t-ride was in awful shape due to the epic rains lately. It was the first time I considered stopping during the race because of the destruction to the water-logged trails all the bike tires were inflicting, but then I'd pop out of the single track next to a Caterpillar D-8 (big tracked machine) that had just "graded" the dirt roads at the ski area and figured it was doing far more harm in an already developed and contained area. Those shots you posted reminded of the more enjoyable rides I've had in and around Telluride, so thanks for reenforcing the positive memories after a tough race!
 

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Dude, thanks for the great post! You’ve captured the heart and sole of the ride. It brought a tear to my eye. I’ll be in Co (although not in Telluride) next week. I could smell those thunder storms as I watched your pics.

Pardon my ignorance, but who did the music?

Thanks
 
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