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Not far from where I sit there exists a route, difficult to describe, that has captivated my imagination for the better part of two decades.

It is not accurate to call it a trail. Although access is via derelict mining track, beyond that track there is seldom an actual path to follow. The route perambulates an ocean of naked rock within the looping bend of a meanderful river, overarched by yet more rock and distant islands of frosted mountains. It is never straight, never marked, never the same from trip to trip. Despite that, bicycles seem to be the ideal means for conveying our bodies up, down, and across it.

The above paragraph hints at <span style="font-style:italic;">why</span> it continues to captivate; It doesn't seem possible to grasp the whole when I repeatedly fail to grasp the individual parts.

A few days ago we spent all available daylight out flitting across this rock. The ride isn't 'big' in an enduro geek sense, but if you're able to <span style="font-style:italic;">not</span> stare at your front wheel it is difficult to call it anything other than huge. Lift your gaze for long and it becomes difficult to keep moving; The panorama <span style="font-style:italic;">insists</span> that you squeeze brakes, place foot on rock, and fixate with a soft focus. You know--<span style="font-style:italic;">gawk</span>.

There's a lotta red out there, but the hue is somehow dwarfed by the scale.

Words can't begin to explain it. Images aren't much better. Only <span style="font-style:italic;">actually being out there</span> is good enough.

I love it when that happens.


Perhaps the images I borrowed that day will inspire you to explore your own nearby <span style="font-style:italic;">yet somehow unknown</span> 'red route'; The one that calls out, captivates, and defies categorization.

Perhaps.

MC
 

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Magnificent!

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1. making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.: a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery.
2. extraordinarily fine; superb: a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather.
3. noble; sublime: a magnificent poem.
4. ( usually initial capital letter ) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand: Lorenzo the Magnificent.
5. lavishly munificent; extravagant: a magnificent inheritance.

Thank you. Your posts never fail to inspire.
 

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Big scenery, lot's of smiles, great passion hit. Thanks!
 

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KRob said:
Magnificent!

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–adjective
1. making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.: a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery.
2. extraordinarily fine; superb: a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather.
3. noble; sublime: a magnificent poem.
4. ( usually initial capital letter ) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand: Lorenzo the Magnificent.
5. lavishly munificent; extravagant: a magnificent inheritance.

Thank you. You're posts never fail to inspire.


LOL--your response was more eloquent than the original post!

Any plans for UT or AZ in your near future?
 

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wow is all i can say..... it give me incentive to reach moab (though this may be somewhere else) my dream location since i just started to ride again after a accident of a few hours of being paralyzed after a freak superman crash... thanks for sharing your nirvana.
 

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I wanna go. I have been wanting to go since I got my Rubicon, now especially so with the bikes. Whats the best season to go, spring or fall?
 

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mikesee said:
LOL--your response was more eloquent than the original post!
Except for that lame misuse of "you're".:rolleyes: I hate it when people (especially me) do that. (D'oh. I had to edit my post when I noticed it)

mikesee said:
Any plans for UT or AZ in your near future?
I've got a couple of possible dates for St. George/Vegas before the end of the year. You?
 

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amazing!
I really need to get out or new england to ride some of that stuff.
 

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That looks like an amazing place to ride. I would love to ride an area like that. Looks so much nicer than the flatness that is Florida where I live.
 

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Redder!

Just days after the last run at the red route, a gap in the wheelbuild queue presented itself. Not one single build in the queue could be advanced until UPS showed up with missing parts at ~4pm, which (duh!) is quitting time. So in essence I had the day to spend.

With the last run at 'red' glowing fresh, front and center in the memory banks, the choice seemed simple to me.

Landon, Skippy, and (of course) Milly agreed, so off we went.

Although we rode an almost verbatim route, the vibe of this day was different. Last time was about being, grooving, and seeing. This time? Charging. Mostly it was Skippy and Landon getting after it, but I found myself inspired by their lines and execution and occasionally dropped in or arced across as well.


The highlight of the day was, literally, the light. Soft, warm, glowing, at times even ethereal. If I say I've had better light to ride in and shoot with in the last year, well, I haven't.

Thanks for the day, gents. May another, similar but somehow different (better?!) happen again soon.

Cheers,

MC
 

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mikesee said:
redder...
You know, it's pretty easy to take good photos in the desert. Yours are great; very good eye. Millie (I assume is the dog) adds an interesting perspective. You can almost see her thinking "what are these crazy guys doing now?".

Have you ridden with hfly? He knows some unreal stuff in that area, never disappoints.

Thank you
 
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