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The "nations birthday" and all that. I thought I'd observe by doing a little biking. The story begins on Saturday, July 1. A prelude, perhaps, with a little high-country exploration of a line on a map... (Some of you have seen these.)

The climb:


Inside an abandond balcksmith's shack.



The chosen route takes the long way up and around the "glacier". Snowbank, more like. Funny what passes for a glacier in these parts. But I digress.

Reaching the high country just in time for a brief shower, 60% was the forcast.





Sweet, thin alpine singletrack. Yum. We descend from here. Oh, the descent. Short, steep, delicious and entirely out of focus.



[More pics here.]

(Give me a break folks, several pages to follow... I'll say when I'm done.)
 

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Sunday

Well, you see I drove 1.5 hrs to the trailhead and didn't have my shoes. DOH! (At least I did a little recce of a future schemed ride...)

That eve I began the drive down south. Camped mid-way and woke to this:



First light on the University Range, above Buena Vista. But this was Monday morning and I'm enroute to Crested Butte.
 

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Monday

With a 9ish arrival to CB and meeting up with friends, the riding portion of visit to Crested Butte begins with the classic 401 trail. Natch.

Man, what a ripper. The ride begins with a short grunt of a climb from Schofield Pass to about 11.5k, and then sweeping views and down. Lots of down.




A-, hot in pursuit.


As apparently am I.


Kirk does what Kirk does best.

And then the trees:




Yeah, I'd ride it again.

[more pics here]
 

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Tuesday

A little morning light snatched while cooking breakfast for the troups.


Tuesday - the 4th - brings us a big day in the saddle with another CB classic route: Reno Divide -> Bear Creek -> Flag Creek -> Bear Creek -> Rosebud Creek -> Cement Mt. -> Deadmans Gulch. Yes, we shuttled to Reno Divide. You bet. But others rode here and we hung our heads in shame. Briefly, only briefly, for the fun began with a ripping descent:



We looobed our chains on the way down [also seen elsewhere]


and ripped some more:




there was a grunt of a second climb:


...and then the rain hit. And hit us hard. The descent of Deadmans was way too much fun to stop for pics, besides it was raining hard, getting cold and the sloppy, muddy mess of a trail was quickly evolving from detached puddles to a raging torrent.

Aftermath:

(do I look AM enough?)

Yeah, I'd do that one again too.

[more pics here]
 

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Wednesday

Wednesday brings us a crew rotation. We trade a couple of neo-coloradowejians for true to the quick Tejano. Still wiped from the previous day, much morning confusion, procrastination and bike maintenance ensues. Eventually we muster to give Deer Creek Trial a taste under threatening skies.

The ride begins with a grunt of a climb...


but soon enough, as all good things do, it too begins it's descent:







... and soon enough we arrive at the bike and beer conveyance device.

A- heads for home and it's just me and Tex now. And begins the rain. Solid rain. All night long rain.

[more pics here]
 

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Thursday

It rains through the night and the Thursday morning we effect a strategic rout to Breckenridge. Over a muddy Cottonwood Pass, a stop for buffalo and beer in Leadville and we achieve our objective. But it rains here too and we have only a single pic to document the wet but thuroughly enjoyable ride of Peaks Trail.



But this is no rest day as out and back from Frisco makes for a fine, respectable little jaunt.
 

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Friday

Finally Friday brings the prize. We stage a car at the Gold Hill trailhead and make the 40mi drive to Kenosha Pass. Up and over is the theme of the day.

This is one of the sweetest sections of trail anywhere near here, in my opinion. Definitely one of my faves. Yeah, I've raved about it before now, before then and other times too. Sue me. This time I'll go light on pictures.




Approaching the final rest stop before the top.


Traversing Georgia Pass


and down we go


This here is the fun stuff, fast and rocky.


The trail is still a little moist in places, but otherwise perfection in chocolate brown.

And then ripping down the Tiger Run section, some of the sweetest bombing you'll find:


[more pics here]
 

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Epilogue:

The ride completed and carb-loading well underway the rains came. And come they did with abandon. We made haste to the cover of the home roof but alas our shuttling ambitions for Saturday were dashed. In the AM I cracked a bottle of IPA over Tex's bunper and send him home. Ah well, there's always next weekend...

(OK, I'm done now.)
 

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I'm crushed.....

whilte you guys were getting wet riding in Breck on Thursday, I was getting really wet riding in Breck on Thursday..solo...could used the company, and could;ve definitely taken part in the shuttle action on friday....
 

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You suck!

Don't you work, ever?

Ok, now that that's out of my system, I have a question or 3 about Mary. Or Alice. Or whereever that might have been.

Oh, and thinking sane(ish) Montezuma thoughts for the weekend.
 

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i like my bacon slightly burnt

icegeek said:
...while cooking breakfast for the troups.
remind me to camp w/ you at RMH.
;)

props to the photog skillz too.
 

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muddylicious.
we got swamped in durango and telluride the other day.
nice change from dry phx.
 
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