What a delightful weekend! Rather spontaneously, Matt and I decided we'd had enough of riding our trail bikes on 3 feet of hard packed snow (blog about snow biking coming soon) and it was high time we put some dirt under our knobbies. So we loaded up, grabbed the dogs, and went west until the snow melted away and we could feel the warmth of the sun on our exposed arms again.
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Saturday: the goal was to ride from morning until sun down. This was very nearly accomplished by Matt, and almost accomplished by myself except for a 60 minute gap in the middle of the day when I realized that while on call, its a good idea to have your cell phone with you. We rode in the Kokpelli area, Rustler's, Horsethief, Mary's and Steve's Loops, all of which were in superb, hero dirt condition. We tried to ride Moore fun, one of our favs, but were turned around by some locals with tidings of "soul sucking" mud. Overall, the conditions were perfect. Not the typical crowds you can see on a weekend in Fruita, blue skies and 50 degrees. After putting in 20+ miles we were ready for some Hot Tomato (best pizza pies on the western slope) and tasty brews.
It's rad how easy it is to escape to a drier, lower elevation area with such quality singletrack. I can't say thanks enough to the Martins' for housing us and to my best friend Matt for being willing to ride bikes in January. The silly smile is gonna be stuck to my face for awhile.