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As I mentioned in my last blog, a group of us headed west to do some mountain biking in Fruita, Colorado and Moab, Utah. Today is my first day back in the office, so I'm a little jammed for time; but I did want to post a couple of photos and a cool link.

 

Day 1, my buddy Scott Ellis and I rode some trails just outside of Fruita, Colorado. Below is a shot of Scott on either Mary's Loop, or Horsethief Bench. (I can't remember which trail we were on when I took the photo.) If you want to check out a cool video, see this link and select the Horsethief Bench option. Watch half of the video if you're pinched for time.

 

No, I didn't ride down (or back up) the hairy descent to get to Horsethief, I considered it perfectly walkable. Once down that section, it's a cool trail. On the link I sent you, one guy does make it down the entire section.

 

For anyone that's tried to video or take a photo of a hairy section of trail, you know it never looks as scary on photo or video.

 

Day 2, the rest of our crew (Todd Singiser, Dennis Andersen and Bill Frielingsdorf) were still stuck in Colorado due to the nasty snowstorm. They began driving late Friday afternoon and got turned around by a closed Vail Pass and horrible driving conditions in the mountains. Vail Pass remained closed from about 4:30 pm on Friday night until late Saturday morning. While they were en route to Moab, Scott and I rode with Todd's friend, Sam Walls, and his gang.

 

We rode Porcupine Rim (which remains my favorite Moab trail) as a loop from our condo in downtown Moab. Below is a shot of Sam on the rock that hangs out over the rim at the overlook spot. Sam was the king of cleaning and descending tough obstacles that day.

 

More on the trip later...

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