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Continuing from the post yesterday, the first day that the five of us were together, we didn't do a great job of taking photos. We don't have a single photo of the Sovereign Trail and that's too bad because it's a cool trail. On the Sovereign day, we ended up riding 4:00 hours, but we were out 6:20. There were NUMEROUS occasions of map checking.


The second ride day was the Flat Pass loop. This trail includes several large and small ledge sections. (Photo 1 I am on the left and Dennis Andersen on the right.) In addition to the ledges, there is loose sand and rocks. Maintaining a certain, relatively high, speed is critical so you can float over the terrain. Going too slow leads to augering the front wheel in the sand. The LOOK full suspension bike just floated over the rock gardens. Fun! To see how deep the sand is on these sections, double-click on the second photo.







One of the nice things about the trail/jeep road is there are usually options to ride an easy side or a more difficult side of most sections. This helps minimize walking by tired or less-skilled riders.



Back to the ledges, double click on the third photo of Todd Singiser. Look at how compressed his front tire and shock are. Though not easy to see in the third photo, this was a good-sized ledge he climbed.



The fourth shot is a view of the La Salle mountains from Flat Pass.



The final shot in this post is a timer-shot taken on the overlook of the last big rocky drop on Flat Pass. Left to right is Dennis, Bill Frielingsdorf, Todd, me and Scott Ellis.



More photos in the next post.



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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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This recent May, a group of us took a trip to Moab, Utah for some mountain biking. When we drove over Vail Pass on Friday, May 2, it was snowing. Winter did not want to lose grip on Colorado.



On the way to Moab, we stopped outside of Fruita, Colorado to try out the Western Rim Trail. We were running late and didn't get a chance to do the whole trail, but everyone agreed it was worth the stop.



One issue with a stop of any kind, is the migratory rock issue. If you don't know about rock migration, perhaps I can give you a heads-up.



It seems that rocks find a way to migrate into hydration packs, looking to be located somewhere new. How they find their way into a pack has not been documented. There are many theories about how a rock might appear in the pack of an unsuspecting rider, but none of these theories have been caught or documented by a camera.



What has been caught on camera is owners of packs finding these migratory rocks. Dennis Andersen can be seen below, removing a migratory rock from his hydration pack. There is some speculation that he carried this rock in his pack for an entire day of riding on the Soverign Trail system. Though he had three people riding with him, not one of them noticed the rock fly/roll/jump/crawl into his pack.



Make no mistake, rocks are sneaky.





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