B-E-A-Utiful Grn Mtn ride this morn - TR
I am so glad I rode Grn Mtn this morning.
Usually not the biggest fan, but it's there, usually ridable in the winter and early/late season, and it's a ride.
Met MGE this morning (Sat 2/6/10) at 5 (:15) at Rooney lot.
It was very cold and foggy/misty.
Decided BOR wasn't calling our name yet, so headed around the lower ST to Hayden and climbed it. It obviously was still frozen being so early, but a LOT of people have been riding it when warm and VERY muddy (don't ride it during those times please!).
Anyway, we climbed up and out of the mist/clouds, and were above them. It was still dark, but we could see the clouds below, and knew we were in for a treat.
Didn't know how much of a treat though.
Once it lightened up it was unreal.
Some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen yet in my 46 years - no exaggeration.
Green Mtn and the surroundings as you've never seen.
Most of my decent pix were on the Zorro/DR side. Hopefully some of MGE's came out from the GM side.
Back down in the mist:
My favorite (?):
Didn't quite line up the pano good enough but still nice:
Maybe this is my fave?
A professional photog would have been in Heaven!
We both could not stop talking about it. I think I would have stayed up there and watched it until it cleared out, but MGE is on some kind of mission, so we kept going, which was good too.
MGE probably has some great pix as well, but until then - enjoy these.
This is a ride I will not forget for a L-O-N-G time!
I wish i never would have laid my head back on that pillow! dadgummit!
I'm a cowboy on a steel horse i ride!
That is awesome Andy, great shots!
Absolutely beautiful, Andy! Thanks for sharing!
Those are some gorgeous pics!
I was up there this morning and ran into mge on zorro. I thought what I saw was awesome after my relatively late start at 8:30 (compared to 5:00 you crazies!). Anyway what I saw was no where near as awesome as these pics. Great job!
Looks like San Fran. Great work
the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs
Which way? Uphill.
Yeah, it was gorgeous this morning. Glad I went out into the 25 degree fog, what a ride for February.
Just keep spinning. Just keep running. Just keep paddling.
Just keep moving forward.
nice pics Andy. Nice reward for the 5am start time!
Climbing to MTB heaven.
Those shots are great, Andy!
I looked at MGE's pix on just the tiny screen of his camera & they were KILLER! Can't wait to see'em on the big screen as well. Guess getting up at such an ungodly hour paid off for y'all today!
hehe ...you said "member"
Andy - damn ... that is amazing. sorry I missed it but my son and I had a blast up at Winter Park. Thanks for the invite though
We left the house at 6:00 and the fog was real thick. We didn't get the views that you two did ...
I just got back from a quick ride up on GM. Made it home from skiing with enough daylight left that I didn't need the Amoebas. Agree with you that there are still sections of Heyden that aren't rideable yet. Did you happen to catch the new signage that City of Lakewood has put up regarding trail use when muddy? Doubt it will help (sadly) ... tonight, while I was hiking a muddy section at the waterbars on Heyden, 2 riders passed me, off the trail, further widening an already widened section. When I politely asked them to keep their bikes on the trail, one guy replied "it's waaayyy too muddy, bro"
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Wow- great pictures Andy. Like riding on clouds.
Very Nice !
Even nicer that you have open trails unlike the Frozen Chosen up north.
One word alone can describe this morning....LEGENDARY! Thanks for making it out with me, Bad Andy! This ride tops anything I've done on the Front Range and redefines what may be thought of Green Mtn, just for the views alone.
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lets do this....
MGE- Thank you for a new desktop wallpaper! picture number 5 is now pleasing my eyes to the fullest extent!!! i thought the mist looked cool from my house out here in HR! Breath-taking in person i have no doubt! thank you very much for sharing guys!
Wonderful post, fantastic pictures!
rider of bicycles
How often do you get that kinda fog in CO? Not that often.
Good work getting up early for it. Thanks for reminding me that I need to get out on dirt, too much pavement these days.
BTW this could be on one of those inspirational posters........
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