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    Cottonwood Gulch, late November

    There was some snow and ice up at the top, above 8,500 feet or so, but Cottonwood was a great ride this afternoon.

    Hard to get a photo that doesn't look all washed out and gray with this clear colorless light that we have as the solstice approaches, but I got two that I thought were worth posting:





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    no, it means your wheels have too much spoke

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    That can't be normal, all snow free and such. I thought you were getting hammered up there.
    I mean, with snowfall.
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    Nope.

    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    That can't be normal, all snow free and such. I thought you were getting hammered up there.
    I mean, with snowfall.
    Very dry in the valley right now.

    Up at the high point of yesterday's ride, 9,000 ft, there was some shade snow but not enough to keep grass stems from showing through. None at all out in the open without shade. The snow was weeks old, which is why there was ice. Just short stretches of wheel-rutted ice in perma-shade, which can be really treacherous obviously. But just 10-20 stretches where you have to not break or steer. Almost none of that was in Cottonwood Gulch, just the bits of single track and doubletrack that come before the drop-in.

    The Arkansas Hills Trail System is moisture free. I've been riding N Backbone a bunch. Haven't been on the Methodist side since the last snowfall, but the GF wants to ride today, and she'll want to go over there.

    Even with the huge snowpack last winter, we rode near town all year last year.
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    hence the banana belt monicker

    then again, xcghuy doesn't know much on-topic anywho

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    Never ridden there, thanks for the shots!

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    Little Rainbow is go

    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    Very dry in the valley right now...

    ... Haven't been on the Methodist side since the last snowfall, but the GF wants to ride today, and she'll want to go over there...
    Rode there yesterday afternoon. Methodist Trail System is dry.
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    I must say, Cottonwood is in great shape right now. Got a couple rides in last week before heading back to the flat lands for Turkey Day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    Methodist Trail System is dry.

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