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    The empty trail

    Yesterday I headed out to take a ride on, what is, IMHO, clearly the best ride in the front range. Thanks must go to a very nice friend for sharing the good stuff. The thing that always gets me, though, is that I never see anyone there. Yesterday, though, I ran into 4 bikers, only one of whom even attempted to yield while I was climbing. And even he was going to fast to do anything of consequence.

    Point is...this trail has got it all...nice dirt road warmup, rollercoaster forest singletrack, fast descent through rolling hills and brush, wide open plains singletrack, a killer climb back out, and even some slickrock. But the best part...by far...is the scenery. It is stupidly beautiful. And all the while, the trail continues to grow over.

    The Road In:


    Beginnings of forest singletrack. (Not pictured...rollercoaster sections...too much fun too stop.)




    Ah...beautiful.


    Beaker...chillin'.




    Ah...the plains.


    Beaker, a bit frazzled from the descent, posing with the turnaround tower.


    The trail grows over.








    Baby rattler on the trail?


    Beaker and friends.








    Check out that marbling!


    Proof I didn't shuttle.


    The last (and first) view.

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    Hey thanks, couple of questions:
    1) Name of that trail?
    2) 187...not sure what that means, been years since I used any on-bike electronics, is that your heart rate?
    3) What exactly is a "shuttle"?
    4) Nice pic's...do you always carry the stuffed toy with you?...it's...well...different... :-) (this guy really needs a riding buddy)

    Too bad about the jackies who didn't yield...maybe they are used to the trail being empty too and you caught them by surprise. Nice looking Raleigh, very clean SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canyonrat
    Hey thanks, couple of questions:
    1) Name of that trail?
    2) 187...not sure what that means, been years since I used any on-bike electronics, is that your heart rate?
    3) What exactly is a "shuttle"?
    4) Nice pic's...do you always carry the stuffed toy with you?...it's...well...different... :-) (this guy really needs a riding buddy)

    Too bad about the jackies who didn't yield...maybe they are used to the trail being empty too and you caught them by surprise. Nice looking Raleigh, very clean SS.
    1) Name of the trail...well...its kinda one of those "secret" places.
    2) Yep, heart rate.
    3) Shuttle: Driving to the top and riding down or vice versa.
    4) Yep, Beaker's been all over the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    Check out that marbling!
    Yeah but, did you roll it?

    Awesome post, great pictures and Beaker is killer

    Ed (stuck in the office on a Saturday )

    [SIZE="1"]P.S. the inconsiderate rider bit sort of ruins the flow of an otherwise stellar post, sh!t happens.[/SIZE]

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    Great pictures! That looks like a fun trail--don't feel bad about not sharing it here.

    BTW, I love Beaker!

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    Ah,,,a secret, Must be why it is growing over. I guess you can't have it both ways.

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    Very cool pic's but the Beaker and friends was to funny.Looks like you had fun.

    Thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs
    Yeah but, did you roll it?

    Awesome post, great pictures and Beaker is killer

    Ed (stuck in the office on a Saturday )

    P.S. the inconsiderate rider bit sort of ruins the flow of an otherwise stellar post, sh!t happens.
    Sorry to hear you're stuck in the office! The picture is very deceiving. My tire is actually butted up against it like a big boulder. You could probably ride it, but you wouldn't go anywhere, and you'd risk scratching up the beauty for everyone else.

    Yeah...I know...not good for the flow, but hey...if people are allowed to call me a DB, can't I complain just a little?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    You could probably ride it, but you wouldn't go anywhere, and you'd risk scratching up the beauty for everyone else.

    Yeah...I know...not good for the flow, but hey...if people are allowed to call me a DB, can't I complain just a little?
    I was joking about rolling it and good point about possibly marking it up. It's a beautiful shot.

    Oh that's right, I completely forgot you're a DB! Forgive me, I get the flow now....

    Still, one of the best FR forum mountain bike passion posts I've seen in a loooooong time

    Ed

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    Ed...just for you...here are some more (well, a lot more) Beaker shots:

    Beaker overlooking Skyline Drive in Chicago:


    Beaker on his first cross country drive:


    Beaker riding the Schuykill River Trail in Philadelphia:


    Beaker on Gobbler's Knob, home of Punxsutawney Phil:


    Beaker on Nantucket:


    Beaker with Poppy (gramps) in Vero Beach, Florida:


    Beaker doing a little boating in Vero Beach:


    Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach, FLA:


    Beaker in his 18th story South Beach condo:


    Another cross country adventure:


    St. Louis Arch:


    In the Arch:


    Indian Peaks Wilderness with J-man:


    Sangre de Cristo's:


    Beaker's pal Dr. Bunsen Honeydew on J-man in the Sangre's:


    Beaker crossing the mighty Columbia River in Astoria, OR:


    Beaker with the Rosetta Stone:


    Beaker in London:


    Big Ben:


    With a guard at the Tower of London:


    Using the "toilet" at the Tower of London:


    Beaker at the westernmost point in Europe near Dingle, Ireland:


    Beaker at Normandy:


    But even with all the places he's been, Beaker still loves it here in Colorado:

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    Awesome, just awesome. Beaker was my favorite character and as time has gone by I have forgotten him. Thanks for that...
    Tact is for people not witty enough to be sarcastic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kchri
    Awesome, just awesome. Beaker was my favorite character and as time has gone by I have forgotten him. Thanks for that...
    I know...he's the sh#t.

    Meep, meep. Nuf' said.

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    Nice....I know that trail; thinking of riding it tomorrow. Did you shuttle or climb back out? I have done it as a shuttle, but wondering what the climb out is like?

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    Nice pictures...thanks for taking the time to share. Putting Beaker in...well that's just plain a clever way to make all of those shots much more interesting. Thanks!

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    how 'bout a little hint doggy?

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    DejŠ Vu

    I think I have the same picture...



    Yup, in the archives from a couple of years ago. I love the old shack too. Gotta get back there with the camera. Great traveling pix BTW. Looks like Beaker gets around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    how 'bout a little hint doggy?
    Seriously? I'm not real familiar with the area, but there is a ridicuously distinguishable feature that screams out from one of the pictures.

    Took me about 10 minutes to find out all the details about this "secret" trail.

    I've never understood people posting pictures of "secret" trails here. Yeah I know we are all MTBers, but if you truly want to keep it alive then ride it and don't say a word. If you do post pics, then I'd suggest not showing any landmarks that can be easily identified.

    However, they are some cool pics, looks like a nice trail and I did enjoy the Beaker pics.

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    nevermind, I think I figured it out... with the help of my wife I guess she had some friends who grow up around there.

    Ironically I had lunch with the inlaws just west of that area today, if it's the place I think it is.
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    man, how awesome is -------- ------?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    Yesterday, though, I ran into 4 bikers, only one of whom even attempted to yield while I was climbing. And even he was going to fast to do anything of consequence.

    But nothing happened ...

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    Still stumped..

    Ok, i still can't figure out where this is..... how about a little hint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da Dook
    Ok, i still can't figure out where this is..... how about a little hint?
    Douglas County.
    A man must have enemies and places he is not welcome. In the end we are not only defined by our friends but those against us.

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    Very nice. Sure would be nice to ride someday.........like sometime around the fourth of july.... for a nice older gentleman and his lovely bride from out of state....I wouldn't tell a soul really, cross my heart and, well you know the rest.
    Ride the bike.

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    its not the secret DH course that the not so popular reporter outed last week


    Quote Originally Posted by Da Dook
    how about a little hint?

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    i love the Beaker puppet

    Fricking awesome! Because there was a shot of LSD with beaker made me a little home sick. I miss some of the food nothing else. Is anyone else from the greater Chi Town area?
    Scott

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