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    Falcon in the Clouds

    With the forecast calling for a lovely rain/snow mix, I thought it would be nice to get out for one last ride before the latest storm hit. I decided to hit Mt. Falcon for the first time of the season ... I've been missing those waterbars right out of the gate. What better way to start a ride than getting the heart rate immediately above 150?

    With the waterbars behind me, I took a look up to see the mountain top shrouded in clouds.





    The weather was perfect - nice and cool, which is always appreciated on the Castle Trail climb.
    A little further up and the clouds were going nowhere.



    Got to the top of the Castle Trail and what normally is a beautiful view of the Rooney valley was completely obscured. A very unique experience, to say the least.
    Here is a shot looking down to where the shelter is at the top of the Casltle climb, from up by the White House ruins.



    And looking back down to the east parking lot



    Further up, past the Walker House ruins, an erie view across the meadow up top



    I finished the climb up to the upper lot and hit the Parmalee/Ute/Devil's loops.
    Every year, when I ride Falcon for the first time, I'm somehow supprised as I remember just how fun that Parmalee loop is. It was dry to tacky (before the storm, that is )


    Heading back across the Meadow trail, I came across a huge wild turkey. He had his feathers all puffed out and was really putting on a show. Of course, as I tried to grab my camera, he suddenly became shy ...



    Ended up being a great ride before tonight's storm has us back on the roads or rollers for a while
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    Nice Jake! I got in a nice 20 mile spin on trails around lunch today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    Nice Jake! I got in a nice 20 mile spin on trails around lunch today.
    Sounds like you have quite the lunch hour
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    Nice pics Jake! Haven't ridden falcon in a while
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    Its such a treat to get to ride CO trails in conditions like this.
    Down is the new up.

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    Looks like it was a great ride there Doctor Dirt!!! Riding in low hanging clouds is my favorite conditions.




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    Thanks for sharing. Agreed that is a treat to ride these trails in the cool clouds.

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    Great pics. I rode with a mate a few years back at K-C Valley and we climbed THROUGH the clouds and were well above them at the top of Tincup. The whole Platte Valley was shrouded in clouds... almost to downtown.

    I'll always remember that ride...

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    Nice photos! I bet the short sound travel distance up there was really cool to experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69erSycip
    Nice photos! I bet the short sound travel distance up there was really cool to experience.
    He's 6'7'' he's used to that effect
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    Good stuff. I've been seeing a lot of turkeys lately as well.
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    Great photos Doc! Glad you were able to get out before this mess.

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