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    Friday, Siver Dale

    Hey all - I'm thinking of riding Silver Dale, or possibly Silver Creek on Friday, if anyone is interested in joining me and seeing the Turn Of Doom for themselves.

    No time set yet, just thinking ahead.

    Anyone? Time preferences?
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    Interested

    Just marked Friday as a day off... Let me know how that thing develops, where to meet and when.

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    I'm flexible. If we leave early enough, we might have time to do the BIG loop. We can shuttle from Georgetown up to Silver Plume and start there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    I'm flexible. If we leave early enough, we might have time to do the BIG loop. We can shuttle from Georgetown up to Silver Plume and start there.
    I wanna go!! But by the time you're done with your most excellent ride I'll be wedged in an RJ headed back to Denver. I'm in Tucson all week.

    Kaba Klaus, you made a very wise decision. Riding up there's like Fruita ... only in Lord of the Rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVC15
    I wanna go!! But by the time you're done with your most excellent ride I'll be wedged in an RJ headed back to Denver. I'm in Tucson all week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    I'm flexible. If we leave early enough, we might have time to do the BIG loop. We can shuttle from Georgetown up to Silver Plume and start there.
    Flexible is bad. Be decisive. Take a lead and tell me. Where and when. I'll be drafting behind you all the way anyway. First because you know the area and I would get lost. Second just because.

    BTW: Two data points for planning... I live in Fort Collins and will ride my 30 something pounder. My lightweight XC bike broke on the rough Front Range trails.

    Looking forward to it!!!

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    Funny. I'm a clyde (225) and I'll be riding my 35+ lb. Nomad. So it's good to know you won't be dropping me too badly. I climb slow, but I have gravity on my side on the way down...

    Well, 10 AM in Georgetown at the visitor's center? I'll take a peek at the conditions up high and see whether an excursion to the BIG loop is feasible. If so, we can shuttle up to Plume and start our ride there. If not, we can ride from Georgetown. If we do the BIG loop, it'll take about 4-5 hours. If not, figure 3.



    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    Flexible is bad. Be decisive. Take a lead and tell me. Where and when. I'll be drafting behind you all the way anyway. First because you know the area and I would get lost. Second just because.

    BTW: Two data points for planning... I live in Fort Collins and will ride my 30 something pounder. My lightweight XC bike broke on the rough Front Range trails.

    Looking forward to it!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    Flexible is bad.
    Does that mean you're one of these "inflexibles" I keep hearing about?
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    hummmmm

    would y'all mind waiting for a slow fixie rider? (or at least draw lines on a map?)

    I may be able to get u pon friday

    hummmmm nice warm up to the igssc?
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    Confirmed. 10 am Georgetown visitor center!

    @SlowerThanSnot: Yes, I'll always wait for the poor bloke who has not yet discovered two of the biggest achievements of civilization. Happy to show you how gears work

    @Manmountain Dense: No, I am not an inflexible (at least they did not tell me that I am one) - but I do ride with them from time to time. WRT bike weight... looks like you and your bike are aligned. For me it is different more like an asparagus on fatt tires.

    Looking forward to it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    Hey all - I'm thinking of riding Silver Dale, or possibly Silver Creek on Friday, if anyone is interested in joining me and seeing the Turn Of Doom for themselves.

    No time set yet, just thinking ahead.

    Anyone? Time preferences?
    Silver Dale? What's it like? Any route maps? Thanks!
    Peace out and stay cool!

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    bittles: It's up by Georgetown. Offers a little something for everyone -- long climb, short fast fire road DH, rolling techy XC, skinnines, steep singletrack DH, the Turn of Doom... It's fun. No maps yet, actually one reason I want to ride this Friday is because I need to GPS it, going to try to make a map this winter for next season. I say, just come and check it out.

    SNOT -- I think the only part you may have trouble with on a fixie will be the jeep road downhill. Do you run brakes? If so, it should be no problem.

    WEATHER -- we may get some snow today/tonight/tomorrow, which will put a bit of a damper on this route as it's mostly north-facing. I will post regarding conditions tomorrow evening...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    bittles: It's up by Georgetown. Offers a little something for everyone -- long climb, short fast fire road DH, rolling techy XC, skinnines, steep singletrack DH, the Turn of Doom... It's fun. No maps yet, actually one reason I want to ride this Friday is because I need to GPS it, going to try to make a map this winter for next season. I say, just come and check it out.

    SNOT -- I think the only part you may have trouble with on a fixie will be the jeep road downhill. Do you run brakes? If so, it should be no problem.

    WEATHER -- we may get some snow today/tonight/tomorrow, which will put a bit of a damper on this route as it's mostly north-facing. I will post regarding conditions tomorrow evening...
    I run a brake sometimes two... I'm nuts but not crazy

    Looks like it won't happen I forgot I have plans for thursday night. So i'd have to ride up after those plans and then i'd be kinna shot for the ride on friday
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    I may be able to make this depending on how work goes. I'll be on my 35'ish pound HT with the single ring up front so that makes me weight proportional. Not that it makes any difference, it could be 20 pounds and I'd still be slow on the climbs.
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    Sweet. Well, as long as you can climb, say, White Ranch, you'll be able to hack this climb. There are some short steep spots but the majority of it is on an old railroad grade and so it's not that steep, just a grind...

    Right now it's sunny and nice up here, there has been some rain but I don't think much snow, at least nothing that's sticking. Will report more when I know more. Right now, looking good.
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    Spoke too soon. Snowing now... Hehe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    Sweet. Well, as long as you can climb, say, White Ranch, you'll be able to hack this climb. There are some short steep spots but the majority of it is on an old railroad grade and so it's not that steep, just a grind...

    Right now it's sunny and nice up here, there has been some rain but I don't think much snow, at least nothing that's sticking. Will report more when I know more. Right now, looking good.
    Nah, I'd be fine. It's only the really steep climbs that are a problem and then I just put it in two feet drive.
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    I'm likely, as long as the trails are in shape. I intend to prove that 'the curve of mild discomfort' has the ability to terrify at least me

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    I don't know about higher up, but here at my place (8,000 feet), no snow stuck. Today is supposed to be cool but clear, tomorrow high of 60 and "windy." My guess is we're in good shape, we may have to ride through some snowy patches but I think the trail will be clear.
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    hey bill,

    if you shuttle up top to start, how much of this ride would be different than what you showed TVC and me last week?

    not sure yet if i can spare the time away, but i'll keep my eye on this thread.

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    What's the clearance, Clarence?
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    I think we're good, the north-facing stuff across the highway (up around 9K) doesn't look like it has too much snow on it. We may hit some patches up high but we won't be over 10K so I think we'll be fine. 10 AM, Georgetown Visitor Center, good to go.

    If we shuttle, we'd just drive up to the train station in Silver Plume and cut off that whole climb from Georgetown. Saves us about 45 minutes so, or about 20 if we climb the bike path instead of the trail but -- "windy" doesn't sound like fun riding up Georgetown Hill along the interstate.

    See y'all there!


    >EDIT< I meant to say, I don't think FAT is in the cards, as it's close to tree line and I think it's probably got some snow cover on the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    I meant to say, I don't think FAT is in the cards, as it's close to tree line and I think it's probably got some snow cover on the top.
    Hola you. Could you do me a favor and post up a trail report after your ride? From the looks of the weather forcast, I'm looking to hit the area on Saturday. Ideally (but I realize unrealistically) ride Nott up and over FAT, then return via SilverDale. Any trail 411 on trail conditions would be much appreciated.

    Have fun tomorrow you guys!!

    (I'm still jealous.)

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    Uhh, dogs?...

    Would this be a dog friendly ride? (Cindee is young, fit, and very gung-ho...)

    Sounds like a great time, but I'm still on the fence, (big stack o'bills).

    BTW, here at '8400 near Allenspark, we only have very patchy snow...
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    Dog friendly... Hmm. Well, only if we shuttled it from Silver Plume, otherwise there's some road sections to get to the trail (or a ride up the bike path along I-70) -- if she was leashed during those sections, that might be okay.

    However, there is a healthy mile+ of rocky and rutted jeep road downhill involved, and the road does see traffic. A dog would have trouble keeping up with bikes on that section, I think. Plus, you know, there's jeeps. May not be recommended.

    Quote Originally Posted by daveM
    Would this be a dog friendly ride? (Cindee is young, fit, and very gung-ho...)

    Sounds like a great time, but I'm still on the fence, (big stack o'bills).

    BTW, here at '8400 near Allenspark, we only have very patchy snow...
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    I'm out. No way I can make Georgetown by 10 manana. Enjoy the ride!
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    The Turn Of Dyspepsia claims another victim!

    Quote Originally Posted by DWF
    I'm out. No way I can make Georgetown by 10 manana. Enjoy the ride!

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    I'll try to shoot better video tomorrow if anyone has the nerve to ride it.

    Note that I didn't say "If I have the nerve to ride it." Cuz I don't. Yet.


    >edit< And of course by "ride it," I meant the aforementioned Turn Of Searing Gas Pains. /edit
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    Quote Originally Posted by TVC15
    I'm looking to hit the area on Saturday. Ideally (but I realize unrealistically) ride Nott up and over FAT, then return via SilverDale.
    hmmm... really? private ride w/ the hubby?
    you were obviously paying better attention than i, as i'd be hard pressed to re-trace our route (let alone name the trails).

    let me know, s'il vous plait, if you wouldn't mind a tag-a-long. no worries either way-- i think some guys in the 'hood are planning to hit up indian creek saturday so i'm just lookin' for options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    hmmm... really? private ride w/ the hubby?
    you were obviously paying better attention than i, as i'd be hard pressed to re-trace our route (let alone name the trails).
    Yes, with the hubband, but not private. I've already been back for my second helping of that place and (surprisingly) didn't have any trouble retracing the route.

    If you want to join us that would be great. Not sure on times, but I imagine we'd like to have wheels on the ground by 10:30 or 11. Email/call/post back, whatever ... we'll make a plan.

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    Requested Ride Report

    Snow on Pavillion, all the way from the bottom. Didn't ride the notch, but I would guess it's at least patchy. All rideable up to the top. FAT is probably a lost cause, the cliff section is totally covered (you can see it from Silver Dale). The hike in is probably very wet and very cold, but hey, whateva floats yr boat.

    Silver Dale is fine. SIlver Creek is fine. I would recommend G-town to Notch to Pav to SD to SC out and back.

    BTW, Terry, to follow the route up Pavillion, just follow our tracks in the snow...
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    Many thanks to Manmountain Dense, SlowerThanSnot and M. (yes, I do the name - but not the alias...).

    Very sweet ride. Gave my legs a good workout and broadened my horizon. I did not know that there is such a great trail network in Georgetown.

    Thanks for a great day out!

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    PS: Fixie was very impressive!

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    Way Fun

    Super cool to ride with yah guys!

    Looking forward to a longer version.

    Thanks Bill for the bite to eat!

    Thanks Markus for taking some pics!

    Thanks Klaus for coming all the way from ft. collins to play with us...

    Grin still hasn't left my face even with my nap this afternoon to recover from my late night last night at the distillery!

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    let's see those pix! i forgot my camera last week.

    so did whiskey dave roll thru the turn o' doom (er, unpleasantness)? i know DWF woulda.

    TVC-- you're lucky that your spouse rides... enjoy the day together; i'll hit up indian creek w/ the boyz in the hood and we'll hook up some other time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
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    Told ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    let's see those pix! i forgot my camera last week.

    so did whiskey dave roll thru the turn o' doom (er, unpleasantness)? i know DWF woulda.

    TVC-- you're lucky that your spouse rides... enjoy the day together; i'll hit up indian creek w/ the boyz in the hood and we'll hook up some other time.
    those wooden thingys always scare me! DWF isn't human ether

    Markus had his cammera i'll post posting some up soon but gotta go eat dinner and meet some friends!
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    Thanks Manmountain Dense for sharing your knowledge. We had a really nice ride, despite the very chill wind while we were gearing up in Georgetown. It was good to meet the peeps!

    Here are a couple pictures for a flavor.







    It's actually that steep...


    Go Klaus! (this is his second time down)


    Part II





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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! holy frozen water crystals

    what a difference a week makes!

    {sigh} guess it's that time of year...

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    hey
    looks fun..anyone got directions so i can ride it?
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    Looks like a great ride! What the hell is that on the front of Dave's bike? Looks like a tire with an allergic reaction...
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