Quick story for the folks that are still stuck in front of the computer this late on a Friday.
I took the day off today and started for a ride as soon as I could get my crap together. That time happened to be 8:20 AM. I left from my house in Salida and rode to Poncha Springs, up the highway to the Marshall Pass Road, and up said road to said pass.
(disclosure: this photo is actually from another time. The bike is now quite a bit dirtier, and there is a significant amount of moon dust now on the trail)
It was already warming up quite a bit by the time I finally got my butt pedaling for the pass. The headwind up from Poncha southbound on 285 was heinous. The aspen tunnel of the dirt road up to the pass, once I had left the highway long behind was wonderful.
(OK, this is from September of 2011. Now it looks much dryer and more burnt, oddly. Summer has just begun and the vegetation at 11K elevation is already burnt.)
Stoke posts must include photos. I took no photos today. I did not intend for it to be the way it was, but the reality is that I did not really stop. The stats on my GPS at the end said, 6 hours, 4 minutes moving time, 4 minutes, 56 seconds stopped time.
In the early part of the ride, I just felt like pedaling and did not feel like stopping. In the later part of the ride, it was just so god@mn hot I wanted to be back in town where I could drink cool things and hide in the shade.
From a beta standpoint: the trail south from Marshall Pass has been totally cleared of trees. Many, many, many trees were cut. It smells nice. Very piney. Also, there is moondust.
Then, Silver Creek Trail. Wow, it is so full of rubble. The Forest Service is flagging up there, I actually passed a guy I know who was busy flagging. Looks like they have some work planned. But it's going to be quite a project. Here it is, June 22. Usually we'd be a couple weeks from the beginning of the Crest Ride "season". But it's game on. And the trail is already totally hammered. It's dry, it's loose, rocks are tossed all over the trailbed--basically it's in September condition.
Rainbow? Hot. Mofo Hot. Moondust. Creeks are almost completely dried up.
Got back home. Enjoying this quite a bit:
Good weekend y'all
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