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    Ride suggestions for Thanksgiving weekend

    I'm not going home for the holiday so I was hoping for some suggestions on rides within 2 hours of Lakewood. I have a 4 day weekend so I'd like to get lots of time in the saddle. I'll likely be riding alone, so something that probably won't kill me would be good and easy to navigate would be a plus.

    I'm new to the area and I've only ridden some of Buff Creek, South Table, and Three Sisters so far. Familiar with Matthew Winters because I hiked it this weekend, so that will be on my list. Want to try Dakota Ridge and ....whatever I can link up there.

    Looking for some scenic rides where I can't see or hear a road. Can ride a Stumpy FSR, GT Peace 9r SS, or a GT Sanction depending on the gnarliness of the terrain. Not afraid of DH/FR terrain or to explode a lung (ok, I'm kinda afraid of that).

    Any suggestions?

    -Shannon

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    Drive fast to Pueblo!

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    Is it worth it to drive to Pueblo? I can drive further, if there's free tent camping in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.O.G. View Post
    Is it worth it to drive to Pueblo? I can drive further, if there's free tent camping in the area.
    Personally I'd get bored with 4 days at Pueblo but to each their own.

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    4-day weekend?? Screw the two hour limit. Moab & Fruita. Have you SEEN the forecast??

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    guess I'm gonna be bored

    cause the dog and I are looking at heading down there friday morning from Aurora and camping through sunday, nice easy trip.

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    I'm planning to ride the Coyote Ridge-Rimrock-Indian Summer combo in Fort Collins on Thanksgiving morning. Here's a link to the thread:

    Ft. Collins Turkey Day ride?
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    Moab, for sure. Rent a room a night or two, camp a night or two. Make it one to remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by screamingbunny View Post
    cause the dog and I are looking at heading down there friday morning from Aurora and camping through sunday, nice easy trip.

    Pueblo for at least a day, but don't bring your dog if he will not be leashed!!! He will kill all the wildlife that was shot dead long ago and knock the planet off of its axis killing all 9 rare species of plant life. Don't be be so damn selfish, you know what..... Just stay at home!!!

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    Four day weekend, I'd head to Fruita and Moab.

    If you want to stay closer, I'd do a ride at Buffalo Creek, then a Hall Ranch-Picture Rock-Heil Ranch ride, and then make your way up to Loveland and do Devils Backbone-Blue Sky-Indian Summer.

    Just about everything in the Front Range is dry, no need to go to Pueblo.

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    Moab, GJ, and Fruita were my first choices, but without someone to ride with, I didn't want to chance it. My brother in law just said he's coming out from KC for a couple days, so Moab is probably out still as he's heading back Saturday morning. He may be down with Moab, but I doubt he'll want to drive another 4 or 5 hours after driving from KC.

    Thanks for the ride suggestions Steve. I'll look those up.

    -Shannon

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    I'd also check out Centennial Cone in Golden (near Golden Gate SP)- start from the Mayhem Gulch TH and you can get in about 15-16 miles of super fun singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    4-day weekend?? Screw the two hour limit. Moab & Fruita. Have you SEEN the forecast??

    /thread

    Why yes, I have seen the forecast


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    Awesome. Thanks.

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    Classic

    Chimney -> Apex -> Golden City Brewery
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    Quote Originally Posted by C.O.G. View Post
    Moab, GJ, and Fruita were my first choices, but without someone to ride with, I didn't want to chance it. ...
    Chance it? Chance what? It's not like you'd be riding alone out there.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek View Post
    Chance it? Chance what? It's not like you'd be riding alone out there.
    If you ride the trails we rode... you just might be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR View Post
    Chimney -> Apex -> Golden City Brewery
    Always a good choice.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR View Post
    Chimney -> Apex -> Golden City Brewery
    I like the way you think.

    Chance what? Chance coming off a drop wrong and braking something 10 miles out. Chance catching a pedal and breaking a vital limb or bike part. Lots to chance. I've ridden Moab alone, but it was stupid and I learned from it. If I want to ride from Hazard County or Burro Pass (doubt its open) and I'm by myself, I really could be the last guy coming from down the La Sal's that day, or down Porc Rim. That's not a situation I want to be in.

    I'm no chump, but I'm no dummy either. If I'm going to ride Moab, it's going to be full throttle with a friend who can drag my ass out or go for help if need be.

    Anyhow, I'm riding the local trails for sure now, so thanks for the suggestions.

    -Shannon

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    Stay in Front Range

    If you are new to the Front Range I would stay in town. There are plenty of trails to ride and the weather looks great. Mt Falcon to Lair o' the Bear is a great ride. White Ranch, Deer Creek, Green Mountain, if you hiked Matthew Winters check out Dakota Ridge and if you get bored in town head up to Lyons for Hall Ranch. If your buddy coming out has sea legs check out Bear Creek, I have really enjoyed this area lately, trail are fun and fast with minimal climbing. Enjoy hope to see you on the trail.

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    Thanks. We may just ride Bear Creek, and I'll check out the others when he leaves. He's from the flatland (Kansas City) and doesn't get much time on the bike, so that's probably the better choice.

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    Hall/Heil/Picture Rock/Walker Ranch (out and back sessions considering the icy areas, Meyer's Gulch is there, too), front side of Apex, uh how's Green Mountain? Too bad, in a way, your buddy is kind of the limiting factor here. Make sure you ride the easy stuff with him but seek out some more tech when you're on your own. I say "on your own" but wherever you ride on the Front Range this weekend you'll have company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waafoo View Post
    Pueblo for at least a day, but don't bring your dog if he will not be leashed!!! He will kill all the wildlife that was shot dead long ago and knock the planet off of its axis killing all 9 rare species of plant life. Don't be be so damn selfish, you know what..... Just stay at home!!!
    I don't get it, if he's on a leash how can he run down deer and rape them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.O.G. View Post
    I like the way you think.

    Chance what? Chance coming off a drop wrong and braking something 10 miles out. Chance catching a pedal and breaking a vital limb or bike part. Lots to chance. I've ridden Moab alone, but it was stupid and I learned from it. If I want to ride from Hazard County or Burro Pass (doubt its open) and I'm by myself, I really could be the last guy coming from down the La Sal's that day, or down Porc Rim. That's not a situation I want to be in.

    I'm no chump, but I'm no dummy either. If I'm going to ride Moab, it's going to be full throttle with a friend who can drag my ass out or go for help if need be.

    Anyhow, I'm riding the local trails for sure now, so thanks for the suggestions.

    -Shannon
    Ridding Moab solo is strangely addictive! I will never forget the time I was on porc on a moto at 5:00am in the canyon at the bottom, totally screwed i thought! Just concentrated and nailed the gas....close call. Or when I was dropping in Portal in a snow storm... Back up would have been nice but not having any made the ride that much more intense and memorable!!! Moab gets my vote!!Solo!

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