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    TR: Mellowrado Trail, Segments 3, 2, and 1

    Pardon the odd screennames, this was crossposted over on Tetongravity

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    Feeling ambitious, the Mayor, squatch, bedtime4bonzos and I decided to ride the Colorado ("Mellowrado") Trail from Wellington Lake to Waterton Canyon, thus completing (albeit in reverse) the first three segments of the Colorado Trail.

    What followed was a very long ride (we started too late), we didn't get back until after dark, and in sum, its a big ride (42 miles, close to 8,000 feet of climbing (per Motionbased), but 10,500 feet of descending]. Motion based data found here

    BUT, the ride does include 36 miles of singletrack.

    Loading up the shuttle (thanks again, Leah)


    Mellowrado, brah


    Looking out towards the Lost Creek Wilderness


    The Mayor and squatch at the beginning of a long day




    Mellowrado, brah


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    The author sampling the t3ch GnAR on the Mellowrado Trail


    Gigantopithicus doing the same


    More Mellowrado goodness
    [img]http://lh6.ggpht.com/Rontele/SCcNBbwFRAI/AAAAAAAAALk/Zo34OXChs7c/s800/Segments%203%2C%202%2C%20and%201%2C%20Mellowrado%2 0Trail%20024.JPG[img]

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    Sustenance for Gigantopithicus


    Thus concluded Segment 3 of the trail. Segment 2 moves onto the burn area of the 1995 Buffalo Creek fire. Given is odd location between the South Platte and Buffalo Creek and its insane elevation gain, its not nearly as ridden as Segment 3.

    Buff enough for you, Shirk?




    Segment 2 is far rockier


    and way FLOWIER


    Eventually, the trail leave the burn area and goes back into the forest


    And ascends high above the Front Range foothills


    Only descend a LONG way down to the Platte


    down, back into the burn area


    Looking back towards the start of Segment 2 (behind that mountain)


    Eventually you descend all the way to the Platte, cross it and begin the big climb of the day (25 miles into the ride)


    Rontele and bedtime4bonzos fueling up for the climb


    The climb sucked, but the views were great. For reference we started all the way in the back of this photo


    After this, it got dark very quickly and the camera went away. We didn't get down to the end of the Waterton Canyon Road until 9, exhausted, but stoked on a great day.

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    Nice ride.

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    nice dude!

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    fix the broken image links jong!

    as I was going to sleep the night after the ride, I could still see singletrack....like when you stare at the sun for too long

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    Quote Originally Posted by pechelman
    fix the broken image links jong!

    as I was going to sleep the night after the ride, I could still see singletrack....like when you stare at the sun for too long
    Same here, only in my case it was the godawful noise my rear brake was making when pushing my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squatch_
    ...when [SIZE=4]PUSHING[/SIZE] my bike.



    Tact is for people not witty enough to be sarcastic...

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    here's a tip for ya...

    Quote Originally Posted by Squatch_
    noise my rear brake was making when pushing my bike.
    let go of the lever.



    nicely done, david.
    thanks for the invite (sorry i missed out); next time?
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    and may just go where no one's been.

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    nice report

    on the ride, it's a fun one for sure. The first time I did that ride about 10 years ago I remember running out of water and not bringing nearly enough food.

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    Food wasn't an issue, and thankfully someone from the Colorado Trail Foundation refilled our camelbacks at the Platte.

    They were putting up flags for the workday on the 7th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kchri



    Hater.

    I think it's going to be DH-only on the weekends as soon as the lifts start spinning.

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    That is one of the sweetest FR rides there is. How sandy was the burn area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRT
    That is one of the sweetest FR rides there is. How sandy was the burn area?
    Not too bad. Some of the corners toward the bottom were a bit loose, but given the ample moisture that week, it was pretty darn good.

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