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    Thank You Durango

    Once again our trip to this place was awesome.

    Thank you for the people in the city that are so friendly, and so proud of their city.
    Thank you to the bike shops that can fix a bike, quickly, for tourists.
    Thank you to Trails 2000 and all those that keep the trails clickin.
    Thank you to the Old Timers at Oscars that gave us the history of the trails, and great conversation over a great breakfast every morning....try the Breakfast Burro.
    Thank you Hermosa Tours for talking us down from a certain death march, and excellent driving up some crazy ass terrain.

    So Durango, Just plain thank you, from a few guys on a road trip from PA. You all Rock!
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    Hmm, I was out of town...
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    Excellent, always nice to hear from folks who have had a good experience here.
    It sounds like you might have ridden Kennebec Pass, guessing that Hermosa Tours shuttled you on that particular ride. What else did you get to ride and what were your impressions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman View Post
    Excellent, always nice to hear from folks who have had a good experience here.
    It sounds like you might have ridden Kennebec Pass, guessing that Hermosa Tours shuttled you on that particular ride. What else did you get to ride and what were your impressions?
    We arrived Saturday Afternoon around 4...unpacked, and hit Ned's.
    We were all in an RV for 36 hours prior, so we were road weary, but ended up
    Doing about 11 miles there...tried to get up the back side of Hogback, to ride that crazy
    Looking ridge downhill, but thought better of it due to hunger and tiredness. We liked Ned's was a bear right out of the gate, the elevation is very noticeable...we live at 1500'. We loved Star Wars what a blast!

    Sunday, we did horsegulch in search of snake charmer...I took notes, and planned a route...however we made a wrong turn and missed Snake Charmer. We did powerline to skyline out extended ridge to ridge to Wilkes way back to condo refilled on h2o rode up telegraph down Anasazi out meadow to Stacy's and back in meadow...super fun.

    Monday was a hermosa tours day, we did Hermosa Creek....I loved every square inch ...even the ballsy climb near the end! Beautiful scenery, excellent Singletrack, just great ride!

    Tuesday we headed to Moab for the enchilada...couple of the guys on the trip never rode it...and since we were closeish why not. We had a hot as hell day...but it was fun.

    Wednesday, we just did a split ride. Two climbed up to Gudys out to dry fork down dry fork up Hoffheim and back down. Three others finally found snake charmer via rocky road then Headed back up telegraph and over to sidewinder cowboy to southrim over to big canyon and out to the Toyota dealer... From there Took the animas river trail back in to town! Loved the drain pipe ride and the super flow of the south rim! Was awesome!

    We closed out Thursday with Kennebec! The highlight of the trip this year...wow is all I can say! You guys and gals are super lucky to have all of that in your back yard! We loved it all!

    Next time we're going to do Phils World, Engineer Mt. Animas Trails, and Twin Buttes...We missed out on those this time...just ran out of time!

    Thanks again! We eastern folk love your. City and your trails!!!

    Typed this on iphone so sorry for the pig Latin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vack View Post
    Wilkes way back to condo


    Quote Originally Posted by vack View Post
    Next time we're going to do Phils World, Engineer Mt. Animas Trails, and Twin Buttes...We missed out on those this time...just ran out of time.
    Yes on Phils, pass on Animas and Twin Buttes. Instead, hit the trails on the east side of Telegraph. Grandview Ridge area. Sidewinder/Cowboy, South Rim, Skull Rock, etc.


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    I agree. Animas Mt makes great running, but not the best riding. Normally, when I see someone riding it, they look like they are from out of town. I should ride it again just to see what it is like. I haven't riden it in 3 years or so.

    I do ride Twin Buttes every once in a while and it isn't nearly as much fun since they closed off the downhill part, but it is different at least.
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    what was the death march you were talked out of?

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    Well while planning our trip, I pulled up all kinds of info on some High Country stuff. I looked at milages and thought a Two Day from Molas to Durango would be a good idea. However, once we arrived in Durango and did a few lower Elevation Rides, we quickly found out that the Elevation would be a huge factor. So we opted out of that ride, although some day I would love to do it...

    Everyone we talked to (In Person) said don't focus on miles focus on how long you're out there. Again a special thanks to the Durango Locals for teaching us a few things. It's you guys and gals that make Durango extra awesome.

    Also a lesson learned, from now on I will actually talk to people before planning, a lot is lost by getting all your information from blogs, websites, forums. Nothing beats actually doing a face to face with people, I suppose that would be the real Facebook! LOL.

    Thanks again
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    Agreed two days for that ride would be a tough haul. I did it in three days which wasn't bad, but it was not easy, either. I was in good shape at the time and fully acclimated to the elevation. It is definitely worth doing at some point if you get the chance. Trip Report - Bikepacking the Colorado Trail from Molas Pass to Durango (pic heavy)

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    Sounds like a great time. I visited Durango a couple of years ago. I just wanted to give a big thank you to Durango Cyclery. I broke two spokes in the rear wheel that trip and Durango Cyclery got it done while I waited and allowed me to continue my rides with virtually no lost trail time. I tried to get it repaired at the other big shop on Main St. They wouldn't be able to do my 15 min repair for 4 days (even though the mechanic was shooting the breeze with a friend for 30 minutes while I waited for help.) I bring a spare set of wheels on trips, now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h82crash View Post
    Sounds like a great time. I visited Durango a couple of years ago. I just wanted to give a big thank you to Durango Cyclery. I broke two spokes in the rear wheel that trip and Durango Cyclery got it done while I waited and allowed me to continue my rides with virtually no lost trail time. I tried to get it repaired at the other big shop on Main St. They wouldn't be able to do my 15 min repair for 4 days (even though the mechanic was shooting the breeze with a friend for 30 minutes while I waited for help.) I bring a spare set of wheels on trips, now.
    That would have probably been Mountain Bike Specialists. Difficult to recommend them if you are not sponsored by Specialized.
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