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    GITA: Raven's Ridge-REM & Rio Chama

    Which one of the 7 GITA do I dump this in? Oh screw it...I'll create another one.

    Twas a great GITA ride...must have been since it took me 3 days to sort through the 1000+ photos. I managed to catch the Friday ride in Santa Fe and the Sunday ride in Chama. Had to pick apples at Dixon's on Saturday...sheesh, that was a fiasco.

    Ooh look....bear brought some Clif bar pillows from Austin...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/iGLPi2ZADY0bZNaIdauKhQ"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLg94T2maI/AAAAAAAAByc/UYb9bUzGdYU/s800/DSC_3956.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>

    Nearing the top of Aspen Vista...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/VuPU9QvPjQFoYI20fSHdeQ"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLg-iVkj2I/AAAAAAAABys/oT47C6QwHGY/s800/DSC_3969.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>

    Mtn. Biker123 taken with a 10mm lens about 2" from his face...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Wvl-tcPShpC_RU7MHP9C2w"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLg-5B3Y0I/AAAAAAAABy0/w5F0AOt6kvg/s800/DSC_3978.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>

    Bikophile and Mtn. Biker123 nearing the top of the climb....
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/n3JEin_CmbQFWBYariW7pQ"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLg-1Dk2FI/AAAAAAAABy8/fwr_D7-7y6Y/s800/DSC_3980.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Ruby asked me why guys take photos of their bikes...Umm...I dunno...just one of those things guys do. Fart, belch, scratch themselves, and snap photos of their bike propped up on a rock on top of a mountain. Speaking of that...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YXbuuDHcnHgkM19KNTvtpg"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLg_BtXLsI/AAAAAAAABzE/tM4ON86YLWw/s800/DSC_3986.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Biklophile on REM...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/rU7Va1xIfhARJpsYsszRew"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhAxX4xCI/AAAAAAAABzU/2xuATwtdk-E/s800/DSC_3996.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Some of the crew coming down REM. The aspens were much better on REM than up on Raven's Ridge. Dunno why...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OCCfSitsmmhgi26foLgGvQ"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhBliKmEI/AAAAAAAABzk/D4YAl21J6Tw/s800/DSC_4021.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Mtn. Biker123 on the drop near the bottom of REM...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/cx2MlE3m-NKej6rHT_Efgw"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhB3mri9I/AAAAAAAABzs/qVJpW4wmRpg/s800/DSC_4029.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Bikophile doing his good deed for the day by fishing out a water bottom from the pool at the terminus of the falls...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6TfDZ1eRRTEz_HBXXOKIdA"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhCel3ySI/AAAAAAAABz0/mLmJWnNol9o/s800/DSC_4033.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Rio Chama trail up past Chama has some stellar scenery. This is the valley we were riding up...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9dZRdImYXpBEMgvJN-jPEg"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhCu3jYEI/AAAAAAAABz8/SyiZBQ7A9Ng/s800/DSC_4103.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Mtn. Biker123 and Crux head up the trail...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OrGpHLuJezjzk1ccEfDHkg"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhCx_J1cI/AAAAAAAAB0E/CpfFZfTs0DI/s800/DSC_4107.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Did I mention the aspen were poppin'. There were a few places like this that the colors were so bright it hurt my eyes...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/RfiKYR8d_67QmMBjw-Lx1w"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhDGM2HlI/AAAAAAAAB0M/pYaehvOCWp4/s800/DSC_4116.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Crux swoopin' in and out of trees...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OlFnawg2a3lPd2dyMwispQ"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhDpixmiI/AAAAAAAAB0U/TLFIEp39diY/s800/DSC_4135.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    More photos of stellar scenery and aspens...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SLWyxMVgIgHx_B4ZnCtD4Q"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhEI0lAMI/AAAAAAAAB0k/8sa0cDZnoIE/s800/DSC_4143.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>



    I don't think I mentioned this before. Beautiful scenery, colorful aspen. Am I repeating myself?
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/CVTjieUdcx5wAk-n9gh9_Q"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhEq6wUnI/AAAAAAAAB00/3rZwfWNrhEc/s800/DSC_4161.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>



    Wait...didn't I show this photo earlier? Oh...different trail.
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jWhxrUnE9EiJT8vhFzJQPQ"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhFPzZM7I/AAAAAAAAB08/GicgP4dhCYk/s800/DSC_4187.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    No to be deterred, Crux shows that a Ventana will fly as well...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Ew7SmjLZbGJZWZwc2kgDiQ"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhFdihEtI/AAAAAAAAB1E/0ILfYSDLlLU/s800/DSC_4194.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>



    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/cE5yOLh5yd6PtrNGJqK4Ww"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhFrIHLHI/AAAAAAAAB1M/tKsrW5PrdlU/s800/DSC_4206.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    More friggin' yellow trees...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/h3bmEzfSlrlLksLNgWqLaA"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhGB1cbKI/AAAAAAAAB1U/ORj0RAMcBlI/s800/DSC_4215.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Obligatory shot looking up at trees...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/66Rxn4HYUcTVPo6sF9WUpw"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhG_bhByI/AAAAAAAAB1k/LJN4wv5khOU/s800/DSC_4240.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    Ooh look. You can even poop out in the aspens...
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/zhQoRzc2m6znpTY_WXKuLw"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/Rotmilky/SOLhHKRN_qI/AAAAAAAAB1w/RFV_L2BsfcE/s800/DSC_4231.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Rotmilky/RavensRidgeRioChama">Ravens ridge - Rio Chama</a></td></tr></table>


    And just one more...Crux and Mtn. Biker123 near the end of the ride...
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    Both rides were incredibly scenic. The Raven's Ridge/REM ride is probably a bad choice for GITA. The trees are incredible, the trail will rip off parts of the body if you don't watch it. I never knew where to look....watch the beauty and enjoy the ride or watch the trail and enjoy my body being in one piece. Rio Chama was a more tame ride. Outside of some trail maintenance issues and several tons of cow excrement on the trail (and my bike, and my legs, and my face, and my...) it was a mellow 5-6 hour ramble through some of the most incredibly scenery I've ridden through in a long time.
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    Awesome! Andy's cam did a decent job of capturing the colors, but yours are off the hook!

    Love the shot of Andy on that jump. I missed it because I was looking at the display on my cam and still cut off his head. Hmmmm...reminds me . Do you mind posting the pic I took of you ?

    I am stoked about this loop and I can't wait until next year when we bikepak into that meadow. Spend a few days clearing and reestablishing the trail in parts, maybe find a connection to CDT. Spend a few more days riding

    Glad you guys trusted me on this one. I know my track record ain't the best, but sometimes the best plans are actually the least thought out. I wasn't sure if we were in the right place at times, but I didn't care as long as there was some ST under my tires.

    Did I say, great shots?!

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    the photo of the valley is sweet!!!!!!!! great aspen colors and bike shots!

    makes me want to get out and experience some new area!

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    sweet, sweet, stuff.

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    Absolutely gorgeous. Nice perspectives! And no worries on the "male" bike-posing shots--I'm just continually amused! Sunday's ride looked truly stunning!
    Go huck yourself.

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    cruisin & boozin...

    Quote Originally Posted by rkopelov
    Absolutely gorgeous. Nice perspectives! And no worries on the "male" bike-posing shots--I'm just continually amused! Sunday's ride looked truly stunning!
    My bike shots often have a theme...
    kegerator and early morning brews

    Wild hops

    Shooters on the gate


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    the photos are incredible Milky !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sorry to have missed the weekend... looks like good times were had in nice weather with some gorgeous scenery.

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