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    2012 Durango Trip

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    After not taking one day of vacation since June 2011 and being burned out in Houston we decided to load up the truck and camper and head to Durango last week. It was our fourth time in Durango riding and this time we were just gonna take it easy and ride local trails and not do our usual 5 to 6 hour all day slogs as we have done in the past. No Kennebec Pass loop this year!

    Nonetheless we managed to ride 122.17 miles and have 14,949 in total elevation gain in six glorious days in the San Juan Mountains and Forest. The 1200 mile 21 hour straight through drive from Houston had us taking a quick spin down the Animas river trail the day we got there mentally is was good to get out after sitting in a truck all night and half a day.

    We planned on riding trails that we have done before Phil's World in Cortez, Ride up Hermosa Creek and back down, Colorado Trail/Junction Creek/Hoffheins Connect to the high point and back down and Telegraph trail system. We included two new trails one was the Twin Buttes trail system that is riding distance from town and one that has been on our bucket list forever...Colorado Trail to Engineer Mt. Trail.

    I got a new toy recently a Countour video camera and took a ton of videos and have included some of the best ones on here nobody wants to see some guy crawling up some climb so most are on the "super fun" sections of trail I'll apologize in advance for my anemic descending skills or lack thereof...we live in Houston that's 125 feet above sea level so we don't get much descending practice.

    Also we only stopped a couple times to be tourists on trails we have oodels of photos from previous trips but we did take a bunch on our Colorado / Engineer trail day.

    Anyway here is day one Phil's World in Cortez It's a MTB playground!

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    Day two up Hermosa Creek was our plan however we somehow missed the turn 3 miles in a went up Dutch Creek trail for a while then turned around and went up Hermosa Creek trail realizing that we didn't want to climb all day and we were running into folks that had shuttled and were coming down the trail we turned around and rode the fun stuff on lower Hermosa Creek and a ice cold PBR back at the truck.

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    Day three Colorado Trail / Junction Creek / Hoffheins Connect / Dry Fork then to the High point and back down this was one of my favorite rides in the past and I was not let down this year. The trail was really dry and loose in one of the videos I almost rode off the side of the mountain!

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    Day four this was our "big ride" Colorado Trail to Engineer Mt.Trail neither of us had done it so we had no idea what to expect and most of the ride was above 11,000 to 12,000 feet. The trail it self was fantastic the riding was epic but the altitude made climbing slow and their were sections of serious hike-a-bike on the upper sections of engineer trail. We played tourist a lot and that chewed up a lot of time and the final descent was 10X worth it. I think in one video I cleaned a rooty steep drop off and biffed it on a tiny rock a second later go figure.

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    Day four part 2












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    Day 5 was Twin Buttes a nice trail system just west of Durango off HWY 160 this was gonna be a fun day however I had a leaky/blown positive air chamber Rock Shox Reba that had to aired up every 15min. We were able to salvage a great ride anyway it was frustrating having to stop so often to fix fork.

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    Day 6 Telegraph Trail this was supposed to be an all day adventure however we we woke up that morning my fork was completely out of air in the positive and negative chambers and i had a flat tire. Nevertheless not wanting to wuss out I aired the fork up and headed into town now I having to air it up every 5min. no photos just two videos of our short ride

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    In conclusion going after labor day was perfect we only had to deal with crowds on saturday and sunday the rest of the week was wide open trails. We ran into a couple who were New Jersey who after three days claimed they had ridden everything (rolling eyes) after I listed a litany of trails and got a dumbfounded look from both of them I guess riding sale barn and the meadow loop and overend park is everything to them. After coming here for four years straight we still have a ton of trails to explore.

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    Nice vacation!

    I haven't done very much riding in CO (yet) but Durango is on my list. Good job riding at those elevations being from sea level, I rode in CB at 9000ft back in June and had to learn to pace myself...it is hard to train for that in FL. I only watched a couple of the vids but the trails look sweet & great pics. I don't ride with a fork pump so I'm thinking I would have been screwed. Will a tire pump fill a fork? Just curious

    Thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ridealot View Post
    Nice vacation!

    I haven't done very much riding in CO (yet) but Durango is on my list. Good job riding at those elevations being from sea level, I rode in CB at 9000ft back in June and had to learn to pace myself...it is hard to train for that in FL. I only watched a couple of the vids but the trails look sweet & great pics. I don't ride with a fork pump so I'm thinking I would have been screwed. Will a tire pump fill a fork? Just curious

    Thanks for sharing
    the altitude doesn't really affect us like it does others that we know that have come to ride from sea level, nonetheless I would not want to ride at a race pace up there.

    i took about 30 videos some were better than others and i only posted the ones that i felt were the best of the best that i took i need to edit videos and i could have one good video of each day perhaps next time we take a trip.

    the fork just needed a reba rebuild kit and that took our local mechanic about a hour to do when i took the bike to mt.bike specialist thinking i could leave the bike for a few hours so they could repair it they said the fork would have to be sent in to rock shox for service...thus i packed a shock pump for the last two rides. I've learned in the past to make sure everything on our bikes is dialed in before we leave and other than a couple flats and this fork issue we have had ten years of no mechanical issues when traveling to Colorado, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas.

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