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    He did! He did!

    Once there was this guy who wanted to have a great day. Sure, there were plenty of good days, but great days were few and far between. He was determined to make things happen, and the evening before he thought hard about what could possibly make a great day. Being passionate about mountain biking, he knew that the great day had to include that. So, he set out to find a trail that would bring the great day upon him.

    With his decision made, he invited several people to join him on this auspicious endeavor. Sadly, he was not taken up on his offer, but he was determined not to let that sway him from the task at hand.

    The morning arrived with little fanfare other than a crystal blue sky and the daunting task at hand. He quickly loaded up his necessities, chose a rather lightly geared stead, and headed out to higher elevations to achieve his goal.

    Sipping on a grape soda and eating some rather fresh Oreo cookies on the way, he had an epiphany. Since his first choice of trail was a lesser traveled trail, what would happen if he was stuck by himself? How would anyone know if he had a great day, if he never came back? Who would help him keep a steady pace? Was it really worth the extra fifteen minute drive for a shorter out and back course?

    With that in mind, he changed his destination and arrived at the Kenosha Pass trailhead. After all, it's only a great ride if other people see you having a great time, he thought to himself.

    Saddled up, he began the long arduous climb to above tree line. His ride started out in relative solitude, as he left a small group of people who were preparing in the parking area. It was just him and the trail.



    Not long into his ride, he encountered one of his favorite blooms, the Columbine. How great that on this great day, this flower would be popping out everywhere. It brought a great smile to his face and with that.\, all other cares had simply vanished.





    By this point, the thought of only having 1x10 gears garnered no reaction. He was fresh, alert, alive, and basking in the beautiful blue skies and perfect temperature. Lungs and legs provided no feedback to his brain. A good sign, but with altitude and mileage on the rise, would it last?



    This isn't a race, he thought to himself. This is a time to soak it all in. So, he stopped occasionally, to admire his surroundings and think about the next turn that will add to this great day.





    With all of his stopping to gaze at the wonderment of all, the group that he had left at the start of the ride, had performed the first leap frog of the day.





    Not a bad thing, he thought. And so, he used it to his advantage to help set a pace and converse a little about the great day ahead. He would continue swapping the lead with this group for quite a few miles, until he decided that reaching the top, meant eating the special treat he brought all the way with him.

    So he cranked down hard with the few gears he had, saving the last one for that special need. He did not use that gear to reach the top. Not at all.









    Upon reaching the upper most summit of his ride, he reveled in the 11,671' of altitude and feasted heavily upon his sugary snack.



    And with that, came the crowning moment of his great day. The reward of pristine finely carved trail, that outlined the bead of his tires just right.





    An amazing downhill awaited him as he carved each and every turn and switchback. Down, down down, over water, over roots, over rocks, and with a grin that stretched ear to ear.





    Oh, what a day, he thought as reached the junction that ended his adrenaline filled lollipop loop.

    As he climbed back to the smaller pass, he reflected on the decisions he had made that lead to his great day. Before his final decent to the trailhead, he turned, he sighed a happy sigh, the kind that releases a cool breath between a wide open smile, and then he was content. He had obtained a great day. He did! He did!



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    Great lil' tale there. I am certain "he" had a great day.

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    Great post Schnauzers, thanks for the great day!

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    very nice pics and story
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    Best Monday stoke I've had in a long time! Beautiful!
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    Hmm, inspired to design a lightweight solar oven for toasting poptarts trailside.

    Thanks for the great report!

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    Schnauzers, that was fantastic!

    I think I remember a time when you lived on the east-coast, no?
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    Awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Fantastic!

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    Nice! I did that exact ride yesterday as well.
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    Thanks for the great report of the great day! Made my monday morning...well, not great but definitely better

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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to schnauzers again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    Schnauzers, that was fantastic!

    I think I remember a time when you lived on the east-coast, no?

    Yes, I did. About 8.5 years ago. I moved from NJ to CO. I didn't move for a job, I moved because of mountain biking. Uprooted my whole family and everything. I suppose that is a little selfish of me, but they got over it. Their lungs will thank me in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m3rb View Post
    Hmm, inspired to design a lightweight solar oven for toasting poptarts trailside.

    Thanks for the great report!
    I toasted them before I left for the ride, but that would be a terrific idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns View Post
    Nice! I did that exact ride yesterday as well.
    I wonder if we passed? Actually, at the speed I was going, you probably passed me.

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    Nice story and great photos! It would appear HE made a very good decision moving from NJ to CO.

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    Great photos, thanks for sharing!
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    reading through your story was great! I am a bit envious as I have not been able to have one of those days in quite awhile. Your pictures of the terrain were great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers View Post
    I wonder if we passed? Actually, at the speed I was going, you probably passed me.
    Maybe, we were peddling by 11:30am and back by 5pm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns View Post
    Maybe, we were peddling by 11:30am and back by 5pm.
    I started at 9:00 and back by 2. You were probably always a couple of miles behind me. I was passed by a guy, his wife and a friend at the top, but then passed them at the Jefferson Campground, when they waited for the girl to get down through the switchbacks.

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    nice great read A++++++++++
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    Beautiful post!

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    nice, great pics

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