Shorts on the Ridge
Per usual, the weather in Colorado has been all over the place this Winter. We had one heck of a cold snap a few weeks and for the last few days it's been sunny and 60. It would be terrible to let these December days go to waste, so I've been riding one of my favorite front range chunks spots, Dakota Ridge, at - um - lunch.
Warm and Sunny from at the top of the first climb from the Matthews Winters parking lot.
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Sometimes it's fun to go back up the tough stuff.
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Even the shade draped "steps" are nice and dry.
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You can almost make out red rocks in the upper left.
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Thin Winter air helps flight patterns I'm told.
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Afternoons are best served with a side of chunk.
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Movie picture as they call it:
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Thanks for checking in.
Last edited by Jwind; 12-28-2013 at 09:44 PM.
Must be nice....a high of 31* in Grand Junction today
Awesome pix. And luck you for that weather.
Re: Shorts on the Ridge
Nice post. Jealous of the weather. It'll get into the 40's here today but all that means is that the snow will melt, the ground will thaw and everything will be a sloppy mess.
A balmy 79 degress in Santa Cruz on Christmas day........
Hmm, nice terrain and nice weather in December. Wouldn't know what to do with myself.
"There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea
unbelievable weather we are having right now.
The driest year ever since records have been kept. 1889 ?
Thanks for posting w/ pics. Always fun to see shorts and a bit of furtive snow in the shade!
High of 64 today.
Rainier fall and winter than we've had for awhile.
Nation wide? I know last year was a very snow-less winter. This year, although not yet 2014, has been a very good start to the ski season. I've gone from skiing pow to riding dry dirt in shorts and back again a few times already this year.
Originally Posted by Tone No Balone
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Yup... Colorado was pretty nice to us yesterday. Rode White Ranch (a few miles north of Dakota Ridge). Shorts and short sleeves. It was fantastic.
Originally Posted by Jwind
No, up and down the west coast, particularly the central California coast.
BTW Jwind........nice pic's and terrain you have there.
Great shots and yes, it has been a great warm weekend.
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Great looking trail! Awesome video. Rice riding.
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Originally Posted by Jwind
Lovely scenery and looks like a wonderful place to ride. It was a balmy 3c here in Ontario today. We did a hike to mark new trail.
Eat your veggies
Riding stoke in late December = always good. Dry trails and chunk, great photos and entertaining video = Fantastic!
Thanks for sharing j.
Awesome Passion bro! Great video, great job!!
Great shots, I seriously miss that ride! Use to be my after work playground :/
great skills way to ride the rocks
Keep The Rubber Side Down
Excellent vid mate, great music and crisp editing.
Originally Posted by Jwind
Must have taken a bit of time
That video.. u make that all look way too easy haha
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Awesome video!!!! great riding & I noticed no gloves WOW! You do make that look way to easy =*)
That's the truth. Had a weird stretch of 60 degree weather. Just had to take advantage if it. yesterday it was around 10 degrees. Been a bi-polar winter so far for sure!
Originally Posted by KRob
And thanks for all the kind words folks...
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