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    Way down deep.


    Sometime in October you start to see it coming.  The last leaves fall, then brown on the ground.  Frosty mornings become the norm.  Out of town crowds start to fade, and not just when it rains.





    There's an incredibly sweet and ever shrinking window around here--after the trails empty out but before they get buried.


















    Skippy and I rallied to leave braaaaaap marks in the hero dirt on Tuesday, knowing that the weatherman had said it could all come crashing down that night.


















    One for the record books: December 3 at 5500' near the Colorado/Utah border:


















    Alas, the weatherdude was right: Buried. 


























    Can't hardly complain--the season was long and good, and we *need* the moisture.


























    We gave it a day to freeze and settle, then tentatively probed the edges of the backyard to see what we could see.


































    All in all, not bad, not awesome.





    It *is* riding, albeit not the grin-inducing stuff we take for granted much of the time.










































    We saw precisely zero other riders during our few hours out.  My guess is that they, like me, need a few days to recalibrate themselves to the new normal, to dig down into the depths, or wherever it is that our motivation goes when it gets cold and sloppy and slow.  When maintaining traction while pedaling uphill starts to feel closer to powerlifting than spinning.





















    I don't have a smarmy, cliched, Norman Rockwell way to tell you that riding is still worth it in winter.



    Except to say that yes, Virginia, it certainly can be.














    Thanks for checkin' in.



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    Way down deep.

    Good stuff. I had a sweet ridge line ride Sunday afternoon before the snow blew in. It was -12 here this morning. I'm going to wait a few more days...
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    Thanks, man! Always enjoy your pics and commentary.

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    Excellent stoke.

    I'm highly entertained by your talk of leaves falling. Heh.
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    Wow, great pics and looks like a great ride

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    No moss...

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    great pics thanx

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    Great work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Excellent stoke.

    I'm highly entertained by your talk of leaves falling. Heh.
    OK, I give up. Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Spectacular!

    Was the camera mounted on a tripod or sitting on something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post

    One for the record books: December 3 at 5500' near the Colorado/Utah border:








    Oh, wow! Rare as snow in August.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    Spectacular!

    Was the camera mounted on a tripod or sitting on something?
    I took off my gloves, dropped them to the snow, and set the camera on top of them.

    If you want the full settings for the pic, click on the pic--it'll take you to the Picasa page where it's hosted. At the top right of that page is something like 'full details'. Click on that, and there you are.

    No post processing done other than the watermark and drop shadow. I didn't care for the redness of the sky, caused by light pollution from nearby Grand Junction. But my 'model' liked it, so it stayed...

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    Great pics. Here in the Northeast, our hero dirt is a little different. There is usually a short window, 2-3 weeks when the dirt/mud is frozen and no snow has fallen. Ultimate traction. No excuses for lack of traction. None. Bad climbs are all on the rider skill. A reason to push it further on the sketchy climbs.

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    I absolutely enjoy your pics and writeups. You have an exceptional talent with the camera of capturing the essence and emotion of what you are conveying. I have a soft spot for Fruita and Grand Junction and love seeing those pics - and desiring ever to be back there riding that sweet trail.

    Thanks for the post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I took off my gloves, dropped them to the snow, and set the camera on top of them.

    If you want the full settings for the pic, click on the pic--it'll take you to the Picasa page where it's hosted. At the top right of that page is something like 'full details'. Click on that, and there you are.

    No post processing done other than the watermark and drop shadow. I didn't care for the redness of the sky, caused by light pollution from nearby Grand Junction. But my 'model' liked it, so it stayed...
    Nicely done!

    I started to ask about the exposure info, but clicked on the picture and found it!
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    Well, I was riding in snow, but due to warm temperatures and rain, there is no longer any snow.
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    SA_WEET!!!!!! Such a great group of pics!

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    Lovely pics! I love the diversity of trails, scenery and conditions
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    OK, I give up. Why?
    Falling leaves in my neck of the woods are...different in their effects to our trails than out your way.
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    thanks for the inspiration. got me out the door & on the trails in their current frozen state. although not as scenic, definately worth it
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    SON! that looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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    Great pics. Thanks for posting!
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    good stuff, as always
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    Thanks a lot. Very inspiring

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    No post processing done other than the watermark and drop shadow. I didn't care for the redness of the sky, caused by light pollution from nearby Grand Junction. But my 'model' liked it, so it stayed...
    I know you don't believe in post-processing, but this pic would absolutely sing with a little love in Lightroom!

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