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    The red route.

    Not far from where I sit there exists a route, difficult to describe, that has captivated my imagination for the better part of two decades.

    It is not accurate to call it a trail. Although access is via derelict mining track, beyond that track there is seldom an actual path to follow. The route perambulates an ocean of naked rock within the looping bend of a meanderful river, overarched by yet more rock and distant islands of frosted mountains. It is never straight, never marked, never the same from trip to trip. Despite that, bicycles seem to be the ideal means for conveying our bodies up, down, and across it.

    The above paragraph hints at <span style="font-style:italic;">why</span> it continues to captivate; It doesn't seem possible to grasp the whole when I repeatedly fail to grasp the individual parts.

    A few days ago we spent all available daylight out flitting across this rock. The ride isn't 'big' in an enduro geek sense, but if you're able to <span style="font-style:italic;">not</span> stare at your front wheel it is difficult to call it anything other than huge. Lift your gaze for long and it becomes difficult to keep moving; The panorama <span style="font-style:italic;">insists</span> that you squeeze brakes, place foot on rock, and fixate with a soft focus. You know--<span style="font-style:italic;">gawk</span>.

    There's a lotta red out there, but the hue is somehow dwarfed by the scale.

    Words can't begin to explain it. Images aren't much better. Only <span style="font-style:italic;">actually being out there</span> is good enough.

    I love it when that happens.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17532956?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;c olor=ff9933" width="900" height="506" frameborder="0"></iframe>

    Perhaps the images I borrowed that day will inspire you to explore your own nearby <span style="font-style:italic;">yet somehow unknown</span> 'red route'; The one that calls out, captivates, and defies categorization.

    Perhaps.

    MC
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    Vicarious captivation....

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Words can't begin to explain it. Images aren't much better. Only <span style="font-style:italic;">actually being out there</span> is good enough.

    MC
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    My route's green. Well, brown this time of year.

    Hey, nice.

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    You, sir, live in an amazing corner of the world. Wonderful shots to start the new week!

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    That was most enjoyable. Thanks

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    Thanks!

    Thanks Mike. Beautiful pictures.
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    Nice pics! My route is white.

    Does the red Lunchbox have a tapered headtube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjartandaddy
    Nice pics! My route is white.

    Does the red Lunchbox have a tapered headtube?
    The last few winters even the this red route was white. Nice to have it back for weekend 'splorations.

    Si, tapered.

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    I think I'll retire in such a place.
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