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    Desert No More

    The high country is slowly, reluctantly yielding to summer. We cherry picked some trails for ~11 hours yesterday, realizing the dream Spike has had for this loop.
















    Some snow was encountered and post-holing was required to get to the goods.

    From doubletrack, to singletrack, to no track to rock gardens, we were the only bikes out there. One bobcat, one coyote and several elk were spotted.





















































    When friends bonk and start hiking, you stick with them and take pictures of their plight

    Then they rally and put foot to pedal again, to finish. A great day was had by all










    Handheld, low light beer shot.




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    Great Pica. Seemed like a great day/ride.
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    Sweet post!!! I'm taking the family to CO later this week, can't wait. This post should hold me till Friday. Thanks.

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    Animals!

    11 hours on full rigid single speeds? You animals! Lance ain't got nothing on you guys. Great stoke

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    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs

    As I scrolled through the pics on my laptop, I came across the very determined set of Jen's jaw. Then I saw what was under her wheels. Good job, girl!

    Sounds like a grand adventure! Thanks for all the great photos.
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    Nice job. THAT makes me want to visit CO.

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    That's a fancy camera ya got there Ed!

    Great pictures, I like Colorado..

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    So jealous! Great pictures, Ed! One day I'll be "Jen" enough to ride 11hrs in the high country... until then, I'll live vicariously through my heros!! Thanks for the awesome post!

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    Awesome stuff as usual Ed. The pics, the ride, and the riders well documented and preserved by photography.

    I had 5 and 7 hour rides over the holiday weekend, but 11 hours and I would have been bonking too! You guys (and girl) are nuts...in a good way.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Fantastico amigo!

    Nice work in all categories. And I spy a TLZ1
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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionwoman
    As I scrolled through the pics on my laptop, I came across the very determined set of Jen's jaw. Then I saw what was under her wheels. Good job, girl!
    You two would make a mean team!

    Great looking ride shots Ed - same her in Fanta Se - we're good up to about 9.5k until snowdrifts and mud take over. It's drying out, at last - though at the ski basin last friday my buddy skied top-to-bottom in 12"+ of new snow.

    As for 11 hours - impressive, of course. In all of May, I might be at 11 hours or so, alas.
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    Buzz Kill!!

    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs
    The high country is slowly, reluctantly yielding to summer. We cherry picked some trails for ~11 hours yesterday, realizing the dream Spike has had for this loop.




    Ed

    Doesn't look like this 4x4 should be where it's at. Maybe the driver got a little confused where the road is? I hope he wasn't a part of your group Ed.
    It's not an adventure until someone BLEEDS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bula
    11 hours on full rigid single speeds? You animals! Lance ain't got nothing on you guys. Great stoke
    We rested for 3 of those 11

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionwoman
    As I scrolled through the pics on my laptop, I came across the very determined set of Jen's jaw. Then I saw what was under her wheels. Good job, girl!

    Sounds like a grand adventure! Thanks for all the great photos.
    Thanks, she rocked the entire day and finished ahead of all of us.

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    Wow, great set of photos, looks beautiful out there. I haven't seen snow in perhaps two months (happy about that).
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    Quote Originally Posted by crager34
    Doesn't look like this 4x4 should be where it's at. Maybe the driver got a little confused where the road is? I hope he wasn't a part of your group Ed.
    If you look to the left in the picture, there is a 4x4 road. It's actually legit and signed but dead ends soon after this area. Whoever got this vehicle stuck and abandoned it was definitely off the main track. Looked like they tried the legit way and couldn't clear a gully then tried a different way and got stuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    You two would make a mean team!

    Great looking ride shots Ed - same her in Fanta Se - we're good up to about 9.5k until snowdrifts and mud take over. It's drying out, at last - though at the ski basin last friday my buddy skied top-to-bottom in 12"+ of new snow.

    As for 11 hours - impressive, of course. In all of May, I might be at 11 hours or so, alas.
    Thanks Glen.

    We were riding between 9,500-11,000 ft. most of the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    And I spy a TLZ1
    Thanks!

    Indeed, with a chest harness...

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    Yeppers... I see the road. Glad to know they weren't with you

    To get back inline with your post though... great pics and thanks for continuing to share.

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    thanks, spikkers for the vision, the quest, and the... constant conversation

    thanks, mateo, for the calm, the cool, the ninja stylee down hill action

    thanks, ed, for the wonderful pix! the motivation! your patience!!! and your energy!

    the only reason i was ever ahead of any of you for any reason was because i had GEARS --- ALL of which were put into use ;-)

    tremendously beautiful and satisfying day, guys! when do we get to do it again?!?!?

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    Fantastic pictures, Ed. It lloks like you guys had a great day!
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    Nice stoke. You are an animal Ed.
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    Great stuff (as always) Ed! So what part of the high country was this in? NuMexDonna and I are gonna be in the general area for 4 days in mid-June (not going home after dropping the kiddo at church camp), and I'm trying to gauge what options we have w/in a couple hours of Coaldale. Thanks for the stoke!
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    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs

    Nice looking section of trail there. Smoove & flowy, just the way I like it. Yup.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenamin
    the only reason i was ever ahead of any of you for any reason was because i had GEARS --- ALL of which were put into use ;-)

    tremendously beautiful and satisfying day, guys! when do we get to do it again?!?!?

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    Hey there~I am here and ready to ride, but not sure if I've got an 11 hour day in me lets hook up!
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    thankfully (for the viewing public), you (like sir anthonys) are quick/fit enough to get these faraway/so-close shots either by sprinting ahead or hanging behind. either way, you have to play catch-up... all for the glory of some colored pixels.

    nicely done.
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    Great pics, what general area were you riding?
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    you would like that

    trail a lot IG. It's like that for this whole section I don't remember where it is though



    That was fun guys and gal, but pretty huge for my current state of "daddy fat", thanks for dragging me along at the end. We will rock it again soon. Have to keep training for the "big loop" when we add on the other 85 miles. You are mean Spike.

    Great pics Ed. No way I'm carrying a 5lb camera on a ride like that, you ARE an animal! Did you figure out all the changes I made to your CFM?

    A few shots from me and my happy snap.













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    Quote Originally Posted by mateomtb
    trail a lot IG. It's like that for this whole section I don't remember where it is though

    That was fun guys and gal, but pretty huge for my current state of "daddy fat", thanks for dragging me along at the end. We will rock it again soon. Have to keep training for the "big loop" when we add on the other 85 miles. You are mean Spike.

    Great pics Ed. No way I'm carrying a 5lb camera on a ride like that, you ARE an animal! Did you figure out all the changes I made to your CFM?
    What changes? What's a 'CFM'?

    It's all that preliminary and post-descent stuff IG is probably looking and scoffing at

    daddy-fat is good fat mateo. We did not have to drag you, you dragged yourself with good comport.

    Spike's BIG loop is a doozy and needs to be conquered soon

    Thanks for the pix mateo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    thankfully (for the viewing public), you (like sir anthonys) are quick/fit enough to get these faraway/so-close shots either by sprinting ahead or hanging behind. either way, you have to play catch-up... all for the glory of some colored pixels.

    nicely done.
    Interval training perhaps....?

    Thanks T!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel
    Nice stoke. You are an animal Ed.
    Not really, just stubborn and stupid...Hmmm, on second thought yeah I guess an animal, like an a$$

    Thanks E!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NuMexJoe
    Great stuff (as always) Ed! So what part of the high country was this in? NuMexDonna and I are gonna be in the general area for 4 days in mid-June (not going home after dropping the kiddo at church camp), and I'm trying to gauge what options we have w/in a couple hours of Coaldale. Thanks for the stoke!
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    Thanks!

    General vicinity of...you want a tour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs
    ...It's all that preliminary and post-descent stuff IG is probably looking and scoffing at ...
    There has GOT to be a way to shuttle that $hit
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Damn. That is some good looking stuff right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    There has GOT to be a way to shuttle that $hit
    funny you should say that....

    i was just saying to the crew, after we finished that awesome section ... 'i'm so glad there is no real way to shuttle this stuff'

    lmao.

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    Most excellent,

    All I need is more time and legs and lungs, and I'm in.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    cfm=

    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs
    What changes? What's a 'CFM'?
    Custom Function Menu (the little pencil one). I was just messing with you, you kind of started freaking out when I started flipping through to change your AF.

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    Wasn't asking you to divulge; it's just that the pics look like it's pretty high up, yet it appears surprisingly free of snow, given the winter we've had. We're gonna be dropping the kiddo off at church camp June 18th and bouncing around southern CO w/ no itinerary until it's time to pick her up a few days later. So a tour would be great if it worked out, but otherwise it'd just be good to know that we might be able to squeeze in something near Breck rather than just hitting Methodist Mtn. & Lenardy outside of Salida. PM me if a tour sounds workable. TTYL,
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    Thanks!

    General vicinity of...you want a tour?

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    from the archives - wow, that is still some great stuff.

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