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    A Guy Who is Going Places
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    Jan 2004

    Looking at it from the other side...

    So even though I have had a year 'round season of riding, we are at an interesting milestone here on the home turf. The high country is starting to open up. A bit. 'Twill be slow and late to be sure, but it is starting. Soon the cry of "Snodgrass is open, Snodgrass is open!! will echo off of the walls of the Eldo and all of the Crested Beauticians will emerge from their hibernation and start to participate in this year.

    For the outdoor enthusiast, it creates sort of a "through the looking glass" fall. A palpable transition from one state of nature to the next. Spring isn't quite the right analogy, as there isn't quite yet the abundance of verdancy. And even though it is spring, stealing off up into those quiet woods watched over by ghost-like stands of barren aspen feels more like fall.

    Gazing further up into the reallyhigh country, the mountains brooding and grumbling about whether they are ready to let go of winter, feels more like fall.

    Ed saw it in his fantastic recent post:

    It makes me think of that Minturn ride last November. The one that seems so long ago. The "clattery beak of winter" ride.

    Now you can get a peek at what is to come. The next mode of riding. There are other signs too.

    The folks in Moab and Fruita are exhaling a bit after the spring rush.

    The increasingly shrill defiance of skiers.

    And postholing posts here on the boards.

    Looking at my upcoming travel schedule, there is a definite shift from desert to mountain. Phoenix, Moab, Fruita are being traded for Crested Butte, Boise and Park City.

    And here at home I can watch the last frantic writhings of winter roll up and down the foothills. In the order that they were taken:

    That's the line where winter turns into spring.

    We'll see you up there

    Isaiah 15:5

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    That was one poetic post. Nice report on the conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    We'll see you up there
    mmmm.....can't wait for more!

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    amar la vida de dos niner
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys

    That's the line where winter turns into spring.
    THERE it is! I wondered where that had gotten off to.

    Thanks for the wonderful post, Anthony. Perhaps I'll make my way out there this summer. For now, I'm enjoying our warm, dry trails here in Austin.
    "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin

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    I bike long tyme.
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    Sep 2004
    Well put. Thanks for sharing.
    People wait for me on the way up. I wait for them on the way down.

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