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    Same area, same people, same smile, new pics!

    Hopefully the photos from the Grand Valley aren't getting too boring for you folks. But it's where I live and ride.

    Rode four times last week, but only took photos on one of those rides.

    This ride is tougher than the 12 miles would suggest. We climbed over 2600 ft and descended that same amount. And the trail is primitive, even on the atv section, the trail itself is not worn in and hardpacked, you have to be "on it." And the singletrack portion is just fantastic! Narrow, too!

    Earlier in the week we had a good amount of rain. This turned the parking lot into a retention pond. We hoped that this wasn't a sign of the trail conditions! Thankfully, there was no water outside of the parking lot.



    This was shortly after our one mechanical, a pinch flat during a fun downhill, and in case you think you have an excuse, the second guy is legally blind! He has to ride behind someone so he can follow the line. And of course he walks the techy stuff.



    This was just a bit of fun with the camera. I try not to drive the other riders crazy with my shutterbug tendencies, but I'll grab a few "other" shots occasionally.



    Bambi!?



    The Gunnison River flows through the canyon below.







    This trail snakes in and out of the the small canyons, you can look back to where you just were and also look ahead to see the trail.



    This is the end of the singletrack. We got here and the clouds really began to threaten as we climbed out on the 4x4 road. I think the one mechanical we had saved us from being dumped on! While the trail was still in fine shape, there was water on the pavednroad when we reached it and the vehicle!


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    Never boring Scream. Thanks so much, still enjoy the pics/posts.

    I made it to Bend, OR, we'll be riding here for a week before moving on to Stanley.

    Aloha,
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    Still haven't ridden that trail Rode the sections before the singletrack one night after work and haven't gotten around to heading back up there. Being totally out of shape and riding a 37lb bike has kept me away from it this season.

    Which day was that? Saw that pond at the trailhead Thursday AM. We were going to ride the Ribbon but changed our minds after hiking a ways down the cutoff and seeing that it was pretty greasy/muddy.

    Thankfully the lower stuff was fine other than a few short areas we tip-toed through so we wouldn't leave any ruts/muck up the bikes. I imagine by afternoon it was all rideable.

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    This was on Saturday. We canceled our Wednesday ride and I rode 50 miles on the pavement Thursday. Thankfully, things dried out for the weekend!

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    We rode 18rd Wed morning and it was perfect, started raining right when we got back into town after lunch.

    Considering the rain Wed night I was shocked at how good the riding was at LL Thur. Won't even need to clean the bike.

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    Getting things ready for tonight's ride with the Western Flyers, a ride with kids.

    With kids you need yummies!

    The cookie transition:







    I also made chocolate brownies:



    Yep, I love making desserts almost as much as I love riding my bicycles!

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    Mmmmmm! I don't know what looks more tasty, your cookies or the trail shots, thanks for your never boring pictures

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    Never boring! In fact, you are very blessed to live in such a beautiful area. I can only sit and drool over what you get to ride all the time!

    I'll be down in Fruita over Labor Day weekend, my friend finally got his wife to give him the blessing! Woo hoo!!!
    I don't use Strava. Don't need an application to tell me I am slow because I already know.

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    sick ride shots and yum cookies
    Quote Originally Posted by craftworks750
    Riding a mtb is like a reset button, 10 mins in and there is nothing else in the world that matters.
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    I love your photos--thanks for posting

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    Damn, Sarah, now I'm wishing for dessert.

    Nothing in this house, though

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    cookies! more cookies
    bikeporn is protected speech

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    Nice pics. Last time we rode it there was a 30mph headwind grinding back up the road.

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    Thanks Sara I always enjoy your pics, it reminds of goodtimes gone by.

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