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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

more Fruita goodness

went out to Fruita... again. this time for Memorial Day weekend for a few days of riding before the weather gets too hot. miles and miles of the world's finest singletrack and posting up at our favorite campsite (#49) at the Colorado National Monument. it doesn't get any better than this.


Jen rails the singletrack on Steve's Loop (sequence, 1 of 2)


one of the (somewhat) less exposed sections on Steve's Loop





evening thunderstorms moving in mean it's time to get rolling...







ummmm, hey baby... your pace or mine? :-)









few, if any, dinners have tasted any better...











the sunset view from pretty close to the edge at #49. i don't like getting too much closer, the drop is about 100 meters before the first (and last) thud.













after a long day's ride, it's comforting to know that there is plenty of legroom in the BAP Big House 6. the vestibule stores three bikes, too, with plenty of room for the camp chairs if the weather gets crappy.















desert riding at its best

















painful punishment awaits those who fail to negotiate this exposed section. a long trip to the hospital, too.



















it never hurts to be piloting a 650b wheeled Eriksen when conquering that sketchy move.





















like something out of a Roadrunner & Coyote cartoon...























mmmmmMack Ridge, nice.

























looking over the edge from the top of Mack Ridge one can see that there is plenty of singletrack enjoyment to be had below.



























desert flowers at the top of the Mack Ridge singletrack, overlooking the mighty Colorado river.





























cactus flowers in a brilliant hue of magenta. they were also flowering in shades of red and yellow.































there are plenty of wildflowers that i am unable to identify... one of these days i will get a guidebook of desert plants. until then, their beauty can still be enjoyed nonetheless.

































the desert was still blooming, the yucca were going strong.

















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