Let me start off by saying that today was a beautiful day for a bike ride, and the amount of cyclists out on the trail reflected that.
For those of you who don't know, I'm Danny -- the young apprentice. I worked for Dave over the summer, and Aunt Jen is well... my aunt.
I live essentially a block away from a gateway into a local hotspot for mountain bike riders called Lake Chabot. It has a half paved and half unpaved trail all around the lake for a total loop of around 12 miles. It's a lot like going around the reservoir near Oak Creek in terms of length.
I started out on my ride around 10:30 after a filling breakfast. It was a bit overcast, but by the time I was over the biggest climb and on the lake trail, it was clear skies. I'm happy to report that throughout the ride, there was no getting off the bike. My ride totaled around 8 miles due to some exploration of the trails branching off of the main walk way, and a mistake on the part of my slacker navigation skills. I ended up riding past a golf course in order to get to a trail that I'd ridden when Jen and Dave were here during Thanksgiving. I made the mistake of second-guessing myself, so I turned around and pedaled a mile back to the main trail, where I then met a fork in the road. I took the "path less traveled" and ended up linking with the downhill of the trail that I'd been looking for. It was a pretty awesome climb at a far more gradual gradient than the trail I'd been searching out, and once at the top, I met up with some other riders going in the same direction. Total ride time: 1.5hours
It was a solid ride, even if the trails were pretty mucky under the tree-cover. On the way back, I took my only fall on a rutted section of single track downhill that I've been riding for awhile. We have trail managers out here too, but apparently not as bright as the *a local trail building organization* crew is. Someone trimmed a branch so it was under leaves, but so that there was still about a foot of it sticking straight up out of the ground. I hit a rut at a good pace, fell over and was essentially impaled. However, it's not that bad and now it's time for some feet up time and a good lunch. I hope today's ride was as good over in Fruita as it was over here. Until next time, keep the rubber side down!
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