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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fruita, usa trail report for April 11th, 2010

Well, super sweet riding today along Mary's- then using the Wrangler cut-off to get some good sustained climbing in and avoid the afternoon salmon swimming upstream phenom on Mary's (this is a great alternative that has some fun singletrack lines before connecting back to Mary's after the Horsetheif cut-off) out to Lion's Loop and the dreaded climb up the backside of Mack Ridge (this is about the warmest day this can actaully be "enjoyable") and, well, the photo says it all- so worth it for the views of the River, the benches below and the mighty Loma singletrack loops. Then, of course, there is the nutty fun boneyard downhill back to Mary's...the hot lap back on Mary's (usually abandoned by early evening) and a sunset cold one back in the parking lot. That's how we roll.

Spent the last couple days on business up in Routt County and, as glad as I am to not have another 2 months of mudseason to look forward to, it sure was nice to see the early spring rituals unchanged- bikes and skis +/- kayak on the roof rack with a flyrod in the back for good meaure. Folks in Routt County will find a way to be outside getting after it and may even pull off a good old Routt County triathalon on days like these (that is combining 3 -or more- excellent outdoor activities within any given day).

I felt the excitement of roadies gobbling up the spring pave (believe I passed fastguy Barkley in the Oak Creek Canyon making an early season hot lap) and appreciated the sense of urgency of those taking their full suspension rigs for a dry run around town. These are the cats who will be hitching up the pop-ups and making a wagon train on down here now that the mountain has closed for the season-

we'll see you in a couple of days! The riding is mighty.

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