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Friday, May 7, 2010

Fruita, usa trail report for May 7, 2010

OR- "Frankie escapes the dreaded May snowstorm"

Frankie sent 3 texts yesterday morning- certain the weather service was withholding and it must be as crappy down here as it was in Steamboat (temps dropping into the 20s and snow accumulating fast).

But, with a little effort he was able to be convinced that we are riding with abandon on fully accessible trails, the desert is amazing right now and he should get out here!

An hour later I got a picture on my phone of the bike going onto the roofrack in the dumping snow. He made it down in time for a late afternoon Rustler's hotlap and early evening Marys/Horsethief ride.

Truth be told, the wind was whipping pretty visciously and I may not have gone out if I was alone- but we have to do what we have to do when the sanity of our friends is on the line...and the smile says it all.

Quiet evening at the end of the Horsethief Loop- the desert green as ever and the misery of snow in the mountains in May fading...

Today the breezes were calm and the air a perfect temp to take Frankie's new titanium knee for a lap around the Western Rim
Here's to the miracle of modern medicine!

The Snowpack on the La Salles is still spectacular from a distance (as in, I am glad we are not starting the Kokopelli Trail ride today- or even this week - as many are...BRRRRR).
Here's sending warm thoughts to those camped out there tonight, as well, to those hearty souls 2 hours from the start of the 18 HOURS of FRUITA.
I've yet to make it out to catch the spectacle of it all and if I don't rally to make it to the Giant for Women group ride and skills clinic in Gunnison tomorrow, perhaps I'll catch the finish.

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