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Monday, March 28, 2011

fruita usa trail and ride report March 28-29, 2011

soon, very soon we will be packing up kitty BokChoy and relocating up valley to Palisade (or "the sade" as we prefer) and leaving behind the glorious white plastic fence land...

We have loved our vacant lot Monument view, but a vinyl sided dream home has sprouted there this spring and blocked it- as if to say, move on little buckaroos to a place where agricultural land left undeveloped has genuine value and good eats and drinks abound!

...looking oh so forward to riding the winding vineyard roads and sprawling BLM they gots up there and telling you all the tales (you can be sure we'll be regularly making the 20 minute trek west to ride our favorite Fruita Singletrack too)!

Trying to get the most out of our last months in the 81521 I have been pedalling out to Loma and the 18 Road Trailhead instead of driving. This way I get to the trailhead well warmed up with a bunch of extra basemiles built into my ride.

Monday's ride started out beautifully with farmgrid rollers and maybe 6 cars in the 7 miles to the Loma Trailhead. The weekend crowds were gone and Rustler's, Mary's and Wrangler's were all in great shape with an eerie mist hanging low over the river. Then the clouds dropped low, the wind whipped up and the raindrops started- foiled by the Western Colorado spring again!

Needless to say, a long wet and windy traverse of the farmgrid to get back to the barn. Heading east, glancing north to the base of the Bookcliffs, I was very glad I had not chosen to ride out to the 18 Road today... I was equally glad to have my LTR windshell crammed in my jersey pocket. I acquired the piece under duress after Mike the-hammer Driver had to lend me his to descend from our TT preride at the Breckenridge Classic. I soon realized this was the exact piece of gear I needed- superlight, super wind breaking fabric with full side vents to keep me from feeling like I'm trapped in a garbage bag. Sadly, the loose cut turns it in to a bit of a parachute in race conditions- but it sure comes in handy on the podium...

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