|11-05-2008, 12:50 PM||#1|
AKA Invisible Dave
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Loveland, CO summer - Green Valley, AZ winter
Somewhere Over The Rainbow....
This trip was put together in a matter of minutes. Shearboy put out the idea and we were packed and on the road shortly after. We did have to make a slight detour through Boulder to help the Geekster with his bike assembly but before long we were headed into the Adventure Cabin.
Annie, cRAsH, and I were shocked awake around oh-dark-thirty by Shearboy's obnoxious alarm. Then it was off to Patio Pancakes for brkfst.
Did anyone not order bacon ? After brkfst it was time to ride .
Ramz agreed to lead Duke, cRAsh, Shearboy, and I over the Rainbow Trail. One of the entrances to the trail is almost right across the street from Patio Pancakes. We started climbing up a FS road that was so loose and rocky that had all of us bouncing around so much we questioned our tire pressures.
The Rainbow Trail traces a path high along the eastern side of the Sangre do Cristo mountain range, extending from Salida to Westcliffe. About 50 miles of the trail is single track.
I found that the above, smooth path through the forest was the exception. A lot of the trail is covered in loose baby-head rocks. Not only did you have to deal with the rocks, but most of the narrow trail has a very steep drop off. You didn't dare look down the hill for fear you might head that way but the drop was constantly in your peripheral vision. Even a quick peek might get you into trouble .
It took four of us to drag the bike back up onto the trail.
We moved from deep forests
to beautiful, open vistas of the surrounding mountains.
After 25 miles I was totally beat from fighting the rocks. While were taking a break where the trail crossed the Hayden Pass road, Ramz said that from this point on the trail would be much rougher and steeper . He was headed back to town and I was more than happy to join him . Duke, cRAsH, and Shearboy decided to continue on.
I actually had another reason to return to town besides being physically wiped out. When we unloaded the bikes from the trailer we noticed one wheel was looking a bit out of line.
Holy cracked axle Batman, we were damn lucky making it all the way to Salida .
No way were we heading home until the broken axle was repaired. Ramz and I contacted every welding shop in the area and almost every welder was out elk hunting. We did find one who could fix it in two weeks but that might have been taking advantage of Duke and Tami's hospitality . Just on a hunch, Ramz called True Value Hardware and they gave him a number to contact "Shark". Shark had a shop just outside town where he did "artistic welding" but he said he could help us. His shop looked like the normal welding shop with shit spread everywhere. He jumped right into the project and after listening to his constant chatter for about half an hour, we were ready to roll .
We figured he wore the welding helmet to keep his hair in place .
Shortly after returning with the repaired trailer, three exhausted riders rode up to the house. Shearboy and I loaded our gear and hit the road before the approaching storm hit.
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Coyote Cantina in Johnson Village.
The snow was flying as we passed the Four Mile turnoff but we managed to get ahead of it and arrived home under starry skies.
It was a quick trip and we both agreed that we must return to check out more of the trails Duke has surrounding his little piece of riding heaven. Thanks Tami and Duke for your hospitality and thanks to Ramz for leading our ride and helping with the trailer repair.
Why are we stopping? We don't have time for that!
StmbtDave screwed with this post 11-05-2008 at 06:19 PM
|11-05-2008, 12:55 PM||#2|
Property of Hayduke
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: on the couch pm'ing Hayduke
We had a great time hanging out with all of you! I'm glad you got the ride in before the snow started flying! You would not have been riding out there today . Fun times for sure!
|11-05-2008, 02:42 PM||#4|
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Salida, coloRADo
Thanks for the report, Dave! It was great riding with you. I can barely move today.
PS, the swelling has gone down. Thanks.
"What these people need is some mental psychology."-Bonnie Abbzug
Hayduke screwed with this post 11-05-2008 at 02:48 PM
|11-05-2008, 05:08 PM||#10|
Short, fat, bearded, slow
Joined: Apr 2005
Location: Studiously avoiding the cookie jar
Thanks for the report Dave
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