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Old 07-01-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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Montrose, Telly, and Stoner Creek - RR

I had myself a wonderful 3 day weekend based out of Telluride from 6/27-6/29. We started out in Montrose on Friday with some epic mud hill riding. Then Saturday was a full day of riding passes. Sunday was a slow day with some quad copter filming and a short singletrack ride at Stoner creek.

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Old 07-01-2014, 07:21 PM   #2
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We started off in Montrose at Flat top riding area.



Riding buddy Chad in his clown suit.









Wrong way!



Climb back to the top, Tis steep!



After riding Monster Ditch, Chad was blasting across the flats in front of me and I see him look down. Then BAM! prairie dog taking a dirt nap in the trail. He had hit it (accidentally!) and killed it. No worries, the dogs were in force out there.





Then it was back to Big Bertha to lose some altitude.









Nice views

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Old 07-01-2014, 07:32 PM   #3
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More Montrose.

There are some really cool formations out there, lots of collapses and arroyos, this one was big enough to ride over and let water flow under, cool!



Wierd purple rocks



And GIANT dog holes...




The next day we rode from base camp aka Chad's parent's house. This was more of a Dual Sport day, no singletrack :(



My ugly mug.



Riding into Telly to meet some friends.




Heading out toward Ophir



Brothers.





Found some cool old mining buildings



Staror and rotor from an old Genny.





The engine that ran it







more passes



and more mines!





Jesse thought this was a good time to check the bolt that was backing out of his subframe! not a good thing when the bike folds in half!



still snow on a few of the passes, had to reroute this one down into Silverton



Coming into Silverton for lunch. I love this building half buried in the earth.



MOAR MINES!









We stopped by Animas Forks for a reminiscence of last year's ride where we were forced to take shelter from the rain here.





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Old 07-01-2014, 07:40 PM   #4
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Next up was up to the pass above Animas Forks, Engineer on one side and Cinnamon on the other, I believe.



Jesse did a little 'showing off'...





Up top



riding into OOO-Ray





Day three brought a slow morning and a stop at Stoner Mesa Trail on the way back to Flagstaff. Chad's hand was hurting from the previous days (thumb tendonitis from work), so I was on my own. Chad's brother and a couple friends were a ways ahead of me if anything happened.



After 2 miles of fairly technical singletrack climbing out of the river valley, the trail gives way to some fast, flowing singletrack up on the mesa. Very fun, but the entire trail was an exercise in precise tire placement. Logs cut too close to the trail below and a narrow, trenchy trail up top.









All in all a great weekend. No one got hurt, nothing broke, and the slow leak in my front tire waited till Flag to give me grief. Hope you enjoyed!

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Old 07-01-2014, 07:51 PM   #5
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Looks like great weather and a great ride. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:52 PM   #6
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Dude that w Also you got that ride report up fast.
Great storytelling and photography. You da man
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:53 PM   #7
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I like the brown dirt hills looks like some fun hill climbing. Thanks for sharing
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:30 PM   #8
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Great pics! We are finally getting the trails open. Lots of snow this year means a shorter riding season. Some friends dug a tunnel on Calico just to get through the drift!
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:03 AM   #9
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Haha, That's awesome! I would have loved to see that.

The mud hills are way fun, and they go on forever. Bring your A game.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:32 AM   #10
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Laugh What great scenery

Wow, that looks mighty nice from Phoenix in July! Thanks for putting up the pics, esp the old mine stuff.
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