June 18, 2021

I will stop every time for a moose picture

We were heading to Montrose to get groceries and get James’s truck tires balanced when I saw this guy on the road, I immediately knew he was a cyclist and thought he had been hit, we did a U turn and were the second and third to stop, guy had a major concussion and scrapes. He hit that pot hole (painted) and launched. As we were keeping him still, holding up shade and waiting for emergency folks we asked if he was local, he said where am I? He was from Iowa… I guess someone made a call and by the time I passed this again, a road crew was fixing these massive pot holes…. this is why cyclists ride to the left of the white line and not on the shoulder…

Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) mountain bike trails, this was my favorite rides of the trip, it starts with a 20 minute climb of switchbacks up the mountain and then super flow-y and fun trails!

June 10, 2021

I wanted an epic ride today, so I headed north of Durango to Pass Trail. The ride starts at Coal Bank Pass at 11,000 feet and climbs to over 13,000 towards the base of Engineer Mountain. The ride is supposed to get above the tree line and have amazing views…

But before this there is still snow, so much that it was more “hike a bike” so I gave up. I asked a hiker who also was a biker and she suggested Jones Creek Trail, ” a fun 4 mile climb to a beautiful mountain before descending back down.” She lied, the climb sucked, took me 1:20 to climb, the meadow was amazing, but the descent was scary fast and only 21 minutes!

Kali is so pretty!

Durango-Silverton Railroad – Durango, Colorado

An even better picture of the train since Pongo is in it ; )

June 5, 2021

Today was a calm day, set up camp, breakfast in Mancos (may have been only the 3rd time we had eaten out in 3 weeks) and I explored the trails around the camp, turns out there is an awesome trail – Ramparts – at the entrance of our little dead end. I didn’t bring anything other than my cell phone, to bad I didn’t have the GoPro, I crashed pretty spectacularly on a downhill, but the next day I made a video Click to Watch

Seriously gorgeous sunsets!

As I said, a calm day and at elevation, it was chilly, so we fired up the Mr. Buddy heater and settled in for movie night – really watching our favorite YouTube channels.

June 3, 2021

We decided we were not going to miss the Milky Way and the sunrise at Delicate Arch again, so this morning we hiked up to be there at 3am. (left camp at 1am)

It was perfect and we had the place to ourselves.

I had not realized as the moon rose, I would loose the Milky Way, this is all moon light casting the shadow of the Delicate Arch on the bowl below

I loved this shadow and played with it till sunrise. We were still alone till after 5am but could see the headlights of hikers making there way up the trail, including the one poor woman we were shouting with as she was WAY off trail and on the wrong side of the bowl.

Painting with light

Now that people were arriving and ruining our solitude, we hiked down as the masses were heading up.

It was a wonderful sunrise

Since we had an early start, we beat the crowd to Devil’s Garden and hiked to a couple more arches, including Landscape Arch

Tunnel Arch

Pinetree Arch

Skyline Arch

We knew better than to go out the 4×4 trails from the day before, none of us wanted another 6 hours of off-roading, so we headed out the main entrance, which was already closed to new cars coming in and it was before 10am, and we took a nap, checked the forecast (calling for temps over 100) and decided to make a run for elevation and Colorado. One final sunset looking over the La Sal Mountains.

May 28, 2021

When I started planning this trip in 2015, one of the big goals was mountain biking the Slick Rock Trail in Moab.

The total trail is 9ish miles all on exposed rock, the sign said plan on 2+ hours, but I was like I average 10+ mph on the MTB, so I poured a quart of water in my Camelback and took off. The warmup trail was fun, lots of grip so I headed out on the loop… “I’ve made a huge mistake” I hate this trail, but there is no choice but to keep going, the flow parts are a blast, but so many 20+ degree drops and climbs that are un-rideable, I ran out of water and still had 45 minutes to ride…

So I did a lot of this…..