Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chutes and Ladders

More playing in paradise! The mountain bike trails in Fruita Colorado continue to impress. If you like single track, this is the place to be! We returned to 18 Road trail system again today. Chris, the local tandem rider we met, chose to take us out on a tour while his wife was working. What a sacrifice! Since he is a professor at the local college, we had to ride in the morning as he had a class in the afternoon. He was a very gracious host for the area.

Rob and Karyn on Joe's Ridge.

For a warm up we headed up Prime Cut and descended the signature trail, Joe's ridge. Here is a sequence of photos which Chris took for us.

Rob and Karyn on Joe's Ridge.
Rob and Karyn on Joe's Ridge.
Rob and Karyn on Joe's Ridge.
Rob and Karyn on Joe's Ridge.

Finishing that loop we headed up a trail called Chutes and Ladders. As you might guess, this trail isn't flat. The ladders are short very steep climbs, followed by the chutes. You guessed it, the chutes are steep technical descents before heading up again. On the first ladder we lost traction about 3/4 of the way up. Under normal conditions we might have been able to power through it, but we were both redlined. We pushed to the top. The descents were doable, unless there was a switchback which were way too tight to get a tandem around. We conquered the second ladder, way over our redline. Ouch. From there the ladders and chutes get a little easier and the trail gets a little faster. By the time we got back to the parking lot, we were cooked. What a ride. Our friends Doug and Lanette arrive tomorrow. Hopefully we will recover before they get here. We also arranged with Chris for he and Heather to bring their tandem out on Saturday. It should be a good time. The weather is supposed to turn bad tomorrow, but clear up on Friday.

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