04/06/07 - 04/08/07
the 26 degree temps and freezing rain in Castle Rock, it was a nice change to
get over the mtns and into the 50 degree temps! Jean, Dwight, and I drove out to
Fruita on Friday night to meet up with the rest of the gang. Saturday morning
Dwight and I took off onto the ride I've wanted to do for years.... The Edge!
First is follows Zippity Doo Dah along the front of the cliffs, then hops on a
dirt road climbing around to the back of the cliffs. Not too bad of a climb then
long cruising up's and down's on single
and double track. After 20-some miles and plenty of crashes, we arrived at the
rappel. Dwight lowered himself down halfway while I handed the bikes to him,
then he went the rest of the way down and we did the same process over again.
How awesome!!! A couple miles of sandy wash then we popped out to the front of
the bookcliffs for more up's and down's and through the pasture back to camp for
a total of 29.5miles and 3500' of elevation gain. You really can't ask for much
more in a single ride!!
and Beth were back from the Loma area complete with a sprained ankle for Beth.
Ouch! We hung around camp drinking beers while Nick and Hugo eventually came
back from their ride, and Keith arrived from Denver. The plans for a night ride
by headlamp quickly faded as the Hot Damn 100 filled our bellies. I was in bed
by 8pm for a much needed long night of sleep while the others laughed the night
away around the campfire.
Sunday we awoke to some clouds and eventually some drizzles. Trying to avoid the
clay-like mud we packed up and headed into town for coffee. The only place open
was the BoneYard Brewery so we had
some Irish coffee's and beers. Why not, right?! The indecision continued along
with the rain and we drove over to Loma. Dwight was the only one willing to do a
ride in the rain with me so we headed off on Mary's Loop and Horsethief Bench.
Great views all along the way and of course the rain came down harder. Oh well,
makes for great stories! The pounds and pounds of clay-like mud that attached
itself to our bikes rendering them completely unrideable at times wasn't exactly
fun, but at times like these you can only laugh
at yourself. Yet another wonder trip to Fruita with great friends and family,
lots of laughs and fantastic mtn biking.
Video of Dwight on a steep
Video of the upper part of the
rappel along The Edge
05/18/06 - 05/21/06
Another wonderful trip to Fruita for some warm weather, camping, and mtn
biking. Arriving late Thursday night we found that the Road 18 camp areas now
have tables, bathrooms, and designated spots...cool! It also gets more and more
popular each time we're there. We set up tents and had some beers under a bright
moon before going to bed to wake up to the beautiful views all around. Love this
place!! Friday morning we set up our awesome camp equipped with 2 grills (well,
one grill since we forgot one and had to buy another) a giant table, stereo,
fire ring, tents, chairs, and a giant
Penn State canopy for shade. We headed into town and rented Jean a Rocky Mtn
Element 30 then went over to the Loma Exit for some fun loops. Jean and Stinger
went off to Rustlers Loop and I linked up Mary's, Horsethief, Steve's, and Moore
Fun for a ass-kickin' 17.5mile loop. Mary's was easy and fun, Horsethief started
off with some giant steps then cruised along the river with great views and just
a few more technical spots. Back up the giant unrideable rock steps and back on
Mary's along the canyon rim I went the next few miles to Steve's Cutoff. This
was an easy few miles that cruised on singletrack in and out of a few canyons.
BEAUTIFUL!!! Back onto Mary's loop and up to a ridge. From here, instead of
dropping down to Frontage road I choose the torturous climb up and down Moore
Fun. Lots of pushing and a couple extra miles for a good self-induced ass
kicking before getting back to the Loma Exit where I was completely exhausted,
sweaty, and out of water. We stocked up on wood, ice, and
bought another grill before heading back to camp and start the feast. With over
4 cases of beer, Jager Bombs, and enough food to stuff an army, we had our work cut out for
us! First round was hotdogs and brats, followed by steaks, mac 'n cheese, and zucchini.
Chad and Libby came by for some beers and laughs and we wasted the night away
drinking way too much and building a giant fire. Got a brief bit of rain and a
great lightning show, thank goodness for the Penn State tent!
Each morning we started with bacon and egg bagel sammy's and cleaned up camp.
Saturday we rode right from camp on the fun and twisty Kessler's Run then
watched at the TH as Stinger changed a tire in a record 45 minutes only to find
that his chain was about to break...all without losing his temper from my
heckling. Jean and I continued on the awesome Prime Cut and Joe's Ridge. It was
in the 90's once again and we were ready for the shade of camp and cold beers in
our belly's. We found Stinger back at camp, he started grilling and drinking
while we went into town to resupply ice and firewood. We discovered a new animal
on the way....an AssPaca! Looked like a cross between a donkey (jackass) and an alpaca.
A couple hours and 9 beers later, Stinger entertained us with chugging Twisted
Tea's and drunken obnoxious yelling and screaming. Jean called for 5 minutes of
silence which we all enjoyed. Chad, Libby, and Kenny came back for a night of
fun and tonight was our attempt to eat all the food and drink all the booze so
we had less to take home. Pretty much it was a missions successful! Brats,
hotdogs, burgers, corn, and baked beans went nicely with the Pabst's Blue Ribbon
and Fosters cans. Denali was having an absolute ball the entire time. When he
wasn't hiding from the hot sun, he was rolling in the dirt and running around
with the 4 other dogs. Sunday morning was spent in the shade and breaking down
camp before the hungover ride home. A quick stop at Starvin' Arvin's got our
belly's plenty full before leaving excited to come back next Spring once again.
03/31/05 - 04/03/05
and I had the itch to do some mtn biking and sure can't beat a trip out to
Fruita! We found a great camping spot (in the middle of the night) up off Road
18 north of Fruita. After sleeping in and cooking an awesome car-camping-like
breakfast we headed out to ride Prime Cut and Joe's Ridge. It was a beautiful
day with temps in the 70's and bright blue skies. This was Jean's first time on
her mtn bike in several years and was working out the kinks over rocks, roots,
and tight turns. Joe's Ridge was a blast just like I
remembered it with steep drops, great views, and steep downhills. Back at
camp we relaxed in the sun and a bit later I headed out to ride Zippety Doo Daa.
In the guide book this trail is described as "Steep downhills, excellent
singletrack, and some very technical sections add up to make this one of the
best expert rides in the area." What crazy fun this trail was! The miles on dirt roads was easily
forgotten once I saw the "Double Diamond, Expert Only" trail sign!
WooHoo! The dropoffs were HUGE, the downhills were STEEP and
I chickened out and had to hop off at one point. Wow, what an intense and fun
trail! That night we met up with Chad, Libby, and Gregg for some beers
and laughs in Grand Junction. We built a camp fire once back before hopping in
the cold tent. I should've brought a warmer sleeping bag!
Saturday morning Chad and Libby drove out and set up camp to hang out for the
day and play with the dogs. I hopped on the bike and headed out to ride
Frontside. Gotta love the trail description for this one too, "Rocky
sections and extreme, steep hills with dropoffs that can and will inflict damage
to you and your bike if you
The trail headed north towards the book cliffs, then west and north again along
singletrack and in/out of several washes. Eventually it hooked up with a road
and led behind the book cliffs then steadily climbed all the way to the top of
the cliffs! The sweat and sore legs were rewarded with spectacular
views all over Colorado, Utah, and all the trails below. The downhill back was
real sweet and I was able to hammer up parts of Zippety Doo Daa that I wasn't
able to the day before. 18miles down and instead of just riding
the road back to
camp, I hooked up with Joe's Ridge for some more fun back to camp! What a great
ride all around!!!!
of grilling, laughs, and beers going around the fire that night. Poor little
Denali keep getting violated by Chad and Libby's Jack Russel Terrier
that wanted nothing more then to have constant sex with Denali's leg. To
complete the perfect Colorado all-weather weekend, Jean and I took off from
Fruita early on Sunday morning and hit Breckenridge for some fantastic spring
skiing! Gotta love Colorado......
Perfect time of the year once again to be mtn biking around Fruita! Peggy and I
did the drive out in one shot Thursday night and got to Chad and Libby's just
before midnight. I had been fighting off a stomach virus and my body wasn't
quite ready for a w/end of lots of food and beer, but oh well. Friday Chad biked
with us and we met Gregg at the TH near the Kokopelli trail. We decided to do
something real easy and did the short, but fun, Rustlers Loop. Relaxing in the
sun drinking beers afterwards was the next order of business!
Saturday it was time for a bit of a harder ride. We headed to the Mack exit and
chose to combine two loops together...Lions and Troy Built. From the Mack TH we
rode down Hawkeye Rd to Lion's Loop, it was a steep hill to start then dropped
down on the Colo River side to some great views. The trail followed the bluffs
on single track and some tricky moves, really fun riding though. Instead of
following the Lions Loop back to the TH, we took the cutoff for Troy Built. This
was a bit tougher, but more fabulous views and single track riding. Denali was
getting pretty pooped from the warm sun and quickly learned how to drink out of
a CamelBak! After about 4hrs and close to 20miles we were back at the truck and
ready for more beers! On the way back from riding we stopped at the new Breckenridge Brewery. The PSU
football game was on so we indulged in several beers and Chad and Libby found us
there while riding their bikes past on the way to
the movie store! That night we had to make our customary stop in at the
RockSlide Brewery for food and plenty of beers. Back at the house we stayed up
way too late drinking whiskey, playing games and laughing a bunch.
Instead of more biking Sunday we followed Chad and Libby to the east side of
Glenwood Springs and hiked to Hanging Lake. It was just under 2 miles but a
straight up trail. It was well worth it though, the lake and surrounding waterfalls
looked like something straight out of Hawaii!
Instead of heading out to Moab again we decided to try out the mtn biking
trails around Grand Junction and Fruita this time. Since Chad and Libby just
moved there over the summer it was a good excuse to see them and a place to stay
instead of camping for once. It was nice too, cause the drive was a couple hours
shorter. Basically we would wake up late, go biking all day, come back to
Chad/Libby's eat a lot of food and drink a lot of beer till the wee hours,
including stops at the RockSlide Microbrewery and a couple other local
The first day we stayed close to Grand Junction and planned to ride "The
Gunny Loop" trail near the entrance of the Colorado Monument. There are a
few other trails starting here and right from the start there were some
spots and drop-offs with not many flat areas. Wasn't long till we made a
turn too early and started down the "Andy's Loop" trail instead. We
weren't worried about it knowing that they all connected somehow. The scenery
was quite similar to Moab with huge sandstone cliffs and bluffs everywhere. Lots
of up's and down's and pushing the bikes too. We went in and out of several
runoff areas and places that looked like they were swept by plenty of flash
floods. We got a little worried when the trail kept heading farther and farther
from the start but eventually got on a long slanting tongue of
sandstone that sounded like what was described for "The Ribbon" trail. We
found the trailhead and followed the road back towards civilization,
taking some cutoffs on trails that lead us back to the car. A great long
ass-kicking ride with a huge variety of terrain and trails.
The second day of riding we headed north of Fruita towards the Book Cliffs
figuring we would ride some trails where we
could stay on the bikes longer. We first chose "Chutes and Ladders"
trail. It worked its way gently uphill towards the Book Cliffs, then up and down
along the cliffs before a good screaming downhill into the pastures and fields.
It was a much more rider friendly trail. We even saw a couple tandem mountain
bikes on the trail, looked pretty dangerous. Back at the truck we still had tons of
time so after relaxing we took the same
trail towards the cliffs then headed west to the "Prime Cut/Joe's
Cutoff" trail. This trail was AWESOME! It climbed up some hills then the
trail was right along the middle of a knife-edge ridge almost all the way back
to the parking lot.
Our last day of riding before going home we headed north of GJ
to the "Roller Coaster" area. There are trails heading in every
direction and lots of motorcycles in this area. Instead of following
certain trails we just worked our way towards the cliffs going on whichever
trail that looked enticing. A pretty easy couple hours of riding before
the trek home. Chad came along so we had piled all 3 bikes on my
spare-tire rack (which is meant for a hatchback and only 2 bikes). On the way
back I looked in the rear-view mirror to see the bikes hop a couple times then
disappear! The rack broke and spilled our bikes in the road doing about 40mph.
Peggy's bike got a flat, Chad's got a bent rim, and mine got trashed. Bent rim,
broken derailer, handlebars and seat torn beyond recognition, broken pedal, and
scratched up real bad. Luckily the new RockShox Psylo XC only got a couple
scratches on them. This really sucked, but luckily it happened at the end of the
trip instead of the beginning. Besides, a great excuse to buy................