I've just started to realize how many sweet, hardly-used trails are around here. They're not groomed, IMBA spec bulldozer wide, or properly drained. So they're pretty much perfect. I'm trying to get out and ride as many of them as I can. There's a lot of riding to do. Hideous tasting rice cereal stuff. Colleen … Continue reading Road Gulch
After everybody got their underpants in a bunch over the low snowpack in April, a ton of rain in May took things right back to where they should have been. No shortage of water right now, although Matt contaminated everything downstream from this point with his incredibly stinky plastic clothes. We climbed all day after … Continue reading Backcountry Cruising
April, after a super dry winter. End of May, after a solid month of rainy days.
A few days ago, I went up to Prince Creek for the first time in the snow. Then I went again, because it's awesome up there. Prince Creek is one of the main trail systems around Carbondale. I was only able to do one short ride up there once before the snow hit, but from … Continue reading Prince Creek
There's a full moon, still chairlifts. People shuffle up the mountain on skis, little spots of light bob in front of them. I get out of Randy's truck and unloaded my fat bike. Nine other riders squeeze tires to check air pressure, pull on hats and gaiters, flick lights on and off to make sure … Continue reading Sunny Nights
For the last few weeks it's been the shoulder season here, which means that the trails are too muddy to ride and there hasn't been enough snow to get up into the mountains (although it just dumped, and now the resorts are all opening up). So most of my miles have been commuting to work … Continue reading Dry Park Road