Day 3 - Fruita, Oh Yeah!
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October 22nd, 2007 – by: nhrider
The trails we rode were on the south side of town and included such classics as Mack Ridge, Troy Built, Horse Thief Bench, and Mary's Loop. These trails are 90% singletrack and were a blast to ride on such a beautiful, sunny day. The trails had a ton of climbing but also some very rewarding descents, with lots of cliffside exposure to get a nice adrenaline rush.
Here in Fruita, there's a nice mix of fast, swoopy, smooth singletrack and gnarly, technical sections that offer a significant challenge, but for the most part are all rideable. Some of the trails ride the edge of huge bench mesas overlooking the Colorado River, some ride along the edge of rock-strewn hillsides, and others are in the flat valleys between the hills. It's truly got a bit of everything. I heard numerous comments proclaiming that today's ride was the most fun so far.
I let Peter don the helmet cam for a stretch and this was a nice break for yours truly. I think I may actually be in some of the footage he captured!
The riding out here has been taking it' toll on the bikes, so far we've had one broken derailleur, two broken front shocks, and about 8 flat tires. My front shick started to gush oil today but was still working fine.
Note that I accidentally turned off my GPS for about 5 miles today, so the total miles came from another rider's bike computer. I'm also guessing that those 5 miles accounted for about 350 ft. of climbing.
- Total miles: 22.5
- Total vertical: Approx. 3000 ft.
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