Day 3 - Fruita, Oh Yeah!

Fruita Travel Blog

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Gearing up to start the ride
We got up bright and early and loaded about 3 days worth of gear in our bags and loaded up the vans, then headed out for the 2 hour drive up to Fruita, Colorado. It's a stunning drive through an enormous canyon cut by the Colorado River. We got to Fruita at about 10:00, unloaded our gear at the hotel, then went out for our one and only ride of the day.

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.
View of Colorado River with fall foliage in the background


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 the thin ribbons of trail along the edge of these two mesas
I decided to bring it to Over the Edge Sports to have them try a quick repair. With any luck, I should get my bike back in better working order by 10:00 or 11:00 tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, this means I'll miss the first ride, but it's a trail that I did about two and a half years ago the last time I was here so missing it is not such a big deal. And I should still be able to get some great footage from the rides later in the day.

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.

Daily Stats:
 - Total miles: 22.5
 - Total vertical: Approx. 3000 ft.

GPS Plot


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Gearing up to start the ride
Gearing up to start the ride
View of Colorado River with fall f…
View of Colorado River with fall …
Note the thin ribbons of trail alo…
Note the thin ribbons of trail al…
Heading back out after a break
Heading back out after a break
Landscape shot showing river and m…
Landscape shot showing river and …
Enjoying nature after a grueling c…
Enjoying nature after a grueling …
Peter wearing my helmet cam for a …
Peter wearing my helmet cam for a…
The end of Troy Built - a phenomen…
The end of Troy Built - a phenome…
A stretch of trail cut into the hi…
A stretch of trail cut into the h…
Highlights from Day 1 in Fruita
Fruita
photo by: callufrax