Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tour of Telluride

Wednesday this week I decided to pack up the fat bike and go ride Telluride. I don't ride there much as I love my riding around Rico but I was in need to change up the riding and go over the pass to ride. Also since I work in Telluride its hard to get in the vehicle and drive there on my days off. I'd rather ride from the house like I will do today. But in this case the snow in T-Ride was calling.

I parked at the pullout near the valley floor at HWY 145 and the spur to Telluride. I rode the snow covered single track on the valley floor into Telluride to the Bear Creek trail up to the ice fall. The trail was packed down and firm. Ideal conditions. It's only a few miles up and the ride was peaceful with no other hikers, skiers or bikers on the trail.

Bear Creek Ice fall. A beautiful spot in the winter and summer. 

After descending Bear Creek I headed into the box canyon to go ride up to Bridal Veil Falls. I was hoping to see some ice climbers but nobody was out climbing on this day. The climb up to the falls was slow going and I had to hike a lot of it due to the soft conditions.

Bridal Veil Ice Falls. 

After descending back into town I stopped by Laura's office to say hello. Her office is conveniently located right on main street. Her views are priceless from her street level picture window above her desk. After stopping for a few minutes I headed out of town to go check out Boomerang. It is a primitive dirt road that climbs from the valley floor to Mountain Village. Before I headed out of town I stopped at my sister-in-laws place of business, Aemono, where she offered me a tasty peanut butter cookie.

I finally headed out of town on the valley floor to the start of the Boomerang climb. The distance is about 1.5 miles or so up but it is literally straight up at times. The granny gear on the fat bike was sweet as I grinded away looking for the top. It didn't come fast. At the top of Boomerang I jumped on the Jurassic single track that traverses over to HWY 145 and down to Lawson Hill area and back to the freako van. It was a great ride and I could have added more to the ride but I was good for the day. 21 miles, 3106 feet of climbing and 3 hours moving time. A great ride.

Jurassic singletrack.

Back at the freako van!

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