This Mountain Biking Love-post comes to you in Real Time. My hair is still wet from the shower. Gone to the Grey-water tank is the grit, dust, and body stench that came as a result of this morning's glorious four hour tour to, through, and back from Klondike Bluffs. What a kaleidoscope of color and clouds and rocks, my friends. Oh, and I am "solo." My Bobbie App flew the coup to Lovely Ouray in order to find a little "Common Ground" and shed the last vestiges of the dreaded Wally Virus. Fear not, she will be back. At least that's what she said, driving off into the sunrise.
I know, I know. There is a gaping hole in the BCB… big enough to drive your stinking quad-slide Class A Motorhome through. I'll get to it, at least that's the plan. I doubt anyone gives a shit anyway, there's only a bazillion RV blogs to choose from these days. If you find some good ones let me know. Now now, don't get your panties in a wad fellow bloggers. I think it's going to take about three more bike rides to shed this "dark side of the moon" persona. It's a long story.
But today, today, was a good start. There is healing and optimism on the trail, my friends, at least for me there is. It was my second ride in three days to Klondike Bluffs… same route, a "lollipop," if you will, about four hours worth if you hustle. Grab your helmet, mates… Let's kick out the jams (1969 MC5, FYI).
After riding about 20 minutes from camp on Dalton Wells Road, Klondike Bluffs comes into view… miniature figurines and loaves of bread at this distance. This is a land of boulders. When God finished creating the heavens and the earth, I think He must have dumped all the leftover rocks right here. Same with sand.
I started around 7:30 AM, thus it was a tad too cool mess around with photos. One needs to keep pedaling in order to stay warm at that hour in the High Desert.
Forty four minutes later I arrived at the Klondike Bluffs parking area. I'm in luck, only one car. Solitude goes to the early bird… along with the worm.
The gate is not chained so I ride into it, smack it good with my front tire. It swings open. Screw the friggin' cow-maggots. Someone else can latch it, and I'm off.
Within a half mile I'm in single track Heaven… the Jurassic Trail, a nice, easy series of whoop-de-dos interspersed with smooth straight stretches where one can put the pedal to the metal.
It's wide open country, lots of red dirt eye candy. Zoom zoom…
There are several trail choices, all of which will get me to where I want to go: The Dino Trail, a rowdy intermediate that's good for a couple ass-puckers. This time I bail off Jurassic and take the Midline. Lovely. It climbs a ridge and then follows along the edge for spectacular views, like the LaSalles, all snowcapped. It's into the sun so I take a black and white. Somewhere Ansel Adams smiles.
The sky is a deep, dark Utah Blue. Clouds build on; I try to make something from the shapes… a fighter jet???
I'm loving how the "Midline" hugs the edge of the ridge. Colorful boulders spill off the escarpment; works of art.
You can see from the photos: this is a trail anyone can do. So you should, soon.
I'm warming up; should be good to go by the time I hit the tougher intermediate section on the way back, Dino.
The clouds just won't quit putting on a show, surreal, stunning! I stop and have a look around. There is no one, I am totally alone. It's not lost on me, I take a moment to appreciate the solitude of my "Now." Like a sponge, I soak it in… all of it. 360 freaking degrees of Heaven on earth, and it's mine all mine. Not even an angel… which is concerning.
The trail curves this way and that, then disappears into the horizon. I'm still heading away from camp, going on two hours. It's fine by me. I hope my body can hold out as long as my spirit, cause I don't want it to end. I don't want to lose what I've found… that feeling, "that lovin' feeling." It seems so long since I've had it, you know? It partially explains the hole in the blog. My soul has felt so cracked and dried out.
Let it rain, dear Lord, let it rain till my soul runneth over.
I add some short side-loops, trying to keep it going, stretch the feeling. But it's a little bit like juggling. Yeah, you can keep three balls going all day long. But that fourth ball changes everything. Maybe I should error on the side of caution. There is nobody… nobody. My phone reads one bar. I need to save some energy anyway, I rationalize, especially if I'm riding Dino back to the parking lot.
I have no photos of Trail Dino. The ride kinda sucked me dry with all it's twists and turns and steep climbs and descents. It reminded me of Guacamole, above Virgin… lots of obstacles and challenges before you're ready for them. Fly around a blind corner: Bang, a series of ledges that drops out from under you… along with your stomach, heart, and imagination at what could be. Tortoise and Hare, Tortoise and Hare… Be the Tortoise, fool.
I'm proud, and thankful, to say that not once did I crash. I will perfect this loop before leaving. I'm in no hurry, I love it here. My Bobbie App will return come Sunday, and I look forward to showing her around the "Klondike."