Friday night I went to bed thinking, "well, this weekend is f***ed up." My neck and back were sure to cause problems, the weather was going to hell. Ed called to say that they were late going and would come Saturday morning. I suggested that they think it over and decide whether to bag. I doubted we'd want to ride. But they wanted to be here, so they told me they were planning to leave in time to be at the bike shop (Absolute) by 9 am when it opened.
Of course, it snowed bloody hell from dawn until about 9:30 Saturday. But Ed and Jen made it. And by the time they got here, things were actually looking OK. So we jumped up and rode Cottonwood. It was cold, and it snowed hard on us a few times, but we had a great time.
We had a nice dinner at the First Street Cafe Saturday night after watching Jen's old friend Rich jam at a restaurant that just opened, the Purple Sage during the afternoon. The show was cut short by a raging snow squall.
Sunday morning looked perfect. The forecast called for continued crappy, but here's what Mt Ouray and Mt Chipeta looked like from the bikey compound just after dawn:
We climbed up to the top of the barbed wire trail, as the snow got really pretty heavy, on a road constructed entirely of semi-frozen chocolate pudding. MMMmmmm, chocolate.
Jen and old friend Rich
Anton on the Famous Bicycle™ (recognized that, Dirt Rag Fans?)
Ed rockin' his Ericksen down into Cottonwood
Prettiest smile of the day on Jen's face
Steph is goin' for it!
Andrew motos around a sweeper
Ed getting his groove on
Rich rockin down Cottonwood
As you can see, lots of smiling and good times being had here. And me? I rode two good hard days. Is my back/neck perfect? Nossir, it is not. Am I able to ride and have fun. Hell yeah! Did the weather ruin the weekend, nossir, it did not.
Just goes to show you. It isn't a lost cause until you've lost interest in it. This weekend was one of the best of my year so far. Thanks Ed and Jen for coming up! Good luck at KTR in a few weeks!