Summer’s Almost Gone.

I grew up listening to The Doors, actually I was obsessed with them in  high school. The unique sound of Ray Manzarek on the keys, and Morrison’s stage presence and poetry drew me in. Obsessions come and go, some stick for a while, some not so much. Which got me thinking about how obsessed I am with bikes and that I know this obsession is to last a lifetime. It’s funny how life brings you to new places, introduces new things, and connects you with new people. I am sooooo very grateful to have found my home in the Gunnison Valley. It started with education but has turned into a whole lot more. This is what the bike industry wanted right? Its ok, I have accepted it, because I love every bit of it, the people, the adventure, the beauty. 

This has been an unforgettable summer that started in Arizona in April, where at the time it was not quite summer yet in snowy Crested Butte. I fell in love with Arizona, the warmth, the desert, and the trails. Summer continued with a few races starting in Utah, followed by Gunnison, Salida, and the Colorado Trail. In-between, life was filled with many laughs. Through pain and bliss, summer has quickly come to an end. The days are getting shorter, the nights get colder, and soon golden aspens will be accompanied by snow capped peaks.

The end of summer does not mean the end of bike season, and I’m going to make the most of it. It’s not very often I get to ride new trails around Crested Butte. I must admit — I love buff, smooth singletrack, and Crested butte has a lot of that.  Saturday I decided to ride the Para Me y Para Te trail just south of town,  a trail that has been on my todo list for some time. It was the perfect time as I needed to prep for some hike-a-bike that the Vapor Trail kindly has to offer. This ride was special because it exposed me to a different perspective of the land around me. I usually don’t feel so eager talk about a trail, but there was something special, it was a day where everything felt right.

The day started with me waking up far to early, but nothing a little coffee couldn’t fix. I hopped on the bike and made my way to the Green Lake Trail. I figure this would be a good test of my new XX1 drive train. It’s still a transition for me as I parted ways with a whole granny gear and my legs are still adjusting. Anyways that is an entirely different story. I started at race pace, but soon was taken over by the hike a bike. If I were racing, I would push it, but I decided to relax and enjoy the ride.

Panorama at the junction of  Green Lake Trail and para me y para te Trail.

Panorama at the junction of Green Lake Trail and para Me y Para Te Trail.

Mt. Axtel through the pines.

Mt. Axtel through the pines.

Whetstone Mountain, West face.

Whetstone Mountain, West face.

I made it to a clearing that showed just how big Whetstone Mountain really is. It’s just a big rock, high up in the sky.

Skyland and The Club in the far far distance.

Skyland and The Club in the far far distance.

And then I looked down, showing me how small we really are on Earth.

Carbon Peak, you look so epic.

Carbon Peak, you look so epic.

After some hike a bike came a fun steep downhill. My bike and I rarely are on the same page in this aspect, mainly because I suck at descents but today we were on the same page. Oh and I never realized how epic Carbon Peak really is. Wondering if it gets enough snow to ski?

Carbon Trail, with the Anthracite Range in the background.

Carbon Trail, with the Anthracite Range in the background. Sweet sweet singletrack!

The Castles.

The Castles.

I got to Ohio Pass, and decide I wanted to sit back and relax at Lake Irwin, I climbed up through the old Irwin Townsite, found a good spot, and laid back.

Lake Irwin.

Lake Irwin!

Although the Autumn Equinox is not until the 22nd of September, it will start to feel like fall before we know it. Get out there and enjoy it.  With the end of one activity comes another, and although I have found my true obsession in biking, it’s always such a great change to bring out the skis.  Feed your need while you can.

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