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  1. #1
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    Mar 2004
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    Mountain bike touring Prep!!

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    Hi Everyone,
    Just a little over a week before I start the entire Colorado Trail, I can smell the singletrack!

    So today was my first ride with my panniers fully loaded, I did a trail with lots of singletrack switchbacks to see how well it works. Wow...having an additional 20-25 lbs. on your rear is something to get used to! I also forgot it's difficult to bunnyhop with those panniers!

    I had a full experience with them, worked the switchbacks, worked steep hills, worked steep downhills. As an added bonus, I was rained and hailed on...so I got to feel the traction on slippery dirt and yes, my panniers are actually waterproof.

    All and all, a good experience and wake up call. The only bad part of today is that I took my camelback off to put my rain jacket on and left my camelback in the mountains! Luckily everything I normally have in my pack was in the panniers. I'll head back up tomorrow to get it, unless a bear took off with it (I had some yummy cherry lara bars in the pack).

    So excited for next week to be here, I could be in a lot better shape for this trip (but with school, work, life, it gets difficult). Yet after today, I'm feeling better. Is it next week yet!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
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    Are you going with a pro guided group, on your own, what? I can't remember - does the CO Trail have huts? What's your plan? Do you have a favorite link? I'd like to read more.
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
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    Nebraska
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    Oooh, another tour!

    Are you going to write a journal for all of us to enjoy?

    I'll refrain from asking all the million and two questions I have and just ask you to tell us all about it.

    (listening hard)
    Give big space to the festive dog that make sport in the roadway. Avoid entanglement with your wheel spoke.
    (Sign in Japan)

    1978 Raleigh Gran Prix
    2003 EZ Sport AX

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Albuquerque, NM
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    *hugs* I couldn't remember when your trip was Snow - just a week away??.......you are going to have such a blast!! yes yes yes - we want to hear all about it when you get back!!!!!
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming: "Yeah Baby! What a Ride!"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
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    Hi Everyone,
    This is a self-supported tour (me and my hubby), the Colorado Trail goes from Denver to Durango, and is on some of the most beautiful singletrack. The trail distance is 450 miles, but we'll be doing an additional 200-300 miles because we have to detour around wilderness (mtbikes not allowed).

    I've learned from Denise Goldberg on her posts, so this weekend I plan on starting a journal at crazyguyonabike.com. I won't be able to post often (we only have three city stops planned), but will update fully upon my return.

    I've done sections in the past (small rides) and it's always beautiful. This is a picture on Monarch Crest Trail, a part of which is the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail, from last year.

    I've never done 20 days straight of riding, so it will be a new experience. Also hubby and I agreed not to talk to each other the first three days (if he even starts to ask if I could pedal faster...) since we'll both be a little grumpy getting used to the altitude.

    Once I start my journal, I'll let you all know.

    Enjoy!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Houston, Tx
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    16
    Did you make it back or did the bears get ya? Curious what you took for food since you weren't planning on hitting up too many towns.

 

 

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