Mary's Loop started off with a nice climb up on to the bluffs above the river. It wasn't a particularly difficult climb - in fact this was quite good, as this was to be my longest ride of the season so far. In spite of the gloom the views aren't for scoffing at.
|Yes, there's a trail down there; no, I couldn't ride it all.|
While I remember, I'm going to digress to comment on my switch to tubeless. I went for a standard Stan's setup a month or two ago. I had a few problems getting the rear standard Maxxis Crossmark to seal, but mainly because I was trying to do it with a floor pump (it's a lot easier to get the bead to seat with a compressor). The front UST Kenda Nevegal went on easily with just a floor pump. Now that the tires are reliably inflated, I'm loving them. On all these rocks I've been running a much lower pressure that tubes would allow. In the last few days there have been five or six incidences where I've hit rocks that I'm sure would have given a tube a snakebite puncture. Actually, after my first rocky ride at Tabeguache I went to inflate my tires a bit & found they were running at 18 psi!
Have you got a hose? I need to get wet asep), considering how poorly the trails stand up to just a little bit of rain.
Great to get out for a decent ride & I didn't get too wet. Perhaps it because was I missed out on the views in the sun, but I can't quite see what all the fuss is about at Fruita - I've ridden much better trails with better views all around the place. None of the trails seemed to flow particularly well & quite a bit of the ride was spent on relatively tame double-track. Maybe I'll find something more interesting on Saturday (when we also mean to check out the Mike the Headless Chicken festival as the story behind it is interesting).
We had a great Nepalese meal downtown Grand Junction this evening - I even managed to remember my huge Nepalese vocabulary of four words & it brought back many great memories, I must get back to Nepal one day. Best statues of the day are Chrome on the Range II: