Monday, July 02, 2007
Kenosha/Georgia Pass ride
Thanks to our new crack of dawn riding schedule, it actually wasn't too painful to get up at 6am to go ride Kenosha yesterday. We rolled down to Feldy's place and loaded up his Subaru (5 riders+bikes in one car, not bad) then cruised up to Kenosha pass. For those not in the know, this is a really fun section of the Colorado trail that is usually done as an out and back, with the average elevation of the ride hovering somewhere around 10,000 feet. With temps at 100+ degrees in Denver, we thought we'd escape the heat, but we thought wrong - it was scorching. 85+ degrees a lot of the time, I'd estimate. We drank a LOT of water (it's a 5 hour ride) but still had a great time.
Here's a shot of Brian on the final climb to Georgia pass. We ran into some other riders at the bottom of the climb who advised us "hope you brought your snow shovels" - and then we only found maybe 50 yards of snow drift that had to be walked over. Are mountain bikers getting wimpier or something? I mean, come on, it's 3 minutes of hiking over snow on a freaking 5 hour ride!
Feldman, at the start of the ride. There are really cool twisty Aspen grove sections for quite a ways - really fun stuff, and we hardly saw anyone on the trail, so you could let it rip pretty good without worrying about running anyone down.
The trail isn't really technical, but there was one step-up/rock garden section that Sarah tried a few times before cleaning it.