So finally, the long lost hobit have returned to the prairie, yey! Even more play and some totally un-understandable mix of economics-physics science makes miss Jackson a very happy hen.
Martin was scheduled to arrive in Denver on Monday evening, so what better than to combine a hobit pickup with a bike/road trip? Especially when Lyons, CO was offering a beer/outdoor games festival? Said and done, me, Natalie and Jenn went down to Lyons on Saturday, watched dirt jumping (not so much)-kids in skinny jeans, drank som beer and danced for four hours. I ended the evening by throwing a man who grabbed Jenn’s ass to the ground. Ha! He got so angry, I thought he wanted to kill me, but he just got what he asked for. He wanted to grab my ass too, and I told him that that didnt do it for me, and so he asked if I wanted to fight him. And so I did. Didn’t tell him I have a background in Thai boxing…
On Sunday, we first helped cleaning up the festival area, and got some really nice breakfast as a thanks. Then we rode Hall ranch. The trail is technical, fast and contained way too many people. Sometimes I really miss the total dessertedness of the VB mountains… It was, however, still extremely fun. After a short food pause, we went hiking in Big Elk Medows, and took a skinny dip in the rapids. It was SWEET.
On Monday, me and Natalie went up and rode Heil Ranch. The trail is very scenic. The lower part is constituted by a very fast and smooth single track (easy climb up hill), while the upper part is slightly more technical. It ride was fun, but we’ve ridden better, so we decided to let Larry’s lard ass do some work and drive further south to Dakota Ridge.
Note to self: It is not a super smart idea to first bike 3 hours in scourching sun and then drive a really hot car for an hour, and then climb the most exposed and fun ridge you’ve ever been on in 32 C at 1 pm in the afternoon when your head is a boiling lump of dow…. So, in other words, the climb up was hell. My head was spinning, and I wanted to puke most of the time and I was completely terrified by the vertical cliffs leading down to the valley on the west side of the trail. The ride down was, however, so much fun I completely forgot my overheated head was attached to my body.
After that, we rewarded ourselves with a swim in a very weird artificial lake, and then went to pick up the hobit. All in all a very good weekend.