2006 Fruita, Colorado
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Following are photos from a fall weekend mountain biking trip to Fruita, Colorado.

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Copper Mountain It's the last weekend in September. The higher elevations have already seen enough snow that the ski runs at Copper Mountain (left photo) and parts of Beaver Creek ski areas are already getting covered. Beaver Creek
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Changing aspen The aspen trees near Vail are full of color. Changing aspen
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Glenwood Canyon Driving through Glenwood Canyon. This is one of the most scenic stretches of interstate highway in the country. Glenwood Canyon
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Storm King Mountain Storm King Mountain, just west of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The reason it has no trees is that it burned in the South Canyon Fire of July, 1994. Storm King Mountain
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Mike the Headless Chicken
Fruita's claim to fame, Mike the Headless Chicken. In the right hand photo, we're trying to give poor Mike a head.
Mike the Headless Chicken
Mike the Headless Chicken
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Campsite Our campsite in the Bookcliffs area of Fruita North, just off 18 Road. The campsites are conveniently located in an area surrounded by the Bookcliffs mountain bike trails. We got a great site because we got there early, but by Friday night, the entire campground was full. Campsite
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Fruita North - 18 Road area trail map This is a map of the Fruita North - 18 Road area, with the bicycle trails conveniently highlighted (map "borrowed" from an internet search). The campsite road is the black dotted line in between "Joe's Ridge" and "Kessel's".
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Flat Tire From the campsite we rode down "Prime Cut," then started back up "Zippety Do Da." Partway up, we realized we were on a one-way downhill trail, so we retreated, and decided to ride up "Kessel Run" instead. We were a little anxious from the drive, so we didn't stop to take too many pictures until I got a flat tire. I guess I hit the cattle guard at the bottom of "Zippety" a little too hard. Here's me fixing the flat, and Charlie giving me some pointers. Flat Tire
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Joe's Ridge slideshow Clicking on this photo will lead to a short video slideshow of Charlie, BR, and Willie riding a section of "Joe's Ridge."

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Me on Joe's Ridge Me on Joe's Ridge Me on "Joe's Ridge."
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Me on Joe's Ridge Me on Joe's Ridge More of me on "Joe's Ridge."
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BR on Joe's Ridge More footage of "Joe's Ridge." On the left, BR makes his way down a steep section of the trail. On the right, Charlie hits the last obstacle at the bottom of a hill. Charlie on Joe's Ridge
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Zippety riders at dusk A large group of riders waits to each take a turn down an extremely steep section of the "Zippety Do Da" trail. To the left of where they are waiting, the trail turns directly down the face of the hill, toward us. Zippety riders at dusk
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Shadow Sometimes the light is just right for a certain kind of picture.
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Steepness Steepness Steepness The steep part of "Joe's Ridge."
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Sunset On the left we see the sun going down from the "Prime Cut" trail. On the right is the view of the sunset from our campsite. Sunset
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Sunset Sitting by the campfire. On the right, a little photo-trickery to make me appear to be in two places at once. Sunset
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Chutes and Ladders slideshow Clicking on this photo will lead to a short video slideshow of Willie and Charlie riding a section of "Chutes and Ladders," Saturday morning.

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Chutes and Ladders The "Chutes and Ladders" trail. On the left you can see Willie (wearing a blue shirt) facing left, Charlie (in grey) a little lower and facing right, and BR (in red) heading straight toward me. On the right is a close-up of me on a downhill section of the trail. Chutes and Ladders
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Chutes and Ladders Chutes and Ladders Chutes and Ladders Me, followed by Willie, then Charlie on the last downhill stretch of "Chutes and Ladders."
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Vegetarian Loop On the left, Willie is hot-dogging it at the bottom of the "Vegetarian Loop." Did you really ride that whole section with no hands? On the right is me, struggling up the hardest section of "Prime Cut." Prime Cut
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Jump Another dowhill on "Kessel Run." Partway down the trail is an option to ride down into the gulley, or jump off a rock instead, about 3 feet tall. This link leads to another short video slideshow of me taking the more fun of the two options.

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Owl Dinosaur To the left are some of the attractions of downtown Fruita. We drove through town to pick up some bike parts and make some minor repairs on the way to Loma. On the right, Charlie's ride is getting new brakes. Owl
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Loma area trail map This is a map of the Loma area, with the bicycle trails conveniently highlighted (map "borrowed" from an internet search). This area is one exit further west than Fruita on I-70, and is where the "Kokopelli Trail" begins.
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Colorado River panorama Panorama of the Colorado River running through Horsethief Canyon, taken from "Rustler's Loop."
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Group photo Group photo at an overlook on "Rustler's Loop."
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Horsethief The section of trail leading down to Horsethief Bench is typically walked. When I head this, I had to at least try to ride down it...

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Final climb Final climb The final climb up to the road that will take us back to the parking lot. And me taking the"shortcut." Final climb
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Crossroads Somewhere in the middle of America...

3/10 of a mile north of N Road, and 1/2 mile east of 17 Road, there lies an intersection where this sign makes a lot of sense.
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Silhouette Bicycles silhoutted against the first morning sky light, Sunday.
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Experts only "Zippety Do Dah." It's marked as a double black diamond - experts only. Sounds like my kind of trail. I packed my gear early and decided to get in an extra ride while everyone else broke camp. On the right is the view from the top of the hill where a previous photograph shows a large group on the horizon waiting to ride down. Roller coaster
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Glenwood Springs As always, our trip ends with a relaxing soak in the hot mineral pools of Glenwood Springs.
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