Circling the La Sals
In our ongoing efforts to prepare for the Colorado Trail Race, Ty and I rode around the La Sal mountains. It was a solid loop, in some amazing country.
I could have spent Friday night watching college basketball, or at dinner with my wife. I could have been warm, comfortable, and entertained. That’s how my colleagues, friends, and most everybody else spent the evening. But not me. Instead, Ty and I were riding our bikes through the dark, cold, high desert, and into unknown […]
Bikepacking Gear Bonanza
Where does a 470-mile mountain bike race sit? I haven’t been very subtle about my Colorado Trail ambitions. My last two posts have focused on the race, and my preparation for it. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen about the race, and all my various gear choices. I’ve sent 2,379 emails to Ty, my […]
The CTR Has Already Started
The blue sky disappearred. Dark, angry clouds moved rapidly overhead. Thunder rumbled across the sky. Rain drops thumped off the rocks and splashed onto the narrow, dusty trail. I moved slowly. So, slowly. The storm turned violent. Wind, rain, lightning. I had no place to hide. I was surrounded by high alpine tundra. And still, […]
I was pedaling through the Saint George desert, somewhere underneath Gooseberry Mesa, when I made the decision: “I am going to ride the Colorado Trail Race this year.” That was January 2008. The next day, my wife told me we were having twins. I didn’t make it to the Colorado Trail Race that summer. In […]