Day 19 - Fruita

Kokopelli trails (Rustlers, Horsethief, Marys, Steves, Lions, Troy Built trails) & 18rd trails (Prime Cut, Chutes & ladders, Front side, Zipperty do da, Kessel Run, Joes Ridge) - (Fruita, Colorado)

 
 
 
 
 
 
Kokopelli Trails - Click to Enlarge Kokopelli Trails - Click to Enlarge Kokopelli Trails - Rustlers Loop Mountain bike trail - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails - Rustlers Loop Mountain bike trail - Click to Enlarge Had a good breakfast at the Hotel, and then drove over to the Kokopelli's loops. Met a guy with an Epiphany at the car park who showed me his replacement swing arm, as he'd cracked his previous one. It was quite hot even first thing in the morning, I headed off and rode round the Rustlers Loop , and easy but fun singletrack loop. Kokopelli Trails - Rustlers Loop Mountain bike trail - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails - Rustlers Loop Mountain bike trail - Click to Enlarge

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Kokopelli Trails - Rustlers Loop Mountain bike trail - Click to Enlarge Even though the Rustlers loop is the easiest one, its still challenging if you ride fast. Kokopelli Trails - Rustlers Loop Mountain bike trail - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails - Rustlers Loop Mountain bike trail - Click to Enlarge From rustlers I rode up Mary's loop trail, a double track with a singletrack line. Marys trail, Mountain Bike ride, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
Marys trail, Mountain Bike ride, Colorado - Click to Enlarge Marys trail, Mountain Bike ride, Colorado - Click to Enlarge Marys trail, Mountain Bike ride, Colorado - Click to Enlarge

I did the hike a bike down to Horse thief Bench Loop and then rode round the loop.

Marys trail, Mountain Bike ride, Colorado - Click to Enlarge Marys trail, Mountain Bike ride, Colorado - Click to Enlarge

HorseThief Bench, Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride, Colorado - Click to Play

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Horse thief bench loop trail, has great view of the river, and plenty of little ledges and drops. HorseThief Bench, Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
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HorseThief Bench, Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride, Colorado - Click to Enlarge After having a good run around the loop I climbed back up to Mary's and headed on over to Steve's Loop. Marys trail Mountain bike singletrack, Fruita - Click to Enlarge
Marys trail Mountain bike singletrack, Fruita - Click to Enlarge Marys trail Mountain bike singletrack, Fruita - Click to Enlarge Marys trail Mountain bike singletrack, Fruita - Click to Enlarge
Marys trail Mountain bike singletrack, Fruita - Click to Enlarge After a little gate Mary's trail turns into nice singletrack which contours along above the river. Marys trail Mountain bike singletrack, Fruita - Click to Enlarge
Marys trail Mountain bike singletrack, Fruita - Click to Enlarge Marys trail Mountain bike singletrack, Fruita - Click to Enlarge Marys trail Mountain bike singletrack, Fruita - Click to Enlarge
Steve's Loop, Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge I rode around steve's loop and then back up to the Lions Loop. Steve's Loop, Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge
Steve's Loop, Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge Lions Trail , Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge Lions Trail , Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge
Lions Trail , Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge Lions Trail , Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge Lions Trail , Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge
Lions Trail , Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge The lions trail had a lot of climbing, with some downhill and technical bits thrown in, It was very hot by this point in the ride. Lions Trail , Kokopelli trails mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge

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Troy Built trail, Kokopelli Trails, Fruita Mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge The climb up to the start of Troy Built along lions loop was brutal in the heat and strong sun, and I had to seek shelter behind rocks as I cycled up, several times to cool down. I had not filled my camalbak up with enough water and was running low, but decided to head along Troy built anyway as I knew it was a fun trail. Troy Built trail, Kokopelli Trails, Fruita Mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge
Troy Built trail, Kokopelli Trails, Fruita Mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge Troy Built trail, Kokopelli Trails, Fruita Mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge Troy Built trail, Kokopelli Trails, Fruita Mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge
Troy Built trail, Kokopelli Trails, Fruita Mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge I Stopped to shelter behind bushes several times as I rode along Troy built to cool down, but the trail was worth the discomfort. Troy Built trail, Kokopelli Trails, Fruita Mountain bike ride - Click to Enlarge
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I finally ran out of water as I dropped onto the dirt road, so I scrubbed my plan of riding up Mack ridge and cycled back along the road to the SUV. I saw Prairie dogs as I rode along. I wish I'd loaded up more fluids before starting the ride so I could have ridden more of the trails. In total I rode about 26.5 miles on this ride. Prairie dogs - Click to Enlarge
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I loaded the bike up and drove over to Fruita where I stopped at the supermarket and bought quite a few bottles of chocolate milk, which i chugged back until i didn't feel thirsty any more, then I drove up to the 18 road trails.
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Chutes and ladders, 18rd Mountain bike ride, Fruita - Click to Enlarge At the trail head car park I met another solo rider, and we both headed off up Prime cut to ride Chutes and ladders. All the chocolate milk I'd drunk weighed heavily on my stomach, plus he was a single speeder which meant I had to ride faster than I would normally have wanted to. The trail was good to ride though, with the fast ride back through the fields a hoot. Chutes and ladders, 18rd Mountain bike ride, Fruita - Click to Enlarge
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Chutes and ladders, 18rd Mountain bike ride, Fruita - Click to Enlarge As the sun went down the temperature got more reasonable, I didn't get too many chance's to take photos as the other rider was in a hurry to get back to his car , so he could set up camp. Chutes and ladders, 18rd Mountain bike ride, Fruita - Click to Enlarge
Chutes and ladders, 18rd Mountain bike ride, Fruita - Click to Enlarge 18Rd Trails at Dusk, Fruita, Colorado - MTB Ride - Click to Enlarge 18Rd Trails at Dusk, Fruita, Colorado - MTB Ride - Click to Enlarge
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18Rd Trails at Dusk, Fruita, Colorado - MTB Ride - Click to Enlarge Back at the car park I put my lights on my bike and helmet and then set off up 18 road to go and ride Front side to to Zipperty do da. 18Rd Trails at Dusk, Fruita, Colorado - MTB Ride - Click to Enlarge
Zipperty do da (mountain bike night ride), 18rd trails - Click to Enlarge Zipperty do da (mountain bike night ride), 18rd trails - Click to Enlarge Zipperty do da (mountain bike night ride), 18rd trails - Click to Enlarge
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Zipperty do da (mountain bike night ride), 18rd trails - Click to Enlarge Riding down Zipperty in the dark was very different to doing it in the day. It was an amazing clear night and you could clearly see the Milky way. Zipperty do da (mountain bike night ride), 18rd trails - Click to Enlarge
Zipperty do da (mountain bike night ride), 18rd trails - Click to Enlarge Zipperty do da (mountain bike night ride), 18rd trails - Click to Enlarge Zipperty do da (mountain bike night ride), 18rd trails - Click to Enlarge
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18rd Trails Night ride, Fruita - Mountain Bike - Click to Enlarge I cut across to Joe's cut and rode back up 18 road and then down Kessel Run, which was great in the dark with all its little ups and downs and bearmed corners. The I rode back up and went down Joe's Ridge. 18rd Trails Night ride, Fruita - Mountain Bike - Click to Enlarge
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18rd Trails Night ride, Fruita - Mountain Bike - Click to Enlarge I got very spooked riding along joe's ridge when I saw what looked like a juvenile cougar running across the trail in front of me, so I speeded up and decided to head back for the car, in case there was bigger cat out there looking for dinner. After packing up my bike I felt safe in the car park so did some start gazing. In total I'd ridden about 17 miles on the 18 road trails. 18rd Trails Night ride, Fruita - Mountain Bike - Click to Enlarge
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  I drove back to Grand Junction, as it was late i went to a Safeway and bought my self some salad and other stuff and ate in my room. Before going to bed. Dinner - Click to Enlarge

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