Day 6 -Kokopelli Trails & The Ribbon MTB Rides (GJ / Fruita)

Kokopelli Trails -> Marys -> Horsethief Bench -> Steves -> Marys MTB Ride / Lunch Loops -> The Ribbon MTB Ride  

I decided to do the Flight of the Icarus ride, so I plotted the co-ordinates for the start of the ride in my GPS and set off to the trail head at the top of Douglass pass. Unfortunately for me I had forgotten to bring any maps with me !!!, and there was no way I was going to try to guess the way down from the highpoint of 8000 ft. As it was almost mid-day anyway I decided to drive to the Loma car lot, and re-ride some of the Kokopelli trails.

Kokopelli trails - Click to Enlarge I Parked and then set off on Mary's Loop, It was really Hot about 85f with no wind. I rode up to Horse Thief bench loop and then went down to Horse Thief Bench. Kokopelli trails - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli trails - Click to Enlarge Even though it was baking hot, I still enjoyed the trail and second time around I knew the best lines to take on the trail. Kokopelli trails - Click to Enlarge
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Click to Enlarge I then continued to ride along Mary's and then rode Steve's Loop, and then rode back along Mary's to the car , as I was feeling quite tired in the heat, and didn't feel up to doing a very long ride like I did a couple of days ago.
Click to Enlarge I headed back to Grand Junction , and stopped at the natural ice cream shop next to the REI, and bought a really Good cinnamon Malt. I then drove up to the Lunch Loops intending to ride the lemon squeezer trail. When I arrived at the car lot , I bumped into Mike from Edge Sports and he kindly invited me to do a shuttle ride of the Ribbon with him and two other visitors Bobby and Peter. Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge Going down the Ribbon trail with company made a big difference, with other people to race down the slick rock sections they were much more fun. Also not having to ride up it made it a better trail, as I was not as tired. Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge The temperature was much better than earlier in the day, and the sun was not that harsh as it was starting to set. I discovered that the previous day I had almost rode all the way to the top of the ribbon as we came to the Bowl. Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge Mike Tried to show us the right way to ride the Bowl, but he was riding his new Salsa 29'er and was not used to how it rode so was unable to clear the bowl. I just walked it from the very start. Click to Enlarge
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Click to Enlarge We finished the Ribbon trail which was so much better to ride with a group of people, and headed up Andy's Trail Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge It suddenly got very dark as we hit Eagles Trail, and my chain decided to get in between the spokes and my rear cassette. We fixed this and headed on to the Eagles loop trail. Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge The trail was much harder to ride in the twilight, but it was great fun. Click to Enlarge
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We got back to the car lot, and then Bobby of Salsa Kindly gave me a Salsa T-Shirt to remember the ride by, we then said our goodbyes and me and Mike drove on up to get his truck. I nearly ran out of gas on the way up, so I had to coast back down the hill with Mike behind in case I ran out gas. We got to a garage without running out of gas,and Mike zoomed off to go to the Fat Tire festival drinks evening.

As it was my last day in Fruita I decided to head over to 18 road to get one last ride in, and do a real night ride, when I got there it was very windy, but not that cold. I rode up Prime Cut, along to Joe's Ridge and then down Joe's , and back along Kessel. The only hazards i encountered where these cute gerbil like animals with long busy tails which kept on getting in the way on the trail.

It was pretty incredible riding at night as there were so many starts showing in the sky, way more than you see in England.

I then headed back to my hotel getting there at mid-night, having ridden around 25 miles that day.