jenhudak Day 5: Graham Ranch to Gateway Hut

Today was a welcome and wonderful gift. We got to descend over 5,000' and only had climb about 2000. Total mileage was just shy of 30. We arrived in the town of Gateway, Colorado near Colorado National Monument. It felt strange to be near civilization again, but a pint of ice cream from the gas station was necessary. Red towering rocks surround our hut today and though a healthy river flows by the base of it, we have most certainly arrived in the desert. It was a rainy muddy ride for a brief period earlier in the day so the 8 of us took a little swim and cleaned the dirt from our bodies. Our dinner was a hearty quinoa, chicken, green bean, tomato and cheese concoction (the art of cooking from cans) and when we were done Micah took us through yoga as the sun went down. Laying on my back, a shooting star flew across the sky and moments later fireworks started across the river. Magical doesn't even do the evening justice. | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling @playhardgiveback @lmlightlife @ergonbike @lezyne @chamoisbuttr | #provenhere #ridedriven #ergonbike #lezynelife #mtb #mtbtour #sanjuanhuts #mountains #landscape #soggychamoistour
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jenhudak Day 4: Columbine to Graham Ranch Hut (July 4)

We started out with a steady 9 mile dirt road climb this morning that opened up on a beautiful mesa after we worked our way out of the aspen groves. The San Juans have begun to fade into the distance as the La Sals become more and more prominent. Today's adventure would take us to Atkinson Bench, essentially cow trails that more or less paralleled the road. Before dropping down into them a local rancher, Weimer, told us what we were about to do was just nuts, since it takes him 4.5 hrs on ATV! Venturing to such terrain meant no marked trail and had us off our bikes hiking up and over dozens of down trees before realizing we had missed a turn. Eventually we found our way and the last 9 miles of single track were pretty flowy and fun. Today's riding had some of the nicest views from the road and you can tell that we're moving away from high alpine and entering a mountain desert climate. Another 47 miles and 3600' of vert gained. Though my back is adapting to having this 22 lb pack on, my legs are definitely feeling the efforts. | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling @lezyneusa @chamoisbuttr @playhardgiveback | #provenhere #ridedriven #sb95c #gowhereyoudontbelong #mtb #mtbtour #sanjuanhuts #mountains #landscape #soggychamoistour #lezynelife #buttrmakesitbetter
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jenhudak Day 3: Spring Creek to Columbine Hut

We chose to deviate from the 34 mile standard route today, which consisted mostly of dirt road riding through Aspen tree forests, by riding conjoining sections of single track. During the middle section called Buck Trail, we got caught in a bit of a rainstorm, but were able to take shelter under some trees. The 20 minute delay wasn't too taxing, but we opted out of the final piece of single track due to low water and fuel supplies. When we made the final turn onto road 402, we were greeted by fresh skies, green pastures and a lot of cows. Finished with 47 miles and 4K vertical under the belt once we arrived at Columbine. | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling @playhardgiveback | #ridedriven #sb95c #gowhereyoudontbelong #mtb #mtbtour #sanjuanhuts #mountains #landscape #soggychamoistour #nature
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jenhudak Day 2: Last Dollar to Spring Creek Hut
Today provided a nice break from steep climbs as we travelled country dirt roads through open farm land and worked our way toward the La Sals. Fields of sunflowers escorted us along, frequent breaks and coasting games kept us all smiling. Still covering 29 miles and 3300' of climbing, we were delighted to arrive at our tree nestled Spring Creek Hut. The nearby single track awaiting us for day 3 lured 4 members in for a sunset ride as the rest of us stayed "home," played cards and prepared dinner for their return. We're rested up and ready for a big day 3! | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling @playhardgiveback | #provenhere #sb95c #gowhereyoudontbelong #mtb #mtbtour #sanjaunhuts #mountains #landscape #soggychamoistour
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jenhudak This was the #sunset on our final approach to the hut last night. Our day ended up being longer and bigger than any of us expected. Had some good crashes and some broken bike parts, but nothing to stop out crew. Stats ended up being 42 miles with 8000' of climbing. Just had a great breakfast and we're headed out for day two's 27 miles of riding through the #SanJuans. | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling @playhardgiveback | #landscape #mountains #mountainbiking #sanjuanhuts #coloRADo #soggychamoistour 1w

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jenhudak Day 1 offered some spectacular views overlooking Telluride. Just shying 40 miles of riding with about 5500' of climbing today. Add 25 lb packs and riding at 11,000' elevation, we're feeling pretty well used! | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling @playhardgiveback | #mtb #selfguided #mtbtours #sanjuanhuts #coloRADo #mountains #landscape 1w

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jenhudak These two ladies and I are #mountainbiking from #Telluride to Moab starting tomorrow! Excited to are the #adventure with all of you! 2w

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jenhudak We're all trying to catch the last light of day as if it comes from a different and more precious sun. | #sunset #sanfrancisco #beach #goldengate #shotofashotofashot #lifeisbeautiful #california #sun #light 2w

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jenhudak "People miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it." William Feather | Enjoying reconnecting with old friends and making new ones on this trip to SF. | #sunset #goldengatebridge #california #ocean #beach #sand #sea 2w

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jenhudak I'm ready to be back in the desert... Telluride to Moab trip starts in ONE week! Just a little trip down memory lane from Captain Ahab trail in Moab two months ago. | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling @gopro | #provenhere #sb95c #gowhereyoudontbelong #mtb #desert #fun : Fancy by Iggy Izaela 2w

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jenhudak The west slabs of Olympus look pretty nice illuminated by the setting sun.

#landscape #mountains #hiking #utah #sunset #summertime
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jenhudak Got to ride the upper trails of Corner Canyon yesterday, the new dusting of snow on the high alpine made for quite a sight. It's pretty quiet back there, but I'm glad I found this nice guy to show me to the top of Jacob's Ladder. Not sure if I would have found it other wise. "Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb." Sir Winston Churchill.

@yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling @rockstarenergy | #ridedriven #sb95c #gowhereyoudontbelong #conqueryoureverest #mountains #nature #trails #spreadstoke #mtb
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jenhudak "There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture on the lonely shore, there is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more."
George Gordon Byron
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jenhudak "What is to give light must endure burning." -Victor Frankl
#Sunset over #SaltLakeCity
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jenhudak The first time I did this ride it took me 5 hours and I descended in the pitch black of night, because the sun had gone down an hour before we were done riding. This time it took a 2 hours and 6 minutes of moving time to complete, a mere 6 years later... Mountain biking has been such a blessing in my life, to have a steady learning curve again, to be taken back to my beginner's mind and experience the pure joy of doing a sport for the sake of adventure! And riding with people like @justin_reiter makes it all the more worth while. Thanks for getting me out yesterday for #NationalGetOutdoorsDay! | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling | #ridedriven #sb95c #gowhereyoudontbelong #mtb #mountains #landscape #utah #parkcity : Justin Reiter 4w

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jenhudak Happy Father's Day to this incredible man. The last 4 years have been quite a roller coaster, from battling leukemia, to surviving a stem cell transplant, to pushing past bladder and skin cancer, he has never stopped smiling (okay, maybe in short moments...). But the wisdom that my father has passed on has been priceless. Last month he shared some insights to his 130 graduating seniors at Yale University reminding them to "slow down." I think we could all use that reminder every now and again. (If you want to read more about the commencement speech, see the link in my profile.) Dad, I'm so glad you're still here with us, thank you for everything. I love you to the moon. 4w

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jenhudak Opening day @deervalleyresort bike park yesterday was a blast! Nice to get out with @spreadstoke and @steinlodge to get the dust off the DH wheels. Hope you all enjoy the weekend, get out and adventure in whatever endeavor brings your soul some joy! | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling | #ridedriven #sb95c #gowhereyoudontbelong #spreadstoke #mountains #utah #landscape #mtb 4w
  •   tuggywuggy Sound of music 4w
  •   wind_walker That looks great ! 4w
  •   alee1389 I wanna join ! @jenhudak 4w
  •   ibisrox Finally got the guitar I commissioned 72wks ago yesterday so NOW, I can focus my budget to riding season. It prevents that new MojoSL-R 650b (or a ripley) from joining me this year. So I'll see the sights thru your eyes for the time being :) 4w
  •   jimjames Thanks for the virtual nudge out the door! 4w
  •   mejiyoly Awsome 4w
  •   mpfrantz686 Awesome pic. 4w
  •   aysha_aljamahy Nice pic 3w

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jenhudak "You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." Woodrow Wilson 4w

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jenhudak My time here is coming to it's end. Thanks for the good times Bumble! | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling | #ridedriven #sb95c #gowhereyoudontbelong #mtb #mountains #redwoods #bumblethebike 1mon
  •   rachaelryn Bumble bee, bumble bee, bumble bee, bumble bumble bumble bee ama be BUMBLE BEEEEEE! 4w
  •   angievagas13 Awesome 4w
  •   angievagas13 Ooh my gosh..fro.toe.have a new toy..better watch it. Lord of the rings. Getting modern... 4w
  •   mrttlk Super:-) 4w
  •   smiley_rileyyyyyy I'm curious how you have such a great life going to all these wonderful places all the time. What do you do for a living that affords 4w
  •   smiley_rileyyyyyy You with this ability 4w
  •   spreadstoke Trailside date this week? 4w
  •   jenhudak @spreadstoke yes!! 4w

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jenhudak Somehow @skiingrogge and I ended up on bikes in this hidden forest in the middle of a city in California... Much like the discomfort that is initially felt upon changing directions in life, riding new trails is an interesting process- it gets more and more rewarding as the ride continues and you learn where you are, what the terrain has to offer and how best to ride it. There's so much out there, go get uncomfortable for a bit and see where it takes you. | @yeticycles @ua_action @girocycling |#mtb #nature #forest #trees #ridedriven #gowhereyoudontbelong 1mon

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