Night riding the Ceran St Vrain

Last night I made my 1st ever pilgrimage to Lyons, Colorado. Though I have 5 bike shops within a 15 minute drive of my place and Lyons is a hour drive, I understand that Dave over at Redstone Cyclery in Lyons is the best wheel builder in the area and he's just a cool guy I want to give my business to.

Definitely a work of art

New Alfine/Stans Flow 29er rear wheel

After finishing up with Dave it was just after 6:30pm and though Hall Ranch and Picture Rock....rock as trails...I wanted something a little different. Besides those trails close at dusk being county owned trails and I wanted National Forest, Wilderness...some orienteering if you will.

I knew the Ceran St Vrain trailhead was up off Left Hand Canyon past Jamestown but I saw on the map that I could also drive past Picture Rock. Even before I could ask Dave about it, he heard my intended trail to ride and directed me right to Raymond, Colorado. Thanks Dave!

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Raymond is one of those cool little forks in the road that goes back to a time forgotten and its a place I can dig. Dave let me know the entrance to FS 252 would be hard to find, looks like a driveway he said and he was right.

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oh yeah, on the right track

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and so I began to climb

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and climb

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with some sweet views in the distance(Long's Peak?) Late Edit: found out this is Meekers...Its hiding Longs Peak which is a little further East.

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The confluence of discombobulation..I took the far right and rode up to Miller Rock

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another view

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a few turns through the woods on unmarked though legit trails and I ended up here and knew I was on the right track

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Beyond was some good riding

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funny how I made my way through all the rough stuff and come to this when the trail becomes buff

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Crossing of the St Vrain

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lighting was getting funky

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Jamestown end trailhead

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Crawling through tree tunnels...about a half a dozen or so down on the trail

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Looking back the way I came

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The bridge over the Middle St Vrain in Raymond

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a pilgrimage can't be made to Lyons without hitting Oscar Blues...to be honest I tried to hit Cilantro Mary's 1st but they had closed 5 minutes before I got to back to town

Oskar Blues

a well deserved treat

Oskar Blues Old Chub

5 comments:

  Luis G.

May 15, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Sweet! How much does that wheel weigh?

  ExtrmTao

May 15, 2009 at 2:31 PM

A great beer in a great mug!! Saahhhweeetttahhhhh.

  Karlos

May 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Same question, talk turkey, whats the damage.

O, super sweet ride.

  The Vegan Vagabond

May 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Love the pictures!
Glad to see ya back online.

Looks like we need to come out to Colorado now. Beautiful!!!

  Kevin aka. PBR

May 15, 2009 at 9:25 PM

All that and you missed one killer t.i.t.s. ride!! ;)