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Old 08-10-2014, 11:30 AM
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I missed the last few runs up Argentine so I'm headed there today (Sunday, 8/10/14). I'll be leaving from Evergreen by 11:00. I still don't have the CB connected but that won't stop me from running. If you care to join me, I'm at 720/539-4799. I'll be in a green FZJ80.


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Old 08-10-2014, 09:53 PM
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So I went. It was quite cool on the trail (notwithstanding the fact that the 80 seemed like it was going to overheat. That's a troublesome thing I'll have to sort out.) I got into some early afternoon rain/hail before I got to Santiago mine so I turned back and headed down for the time being, just in case it either got worse or didn't get better. It gave me a chance to explore the lower sections of FS 248.1B (the "tougher" of the trails; I think this is the way the club went a few weeks ago). This gave me a chance to use 4-lo, so I can at least tell Nakman that I was in low gear this month. (Didn't have to use lockers, unfortunately. )

When the skies cleared a bit I headed back up to Santiago, and then made the hairpin right to head up McClellan Mountain. Fewer and fewer other vehicles as I neared the summit, but found loads of beautiful summer color! The wildflowers were gorgeous, especially cast against the gray skies. Snapped a cool little guy chilling in the rocks. (See pika, below.)

The clouds started building again near the summit of McClellan, so I didn't tarry. Fortunately there hadn't been any thunder or lightning for the better part of an hour so I snapped a few pictures of the splendor below me and then headed back down.

When possible I diverted back to 248.1B for a little more of a challenge, a little water, and fewer vehicles. There were a few folks camping but otherwise I had the trail to myself. I had some intermittent sprinkles but besides that, nothing but the landscape to distract me. I did see an abandoned campfire near the "hangman's tree" up from Santiago. Some morons had left a few signs of their party so I broke out the trash bag and helped out a little.

Rather than queue up on I-70 to head back east I went up and over Guanella. Again, something about the dark skies seemed to make the landscape even more dramatic than usual. I paused for a moment at the summit to let soak in just how fortunate I am to live in the Rockies.

What a great day!



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T4R coming down the hill. I flagged him down and gave a plug for the Rising Sun. Promised him I'd post up this picture and told him to come check out the forum and club!








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Old 08-10-2014, 09:56 PM
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Cool little pika


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Old 08-10-2014, 09:59 PM
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Into the clouds! I took this picture actually looking down on the rig from the summit of McClellan Mountain. Nowhere to go but down!


Heading back down the mountain...




Almost back down


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Old 08-10-2014, 10:11 PM
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Great pics! Wish I would have check this early this today.
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Very cool!
Glad you had a good run.

We had very similar weather in Winter Park on Saturday and Sunday.
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Sweet! I need to check that trail out soon.
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