Every spring the snow disappears and I get to start riding trails that were unavailable for the last few months. But with the new trails comes a large amount of weekend warriors. They slowly meander up and down the trails enjoying all that the Denver Front Range has to offer…. and I can’t blame them. After a couple of months of freezing (and sub-freezing) temperatures, 70 degrees feels like a dream come true. The hardest part of the equation is to figure out which one of the multiple dozen open spaces and trail networks do you want to venture to.
It only takes a couple of rides to realize that the warm weather has drawn out the crowds, and unfortunately the crowds force me to unrelentingly squeeze my brakes into a pace that would match Helen Keller working on a jigsaw puzzle. But alas… there is hope!
I decided to use the 50 degree (estimated) weather at 6 AM in the morning to go riding. I woke up tired, got ready, and headed out. I drove to Deer Creek Canyon and found the most beautiful site – an empty parking lot! After two complete laps on the Red Mesa loop and a an uninterrupted downhill I owe a special thank you to the morning sun. No longer will have to choose my trail destination by guestimating how many people would be at the trail head. It’s not that I am anti-social, but I am speed driven.
So I guess thank you Helios – you have once again brought a smile to my face. And to all TTR members, come join me for a ride in the morning. Even if 20 people show up, it will be a far less than 2 PM at Lair O’ The Bear on a Saturday!