ALL photo credits go to ed, darling;-)
brilliant weekend. massive and completely solitary hike on saturday, and a new mtbAdventure on sunday.
the good news is: power. ;-0 yummy. i can feel my legs feeling strong and they want to go and go and go. and it's been SO long since i've felt that.
we would return to this spot in a different, thoroughly winter-ized light
saturday's hike found ed and i power-traipsing through the national forest and wilderness areas we have been exploring for the past few weekends. we went up hill a LOT, and it felt smooth and dynamic getting into the rhythm of stepping UP and up and up, breathing deeply in and out, clamoring my way into the ominous, massive snow storm. true to our adventurous spirits and intentions, we found 'another' way back to the trail that would eventually lead us home and had fun in some wildly untouched nature. the best part of that section was the snow storm that started to absolutely dump massive amounts of wet, heavy snow!!! it was thick and i could hear it pelt the already existing snowy ground. it was powerful, and lovely in a serenely spooky sense. oddly, i felt right at home picking my way down the fall line, along the stream, over the endless dead-fall, ice and weighed-down grass. i need to be out in the middle of nowhere, working hard for (and being) the magic far more often. i felt alive and present and full of bright, deep energy .... i miss those places. time for more.
beginning the very satisfying ascent into a very solitary and inspiring forest
so one unexpected treat this weekend was getting to ride steves VooDoo Kitty: 1x9 29'er!!!!!!! I have NewMtbBliss!!! what a outright brilliant ride. i loved the gearing, and i loved the larger wheels!!! i felt like i was flying. we started at around 28 degrees, and i was layered in all kinds of fuzzy coziness. it warmed up to about 35, and in the climbing madness i was able to shed layers and feel winter brush my skin. (i kept thinking about the girls down south riding -- in SHORTs and tans... and thought they should come up for a visit and ride in the icy, snowy, brilliant colorado winter;-)
the voodookitty majik numbers 1x9 9er
i had expected to feel wasted tired from the previous days hike. i was wrong. the first hill appeared and i was being pulled up the hill on some kind of magic thread -- and the day did not disappoint at all. the sun was low and bright and steve and ed and i rolled thru buffalo creek hoot'n and holler'n and making merry bliss in december.
just after the little mis-hap ... right into another drainage;-)
i will admit one rather major little foible: i hit a rather poorly placed patch of ice right in the middle of my blissing out in how far i could lay the 9er voodookitty over in the corners. DOH! immediately after bending one arm backwards and slamming my knee into something sharp and hard as a rock (duh), i started sort of screaming. it HURT -- it hurt more than i can remember being hurt falling on my bike ever really before and i was terrified that i had in fact broken my arm. no worries tho! bruised knee and funky elbow and i was giggling within 10 minutes and laying the voodookitty over in the next available set of corners. ohhhyeah. i get it now;-)
steve and ed and i returned to steves place for a brilliant thanksgiving dinner!! OMG, steve -- you lucky dawg! thank beautiful wendy for me, will you!?!!?
in other news....oh wait. there is no other real news ;-) i keep dreaming about all the people in blogger land i'm debating posting my dreams just for the pure entertainment value of it....