MOUNTAIN BIKING the COLORADO TRAIL

Wondering what Porter’s been doing while waiting for the Colorado snowpack to melt, so we can complete that section of the Continental Divide Trail impassable last May? He’s been mountain biking segments of the Colorado Trail between the Denver area and the CDT. 
Here he is about to bike down the rabbit hole of Segment 2 at South Platte Canyon.


This hot unshaded segment shows the effects of the 1996 Buffalo Creek Fire, more than 12,000 acres of burned trees.


Porter describes the challenges of Segment 2 in this video.


Amber can’t bring herself to watch.


He made it safely to Little Scraggy Trailhead, where Amber and I met him, then dropped him off a week later to bike Segment 3.


Porter is rapidly developing his mountain biking skills, so has no trouble pushing his bike up challenging terrain.



Amber and I spent much of the day hiking part of Segment 3 in and out again, so we were there to greet Porter at Rolling Creek Trailhead.


 

MOAB TO HIKE AND BIKE

Our latest adventure took us to Moab, Utah to bike on our tandem and hike the canyons and mesas of its spectacular red rock landscape.  Gail and Porter bike the Moab Canyon Pathway past Arches National Park


On our hike of Great Pyramid Loop at Dead Horse Point Park, Porter contemplates the importance of lunch.


Gail at Landscape Arch.  Arches National Park has more than 2,000 arches, natural bridges formed by running water but gradually deconstructing due to gravity and erosion.


Amber exhausted herself studying so many biking and hiking maps that she opted to stay in bed instead.


As it turned out, she’d made a wise decision. We got caught in snow and sleet while climbing slickrock.

 

TANDEM BIKE TRIP: Overnight to Lyons, CO

In between snowstorms here in Boulder, we’ve been stepping up our bicycling trips on “Hot Rod,” our new carbon fiber Calfee tandem. I’ve risen to what Porter calls our “Chocolate Croissant Challenge,” a trip in sometimes sub-freezing weather to a coffee shop in a neighboring town. In no time we were ready for our first overnight of the season–to Lyons, Colorado to hear our friend Gary Koenig play in a bluegrass jam at Oskar Blues!

tandem biking to LyonsPorter and Gail with “Hot Rod” on way from Boulder to Lyons, Colorado


Gary is much admired for his playing of the Dobro, by his fans and friends, fabulous wife Peggy, and musicians jamming on guitars, mandolins, banjos, violins, and bass.


Gary Koenig on Dobro, with fans at Oskar Blues


Amber not only belts out the bluegrass songs with the musicians, but insists that Gary teach her how to play the Dobro.


Gary Koenig teaches Amber to play the Dobro


After a rowdy night of bluegrass music and adult beverages, Porter and I stay overnight at the cozy Aspen Leaf Motel, right out of the Fifties, complete with turquoise refrigerator, dinette set, and picture wall calendar. We pedal home the following morning.


Gail and Porter ready to ride Hot Rod home from Aspen Leaf Motel

The Making of a Thru-hiker, Part 2: How Not to Train

My second post for “The Making of a Thru-Hiker” column (in Women’s Adventure Magazine): Tips on how NOT to train for a long-distance hike!

Gail, Porter, and Philip on the Appalachian Trail

Gail, Porter, & Philip on Appalachian Trail

I thought I was dead. Supine in front of an altar, looking up at the vaulted ceiling, I felt like someone in a casket. My husband, Porter, stood over me. “Time to get up and hit the road,” he said.

We’d spent the night in the sanctuary of a church in a sparsely populated village in Virginia. They offered overnight refuge to long-distance bicyclists like us. Swaddled in my sleeping bag, I wasn’t dead….

To read the rest of the article, visit Women’s Adventure Magazine:

http://www.womensadventuremagazine.com/hikingbackpacking/the-making-of-a-thru-hiker-part-2/

 

Happy Holidays from Gail and Porter Storey

Happy New Year, and let us know in the Comments how your 2010 was!