The morning was casual. We woke up around 7ish and enjoyed coffee with our usual breakfast for ride days. We were casual about the morning due to possible rain in the area. Luckily the weather never turned for the worse and the sun remained.
We loaded our gear and drove an exhausting ten minutes to the Kokopelli trail head. The trail head is located in the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area.
|Our guides sitting down on the job|
We planned on riding Mary's Loop and Horsethief. We could add on other sections depending on how we felt.
The route took us out of the parking area, up a dirt road and over a ridge. Mary's Loop broke to our right as we headed down the backside of the ridge.
Mary's had a little climb in the beginning, but leveled out to nice flowing double-track with insane views.
|Bikes leaning on rocks instead of trees since there are really no trees|
|On Mary's overlooking Colorado River|
|Sandy working her way down the bench|
|Bike leaning on another rock at bottom of warm bench|
Yes, you guessed it. We had to climb back up the warm bench to re-connect with Mary's Loop. Must admit it was a little easier climbing up.
We continued on Mary's Loop and worked our way back to the trailhead.
At this point we were toast. It was getting too hot and clouds were building in the distance.
Our two guides were still sitting down when we arrived back to the car. Evidently it was too hot for those two dogs as well.
What a great day riding with Sandy! The pics do no justice. Incredible!