Although our summer has been 100% jam packed, we were able to squeeze in a small 4 day getaway with our good friends in Crested Butte. I honestly can't think of a better way to spend my one and only vacation of the year! After an effortless drive through the mountains and over Cottonwood Pass on Thursday afternoon, we geared up and did our first ride of the trip - Snodgrass. It's short and sweet but left everyone excited for the weekend's festivities.
Crested Butte is a fun and quaint little town that has great people watching and fun shops to visit. We ate dinner at the Brick Oven then headed home for a big day on Friday. Tom was in charge of breakfast and made everyone some mmmm good pancakes. I'm pretty sure he got batter just about everywhere in the house and on himself as well but it was well worth the laugh. After a short drive in Bobby's Rocky Mounts van, we began the infamous Doctor Park ride.
The first part of the ride was on a paved road that quickly turned to dirt and climbed for 9 miles up to 10,000 ft.
After this really fun creek crossing (where Bobby fell in and Robert snapped his chain), we had a very steep 3 miles to the top of the mountain!
Since Robert had to fix his chain, we took the opportunity to get some good photos and eat a quick snack :)
The climb was tough but well worth it as the views from 11,000ft are pretty spectacular!
This was the beginning of the wicked awesome 3000ft descent! It was a combination of steep rocky trail with fast and flowy singletrack through trees. Bryce got me an early birthday present which I still need to write about but I have to say that a remote dropper post is the absolute coolest thing EVER! After a quick lunch downtown, Tony, Bryce and myself got right back at it and rode our dirt bikes on the Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman loop. 3hrs on the mountain bikes followed by a 3 hour moto ride...ahhhh, the life :)