“The Road goes ever on and onDown from the door where it began.Now far ahead the Road has gone,And I must follow, if I can,Pursuing it with eager feet,Until it joins some larger wayWhere many paths and errands meet.And whither then? I cannot say.”
Yup. The quote is from Lord of the Rings. Awesome stuff that is.
And true. I spent the morning in church, but the early afternoon out on a road bike road- taking a circuitous 20-mile route with Sue. We took the Riverfront trail most of the way, and I was reminded of what a great trail resource this ribbon of concrete is in our community. Seriously so cool.
When I got home, Dennis left to ride his mountain bike at 18 road, so I took kids in the Jeep. I asked them which direction they wanted; they couldn’t decide. Silly. So we headed North, into the North Fruita Desert and the Bookcliffs.
There was a road on the map, 25 road, that goes straight from town to the Bookcliffs, and culminates on the maps with a short hiking trail toward the upper reaches of the geologic uplift. I decided we needed to explore. How far up could our Jeep really go? How long and steep was the hike trail? What other modes of travel would work well for these trails?
Answers: pretty far, but not all the way through; not steep to begin with, just winds up the canyon, then switchbacks and climbs very steeply to the front-side; there were moto and mtb tracks in the softer mud, but I think Jeep and Hike were the best options.
The kids had a great time. I can’t express how proud I am of them. They are quite the little hikers, and so observant- though each had a different focus. It’s so fun to watch how they explore.
We started in the warmth and sun, but became cold in the shadows on the hike down. It was well worth it.