Elisa Jones mountain biking lunch loop grand junction

Friends= a really great invention

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

Seriously. What a couple great trail experiences I had today. It started with meeting Sara out at the Rustler TH. It just so happened Sierra was there at the same time, same place, un pre-arranged. I hadn’t met Sienna in person, but had seen enough picture of her on our mutual-friend-social-media-pages-and-what-not that I knew who she was. It’s always nice to meet peeps in-person. Makes life feel more real I think.

Side-note: I’m actually making a list of people who are my social-media “friends” that I really look forward to meeting. A couple of them I might actually make the effort for! If I ever get up the nerve…

Okay, so we did a little ride around Rustler’s loop- fast and fun. Sara and I had done our two-day fat bike ride together, but that’s not a valid gauge of actual technical riding ability.  Sara was probably taking it easy on me today since I know her to be a far more experienced rider, and we kept a relatively equal pace today. And can I just say that she is also just a fun person to be around? I drove home this morning thinking how very lucky I am.

After our ride, Sara and I met Kristina at Aspen Street in Fruita for a little chat about business. Seriously, these women just blow me away. They are so brilliant, talented, and bad-ass on the bike. Good company, right?

Picked Connor up from school, hit the work desk for a bit. Had pre-arranged to meet Rachel for a kid hike at 1, recruited Haley to join us. Decided on No Thoroughfare up to the first pool since we knew the kids would have fun on the ice and the waterfall would be some kind of awesome ice sculpture.

Rachel is almost 36 weeks pregnant, so of course we had some fun talk about labor and delivery. It’s funny how the three of us are connected. Rachel and Haley’s kids share a preschool class, and my son and Rachel’s other son are in the same kindergarten class, and Haley is my neighbor across the street and Rachel attends the same church as me. Also, these two are relaxing for me to be around. I enjoy just listening to them.

It was the kids that made this little journey extra fun. Isaac fell into a cactus patch about .25 miles in. We had fun (well, I did) picking the cactus spines out of his skin and clothes. I love watching kids on the trail. How they react to the things of nature: picking up bits of fur and wondering if it’s from a deer or a rabbit; getting nose-to-nose with the surface hoar then watching it melt on their finger before they lick it off and taste the cold; never walking in a straight line because who can when there are so many rocks to climb on and jump off of?

Asher fell on the ice and cut his hand. And guess what!?! I had my first aid kit! Thanks to Bicycle Outfitters! The bandaid made it all better. We held hands most of the way out (when I wasn’t carrying him on my shoulders). One more reminder of why I like to be prepared, both with equipment and fitness.

So there was my day- almost entirely. A pretty good one, right?

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Sara, Me, Sierra
Sara, Me, Sierra
Sara and Sienna, laughing.
Sara and Sienna, laughing.
4 kiddos
4 kiddos
I ♥ No Thoroughfare
I ♥ No Thoroughfare
Rachel and Haley coming up the trail. Can't even tell she's prego, right?
Rachel and Haley coming up the trail. Can’t even tell she’s prego, right?
Kids at the frozen first pool. This is their "funny faces" pose.
Kids at the frozen first pool. This is their “funny faces” pose.
Me, Rachel, Haley
Me, Rachel, Haley

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