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Elisa Jones and Matt Janson hiking light lunch grand junction, colorado

Showing Matt Around the Loops

“In Ireland, you go to someone’s house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you’re really just fine. She asks if you’re sure. You say of course you’re sure, really, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don’t need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn’t mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it’s no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don’t get any damned tea.

I liked the Irish way better.”
C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman

I know the Lunch Loops quite well. I’ve either ridden or hiked or ridden AND hiked every trail. Usually more than once- and for me, it only takes once.

Matt on the other hand has held off on getting to know my old stopping grounds. He’s joined me for a run there a time or two but other than that…no.

It’s an intimidation thing, you understand.

Well I insisted that since it was Sunday after all, let’s put down the paint things, the trowels, and forget that we still have 1.5 million boxes to unpack and fuck it, let’s hit the trail!

We started by the upper-upper (but not upper-upper-upper) Gunny Loop parking pull-out where there’s a sign if you attempt to descend from there down the Tabeguache you’ll see that indicates NO ELECTRIC BIKES…with the 1.5 million reasons why, courtesy of the Grand Junction BLM field office (love those guys, seriously).

We took little to no regard and hiked ourselves up up up Lunch Line to a stack of conglomerate rocks I have affectionately called “The Eagle’s Nest”.

The view from there was…breathtaking.

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If you click on and zoom in really closely, you will see the San Juan mountain range…with our beloved Mt. Sneffels poking his head up.

Kid you not.

From there we hiked the only way we could: down…


Looking down toward Echo Canyon and across toward Serpent’s Trail and, of course, No Thoroughfare.


Obligatory selfie.

We took Eagles Wing> Connector > Holy Cross > Prenup> Tabeguache and back to the car.

Here’s what’s amazing: ever since I started to trail run 5 or 6 years ago now, I couldn’t see much purpose in hiking.

It’s taken lots of trail time with Matt to teach me that when you run, all you see is the trail…

When you hike, you can see everything.

Lunch Loop mountain biking


“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.” 
― Edward WhymperScrambles Amongst the Alps

I wanted a good, hard workout today. Thus I invited my buddy, Tim, to ride. He’s rad, and a machine on the bike. We started out at the Lunch Loop parking lot and decided to go one way: up. We climbed Pet-e-kes, Tabeguache, Eagle’s Wing….until we were at the top and could look down to Andy’s.

So, we went down from there. Down Lunch Line. Down Prenup. Down Tabeguache… It was a very fun ride. IMG_1286 IMG_1290 IMG_1291

singletrack and skinny tire sisters

Controversy Absolved Through Education

“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
“And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.”
“And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is wilfully to misunderstand them.”
― Jane AustenPride and Prejudice

Today we took a little hike with a group of Grand Valley Trails Alliance representatives and members of the BLM. We looked over proposed routes for a full-size motorized stretch of trail that would connect the Tabeguache from Bangs Canyon to Highway 141.

That evening I joined the girls for a ride up the Tabeguache and down full Eagle. I figured if Sara could do it so soon after White Rim, so could I! How could I forget that she is far more badass than I?GELATT_1072cn IMG_8736 IMG_8741 IMG_8743 IMG_8745 IMG_8747 IMG_8761 IMG_8763 IMG_8765 IMG_8773 IMG_8774e