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No Thoroughfare Trail Colorado National Monument

Sunrise Shift

“The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.” 
― Poppy Z. Brite

Melinda and I hit it early today so that our husbands could go out later. Upon arrival at the parking lot, there was this man sleeping on the ground by his car. It gave me some ideas for providing a place for people to stay that’s not in the parking lot.

We had a fun climb up Pet-e-kes, crossed over to Miramonte Rim, rode it both counter-clockwise, then clock-wise. Both ways are super fun! We even had some fun working on climbing up some of the ledges- they had been easily manageable for us before, but after all the rain recently they’ve been rather washed out, offering us some challenges.

Melinda’s always nice to chat with so all in all, it was a good ride. I told Dennis I’d be home before he was to leave for a SAR training at 9. I know what you’re thinking: I’m an awesome wife. Well, it’s true.

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Dennis Jones

Old Kiln Explore and A Short Date Night

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” 
― André Gide

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” 
― Henry David ThoreauWalden: Or, Life in the Woods

I’ll keep the discussion short today- but I got two trails in. The first, I took the kids up to Old Kiln trail to play and explore, maybe finding an option for how to connect it to the Ribbon. There are some issues and I think I need more time to check out the area, but I’m sure it can be done.

The view from up there is so cool. You can see the San Juans if you know where to look.

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When Dennis got home he really wanted to go for a ride. With me. For some reason, I don’t know. So we did.

We ended up doing a short, unusual loop. Up Pet-e-kes, then cut over to Moto, up Lemon Squeezer, down Tab to High Noon, then over to Eagle’s Tail. So fun!

I got some sweet pics of Dennis.

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Ride, then Run

“Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run.” 
― Lauren OliverDelirium

I’ve started getting up at 5am, like I used to do. I get up and I go to the gym and I spin or swim or do strength training, or run. So I was already a little tired today when I hit the trail.

Dave, due to surgery, is not in riding-bikes shape yet. We  had a meeting coming up this evening so we decided to meet for a run and discuss the plan and any final details.

Since he had another meeting before he could get out to the Lunch Loop, I brought my bike and did a little 1-hour solo ride before our run. So…I was, again, tired. I was thinking maybe another 30 minutes for a run, then rest the rest of the day.

This was not to be. Dave pushed me for another hour, at least. I lost track. By the time we headed back to the TH I was almost so weary I was tripping over my feet. But it was worth it. We got ready for the meeting, we took trail pictures for Picmap, and even met up with the Hilltop Trail Crew, the leader of whom was to be our facilitator for tonight’s meeting. I took pictures and was able to give them kudos on social media.

(Later: it hit 8pm and I was too tired to function. This was a problem as I was still mid-meeting. Note to self! Next time you have to play Board Chairman- REST!)IMG_0924 IMG_0937 IMG_0938 IMG_0940