“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,
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.
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.
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.