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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 Loops trails grand junction, colorado


“Have you thought of an ending?”
“Yes, several, and all are dark and unpleasant.”
“Oh, that won’t do! Books ought to have good endings. How would this do: and they all settled down and lived together happily ever after?”
“It will do well, if it ever came to that.”
“Ah! And where will they live? That’s what I often wonder.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

The plan was to do a run at the Lunch Loops. Only 4 miles or so- my standard fare. But I couldn’t make it 1/4 mile before my body made it clear that the exertions of yesterday made it too much to expect two miles today.

So I stopped running.

Instead, I walked. And I thought to myself. I’m now counting down the days until this little project can be completed- wrapped up, and tied with a little bow as a 35th birthday present to myself. I feel that I’m coming to the end of a great adventure. It is both an ache and a thrill.

I took some pictures;

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I came up with some good ideas, and tried not to beat myself up too much.

Took a couple more pictures:

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While hiking down Pet, I found this cool rock:




Okay, IMG_2078Not a super good picture of it,  but it’s basically this perfectly round sphere embedded in a sandstone disk. I thought it was super cool and wished I could share it with someone! If only I knew someone who cared about cool rocks! I miss Wendy.

As I cranked the tuned and skipped (yes, like a school girl), back to the TH, I met a man in full-hiking-gear. I stopped him and handed over the rock. He was duly impressed! When he tried to hand it back, I said, “No no. I just wanted to share it with someone. Now I have. Thanks!” And I ran away.


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