Ok. I was cleaning up my phone and downloading photos so i wouldn't lose them...Again...there was a "water incident" outside Silverton this summer that killed a phone and a lot of great photos went with it. I figured I should get off my ass and do a report of some kind and use them before I lose them. My location-Telluride. For those that don't know, it is a laid back ski town in southwest Colorado. There is a huge variety of good rides in the area. I consider my backyard to be about 3 hours in any direction. That opens up a lot of activities, and I try to make the most of it. I hope to break this up into different day rides or weekend trips that i did this year, but some may go back further. There may be occasional shots of my family, not always moto related, but probably will be amazing or funny. Be with me on those, i am a proud dad of two great boys! My bike is a 2009 Beta 525RR. It has been a great bike, modified a bit for the riding I like to do, abused a bit, because sometimes things happen when you ride offroad! She is kind of a sexy little Italian number that likes dirty things, A LOT. I rarely share her...just the way I am...sorry... The picture quality is poor, but so is my writing style...and riding ability for that matter, so i should at least keep it consistent. If you have low expectations for this thread, then i think i can meet that... So here goes.... Here I am, standing on a bit of a drop off on the Gold Bar section off of Poison Spider north of Moab... [/URL][/IMG] A riding season in the San Juans is like this. Spring and fall, we travel either to Moab (about 2hrs away) or Montrose area (about 1 1/2hr away). In the summer we try to ride as much singletrack and good mountain passes as we can. We have some great twisty paved roads too, but i rarely get the chance to do them...I am happiest on dirt and rocks anyway... Most of you know what Moab looks like, so i will start with the Montrose side. The Flattop/Peach Valley riding area is massive. It is a mostly open riding area with a lot of adobe clay, but there is also some good rocky singletrack up high. The hill climbs can be intimidating and there are a lot of great ditches to keep the grin muscles stretched... Here are some shots from an afternoon session this past spring.. Rocks.. [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] Ridgetops...that is the Flattop formation in the background [/URL][/IMG] Some nice big banked turns... [/URL][/IMG] Monster Ditch! This one is like a natural half pipe in spots, other places it gets so narrow you can barely keep your feet on the pegs.. [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] And it just goes and goes.... [/URL][/IMG] I just love fast flowing ditches! [/URL][/IMG] So that is how we frequently burn a half day when we need to get some dirt fix.