I have had the Trucker on the repair stand these last few weeks doing some maintenance. New chain, cables, brake pads. All with the idea of a little tour in late September before the weather changes up high. I have also been kicking around for this bike, a return to drops, so, this is the opportunity to get that done.
I have been running Albatross bars on this bike for the last three years and I have liked them. I found I was spending most of my time riding up on the front curve of the bars, finding the most comfort there. So, back to the drops I go. I also installed a shorter stem so I can continue to have an upright ride but with the multiple hand positions that the drops give me.
And back to this:
Off we go, about eight of us. It was a cool morning with some high clouds up on the divide.
Same as last week...a few wildflowers left out
A stop below Hidden Valley to put on a long sleeve shirt. It was one of those temp days (High 40's) that you get sweaty because you are on a long climb but the wind is cool to any exposed skin.
Stopped at Many Parks Curve and talked with some people riding Harley's as a big group. They were doing a loop up over Trail Ridge-Berthoud Pass and back to Denver. They were surprised by the cool weather and were scrambling through their bags for face scarves and gloves. Nice people!
Getting close to the clouds!
No obligatory Longs Peak photo today. It was covered up by clouds. A picture though of the last of the Paint Brush before they go to sleep for winter. This is just below Upper Hidden Valley.
In the park, cell phone coverage is a bit spotty. This would happen to change up my day. I am taking a little break at Upper Hidden Vally chomping on my PBJ sandwich. Just with a little climb left to get to Rainbow curve.
So down down down I go. Changes your day from a peaceful ride and experience in the Park to back to the real world.
She is OK. We had surgery on Tuesday and had a plate and some pins inserted and she is on the road to healing. Changes a few things in that I'll have to cancel the short tour I was going to do because I am on duty as her stable and horse boy for awhile. All good!! Glad to be able to help.
Still glad for the bar changes on the Trucker. The shorter stem works for me and it is a good ride. This has been my favorite bike for a long time....like returning to an old friend. Not a big deal with cancelling the tour. It was all going to be weather related anyway for late September. I was planning on going up over Trail Ridge to Grand Lake, over to Walden, up and over Cameron Pass and down the Poudre River Canyon to Ft. Collins and back up to home. Four or Five days. 20th of September. It could be nice or it could be closed with fall snow storms. I'll get it next year!! Kyle and I are still planning our Rollins Pass ride in late September. That will only be one day and will also be weather dependent.
Everybody have a good rest of the week!!