Drawing the Line on Adventure

At what point do you draw the line with how far an adventure could take you? While in your mind and on paper it may appear like a great idea, there is almost always outside forces that try to set you back into the normalcy that is day-to-day human life. Do you push through blasting 40+ mph ridge top winds? Realizing your under dressed for the conditions, do you keep going and risk the elements getting the better of you? The altitude. It’s a love/hate relationship for most. Is pushing and riding above 13,000 ft too high? Do you ignore the loopy warning signs all for sake of riding a new line or route?

One foot in front of the other, the motivation out weighs the warning signs. With each step, small patches of late winter try to keep you from getting higher. If it’s not the snow or ice, then it’s the loose Colorado high country terrain. For every 3 steps forward the opposing
result is 1 sliding step backwards. Keep going.

A time-out was needed to re-evaluate the chosen route as well as the windy and cold conditions. Backs to the wind and sitting on the down slope to the 40+ mph winds, waiting for the conditions to better was entertained with views of Colorado’s big mountains as they began their Spring thaw. After sitting for about 60 minutes, the wind listen to our internal cries and bitching to lessen just enough to be able to continue without risking frostbite and being blown over. We knew the favorable weather window could be short lived, so we visually drew the ride line across the Continental Divide to be traversed and saddled up!

Between the pushing, carrying, and waiting, we invested 3 hours for about 40 minutes of riding on amazing terrain that sees little to no mountain bike traffic. Glad we didn’t draw the line when conditions heightened to a miserable and annoying level. The descent back to the car into the setting Spring sun was the icing on the adventure cake! This early season ride just set the tone for the rest of the 2015 riding season!

All photos by Daniel Milchev

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