Verde’s Brian Yeagle sent over a recap and some photos from his recent trip to Colorado. Read what Brian had to say about the adventure and check out some photos after the break.
“I recently returned from a trip out to the Denver area of Colorado. Mark Potoczny, Ryan Popple, Tom Arkus and I made it a redeye drive, there and back, to maximize the time at our destination. The driving shifts were commensurate with a tank of fuel, equaling about 3½-4 hours, some getting doubles as the drive was 23 hours from Pittsburgh. Even though this was not my first trip through the state I have for a long time sustained an inaccurate association of Colorado being only mountains, forests, streams, snow peaks, and the like. There are many miles, hours, of a much different terrain that one must cross (at least from the east) to arrive at the lush foothills and river valleys and barren peaks above. Those flat areas that span square-hours at highway speed make one ponder what it would be like living there. Towns consisting of 100 or less buildings or one of the solitary houses sheltered by a few neighboring trees both leave much for want in my imagination for what life would be as a denizen of an environment such as that. Mountains and Denver’s skyline came into view not to soon as a reprieve from the visual monotony we were soon to exit, and also as a promise of what awaited us. After a few hours of recuperation we met up with Tom Dillon and began twelve days of concrete riding, mountain exploration, gelid submersions, constant sun, and stacking numbers on the odometer. The change in elevation and humidity made our lips crack, noses bleed, and our lungs work overtime. These were only negligible ailments that served more as reminders of how exceptional an environment we were in. Chase Zink had the worse of it. During a hike above St. Mary’s Glacier the quick increase in elevation, he coming from Phoenix two days prior, afflicted him with an acute headache that kept him from ascending the objective peak that day. Cody Landers and Ted Van Orman were two other connections we made who along with Tom D. enriched our day and night experiences. Cody made his apartment available to us and acted as guide to key spots for riding and camping. Ted brought us out to his trails and a local swim hole to boot. The trip was a wonderful mixture of short expeditions into nature, meeting new people, shredding some fabulous concrete parks and trails, capturing images, and sorting out struggles with navigation. So much was seen and done and more was left untouched. Oh man! I can’t wait to get back to the Rockies.” — Brian