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Old 06-13-10, 03:04 PM   #1
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RtR Day 1

Got an early start and did the 50 mile Colorado Monument loop. Temps were perfect (50's) for climbing and chilly for the descent. I was back in my hotel room before the maids had cleaned it.

The bike had arrived and it only took 15 mins to reassemble it. I thought I had packed a spare tire but it was not in the box.

This is an incredible event. They obviously have gone to great lengths for rider safety and convenience. The sag stops appear to be mini carnivals. Ride volunteers abound.

Tomorrow is 90+ miles and includes what looks to be a 5000 ft climb over Grand Mesa. I'll start camping tomorrow night. Hoping for dry weather for several days.
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You had great conditions for the Monument Loop in June. Enjoy the ride over the Grand Mesa tomorrow. It could be chilly on top!
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Great news, and most happy the weather cooperated. Have fun on Grand Mesa - it is gorgeous.


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Old 06-13-10, 06:42 PM   #4
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Oh, if only we had some pictures!
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As much as I enjoyed the 50+ Forum Ride Weekend this weekend, I'm deeply jealous of you riding the Monument. I so want to return to CO and ride that someday.
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Grand Junction
Lat: 39.12 Lon: -108.53 Elev: 4840
Last Update on Jun 14, 5:53 am MDT

Overcast

52 F
(11 C)Humidity:89 %Wind Speed:CalmBarometer:30.14" (1016.5 mb)Dewpoint:49 F (9 C)Visibility:10.00 mi.More Local Wx:3 Day History

For MOnday

"THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN
COLORADO.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL OCCUR ACROSS WESTERN
COLORADO AND EASTERN UTAH THROUGH THIS EVENING. GUSTY WINDS TO NEAR
40 MPH...SMALL HAIL AND BRIEF HEAVY RAIN WILL ACCOMPANY THE STRONGEST
STORMS. SOME SNOW WILL FALL AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 9000 FEET...ALTHOUGH
NO SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED.

MANY CREEKS...STREAMS AND RIVERS ACROSS WESTERN COLORADO AND
NORTHEAST UTAH WILL CONTINUE TO RUN FAST AND HIGH...WITH SEVERAL
RUNNING NEAR BANKFULL THROUGH TONIGHT.

PLEASE VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/GJT FOR THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION."
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Nice! Perfect weather for a climb over the Grand Mesa. I'm sure jppe will be done with his ride long before any of these storms happen. The dude is fast!
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JPPE, good luck and have a great tour. Did you take the Prince?
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Oh, if only we had some pictures!
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I'm sure jppe will supply us with plenty along the ride
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Old 06-14-10, 01:31 PM   #10
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jppe keep up the updates! I skipped rtr this yr in favor of crmbt.com since trail ridge road is on my bucket list

for those that want to hear more about rtr day by day cbs4 has a daily report and puts a video or 2 on the web

http://cbs4denver.com/video/?id=72112@kcnc.dayport.com
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Old 06-14-10, 01:43 PM   #11
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Have a great ride. 50's? doesn't water freeze at that temperature? I'm looking at about 100 for my ride after work today. I don't even want to know what the heat index is.
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