Loop ~ 250 miles
Riders – John , Byron
I wanted to explore some new backroads on the ridge south of
Fairfield, hit the City of Rocks and swing by Magic Reservoir .
Wednesday was the 1st nice day after 4-5 days of weather .
The low was 38F but clear and still.
When we met at GranDel’s ~10:30 it was in the upper 40’s.
Riding into Hill City on US20 it was ~ 42F , which is my Big Bike limit .
My nipples got so cold they ached .
Castle Rock Road
Iron Mountain behind Fairfield
View of the Fairfield Prairie from Davis Mountain .
At the intersection below the hill we decided to ride off Davis Mountain.
Green is the route I wanted to take into the City of Rocks.
Red is what we rode .The up hill path looked steep and greasy .
I wasn’t sure I was on the correct trail so we dropped
down to the flats and were going to go around the mountain.
There was a short rocky section made more technical by the mud.
Riding off rock I slid my front wheel out and got my leg pinned under the bike.
Kind of lost my confidence in the mud after the bobble.
At the bottom of the trail there was “locked” gate. After closer inspection
you could see it had been Macgyvered and the was a why to get through.
Then we had a mile or two of muddy ranch road to negotiate .
Thank God there was no clay to pack up the wheels.
We thought we would at least hit Mormon Reservoir but the road I
picked was fenced off. It was ~ 3:30PM so we decided to head into
Fairfield for fuel and coffee.
We rode home along the South Fork, Prairie and Blacks Creek,
excellent debate prep.