Fruits!.....No Fruita! (Damn predictive spelling)
Fruits!.....NO FRUITA! (GRRRRRRRR...)
Fruits!.....No dammit, FRUITA! Ok, I am just trying to type Fruita, and the dang predictive spelling will just not allow it.
Ok, Whatever. Fruits it is. Whatever you call it, the place might be the most awesome riding anywhere. After all, it is in Colorado and does have incredible single track, and there is beer and pizza and burritos. I mean a lot of single track. It is just dripping with awesomnicity there. I think when I am done with all of this, and people wonder where I am - start in Fruits, there is a good chance that is where I will be.
Liz and I started planning the Fruits excursion, about a year ago. We will outfit the back of the truck, drive out to Fruits with the dogs, stay for 10 days, ride, hike, float rivers, fly fish etc... Of course, slowly over time as it got closer, the trip kept getting shortened and adjusted and abbreviated. But, I saw, I rode, I love it.
We did sleep in the back of the truck on the way out and back, but we did not sleep in the truck out there. We rented a really cool little VRBO that had a fenced back yard for the dogs an outdoor BBQ and a full kitchen with a Nespresso (not exactly roughing it I know). It was good that we did, because it was pretty cold and raining out there. Would have been for some rough camping weather.
As I noted, the trip got shortened before we got there, but we held on to 4 planned riding days - that ended up 3 because of needing to build an Ark on the last day to get out of town. Holy crap, that was some rain.
Day 1, we rode on the eastern end of the Kokepelli loops. Hanna and Adam joined us, and it was a ripping time. Liz and Hanna claimed they saw a rattle snake. I have decided not to believe them, as I just do not do snakes.
On day 2, we rode out at Book Cliffs or 18 road trails. OMG. The flow, the flow! It can be so seducing. If you go, you have to ride Joe's ridge, and Mofo below it, and PBR, and Chutes and Ladders, and, and and. Wow, it is hard to get enough of those trails. We will definitely be back on these.
Basically, you go up for about 30 minutes, then you scream down for about 15 mins of crazy fun swooping trails. berm jump, drop, steep, berm drop, jump... Wow. Can I go back now?
Unfortunately, it had to end. Hanna and Adam had to head back to Boulder and it dumped rain for the rest of the afternoon.
Liz and I had decided to do a big epic loop on the Western Kokopelli trails. We went out Troy Built, which was a really cool rocky climb and roll along the edge of a cliff looking out on the Kokopelli trail heading towards Utah. Then we ended up on the most amazing ridge line overlooking the Colorado river and then a super rocky steep jagged edge rock decent back down to Steve's loop. Liz was amazing, even though she doesn't normally ride that kind of stuff.
Out. To a Pearl Jam concert, or riding, or something.