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Weekend MTB Warrior

I'm on a mountain biking mission, at least on the weekends.  Although dark arrives sooner each evening and the nights are chilly, we have had an amazing couple of fall weekends.  The weather has been perfect and the foliage incredible.  Terry and I have done 4 rides together and have really enjoyed checking out new singletrack and linking together favorite rides.  We had snow at higher elevations on Tuesday, but the temps rose and we are looking forward to this weekend and all of October for more cycling in the mountains.
Fall Mountain Biking in Park City - colors starting to fade, but still jaw dropping
Even though I've had a busy summer already, I've got one more event to train for... wait for it.
   June - Little Red Riding Hood (100 mile ride) & RATPOD (130 mile ride)
   July - Priest Lake Vacation (1 week MTB) & Sprint to the Summit Race (12K trail)
   Aug - Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camp
   Sept - Mid Mountain Marathon (26.2 mile trail)
   Oct - Montana Tech College Alumni Basketball Game (stay tuned - this will surely be blog material)

In other news, we've been patiently waiting for our landscape project to start and in the meantime had the house stained.  We've done minimal work on the yard knowing that it is getting a complete transformation, but gave in last weekend and spent a few hours cleaning up and prepping for winter.  We'll be snowblowing before we know it.  Until then, just a sampling of photos from our mountain bike weekend warrior outings.

Sat, Sept 15th - Armstrong, Pinecone & Spiro - check out Strava file on right side of blog for specifics
Just how many times will we be stopping to take photos?
The view from the top of Pinecone towards Brighton
Looking back at the Pinecone climb. We got season passes to PCMR, so will be riding this lift in a few months.
Looking back to Armstrong climb. Fun to ride 4 miles of switchbacks thru those colors.
Trying to look fierce before heading down Spiro
Sun, Sept 16th - Deer Valley trails - Boulder, Flagstaff, Sunset, & more
Lift Service closed for season - we had the trails to ourselves!
Looking down to Midway & Heber - wish my phone camera captured the colors better
Looking down to Deer Valley & Park City - smoky air from Idaho forest fires
Sat, Sept 22nd - 6.5hr Sufferfest - Deer Valley to Home via Tour de Suds, TG, PCMR climb, Keystone, Shadow Lake, Powerline, MidMtn, & Hunters - the MTB ride of the year (to date)
Topping out on Guardsman - no kneepads since my marathon scrapes are still healing
Guardsman Overlook - toward Salt Lake
TG Tree Obstacle - I didn't try
Shadow Lake - 10miles in, 23 to go
Shadow Lake - MTB Weekend Warriors
PCMR Palette
The Colony and The Canyons - had some major marathon flashbacks during this stretch
Red Pine at The Canyons - rode right in during wedding procession - starting to get tired but less than 10miles left
Hunter's Trail - gorgeous the entire way
Hunter's Eye Candy - so tired at this point, easier to stop and look than look and fall off trail
Sun, Sept 23rd - Armstrong & Spiro - seems to be Park City's Most Popular Trail
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Can't get enough of this beautiful trail - Spiro
Spiro Junction - it's raining leaves
Looking back at Armstrong

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