The Lunch Loops are advertised as "the rockiest and most technical trails" and live up to that description. Led by Joe, who indeed does use these trails at lunch time, we were challenged, but never frightened, and tested but never taunted. The trails offered lots of rocky steps, both uphill and downhill, some short sharp climbs, and some sudden, steep drops. A twist or turn in the trail could very quickly turn into a challenging rock step, or rocky exposure, and with the wind being fairly strong, we were often tested. It was good to see that at times Joe was also tested, and when I was presented with some of the challenges, I was
happy to remind myself that I am a slow timid 59er on a rigid Surly 29er. Works for me, keeps me safe as we've still got 3 weeks of riding to do.
The day was topped off by excellent pizza at Pablo's in Grand Junction. Thanks Joe. Fantastic day, and so good to share it with you. Jo and Steph are coming to NZ in November 2016. We look forward to hosting you both. Joe is an uber Geologist, and we learnt so much from him today, we want him and Step to experience NZ geology (the fault line type).
So looking for a campsite for the night and we run into Hillary Cave and Kevin Nicholas, (Ju's second cousin...big Catholic families....) Eventually end up at Rabbit Valley where we hope to ride the Western Rim Trail tomorrow, right along the Colorado River. Our last day Colorado tomorrow. My favorite state.