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Sept 21st Word From Kevin

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Word from the inside.  I’m writing from Brooklyn NY where I'm spending some time checking out the cargo bike scene in the city. We’re getting a little behind on work with both Geoff & I traveling... but we'll get caught up really soon!

Geoff in Telluride: Geoff left on Tuesday (last week) to ride to Telluride for the Blues & Brews festival. A 180 mile ride – mostly on road… we recreated my ‘race bike’  so he could get the job done a little quicker… but also still do some mountain bike upon arrival.  I’m pretty excited that Geoff finially is taking his first trip to the coolest place on earth! I look forward to hearing more about his trip when he returns!

Bike fully loaded with Defiant Pack gear on the summit of Dallas Divide, Colorado

FlatTops:  I (Kevin) also snuck out for a sweet bikepacking trip at the beginning of last week. – Long awaited, I have desired to cross the flat-tops. By ski, foot, or bike. With quite a lot of work stacked up, I was plenty happy to instead accept a car ride to White Owl Lodge (in the heart of the Flattops – 30miles and 4000’vertical of gravel road) and shorten the otherwise 3 day trip to a quick overnight. I’ve always been intrigued by the trail from Canyon Creek (5miles west of Glenwood Springs) leading North into the Flattops… and that was my mission. 

View of Deep Creek from the Flat Tops in Colorado 

Sheep grazing alongside Coffeepot Road in the Flat Tops, Colorado

Starting at White Owl – I reversed the route, and followed dirt roads to Blue Lake at the top of Canyon Creek, and met the trail down.  The Flattops offers the the broad and open air valleys that experience that make me the think of Wyoming or Montana- but with an average elevation around 10,000ft. 

If you haven’t been to the Flat Tops – at some point you should! It is perfect terrain for gravel grinding with low/high clearance 4x4 roads, limited traffic, and beautiful camping spots.  Once you are up on top it is mostly flat (compared to other Colorado riding)

Dried grasslands along Coffee Pot Road in the Flat Tops Colorado

Canyon Creek: I would NOT recommend it… I would also not recommend Mitchell creek nor No Name Creek trails based on past experiences… up here sticking to the 4x4 roads is the best ticket to having a ridable path. The trails are generally tight and overgrown.  The Transfer Trail (heading due North out of Glenwood Springs) is really the ticket to ride in the Southern FlatTops. (also Coffepot road heading North from Dotsero is the standard 2wd gravel drivable route).     

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