Rewind to campingIn my last post I forgot to mention the camping situation. By the time Drew's schedule for September was finalized, it was much too late to make campground reservations for Labor Day weekend. Instead, I managed to reserve Sunday night at Onemile Campground, a U.S. Forest Service campground up the Taylor Creek drainage. Friday night, as you saw, we pulled in late to a campground outside of Gunnison. Saturday, our first order of business (after espresso and breakfast, duh) was to find a camp spot for Saturday night. I was apprehensive that Onemile campground would have any available spots, but it was worth a shot before we forged on up toward Crested Butte and higher elevation, undeveloped camping*. We were in luck! Site number 9, which just happened to be the best site at Onemile campground, had just opened up as we pulled in, so we snagged it and set up camp.
*Undeveloped means no electrical hookups. There was a time in my camping career that I would have preferred to be unplugged. Spending the chilly nights in a cozy van that has an electric heater and electric hot water have changed me.
Enough about the camping. What about the riding?
For day 2 we chose Doctor Park and did it as a loop from our campground.
|Most people shuttle Doctor Park. We chose to ride up the 10 miles of mostly gravel road. We like to earn our beer.|
|A pit stop to break up the road ride. Drew is fascinated by the rocks.|
|Since we did not have a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle like those pansies on the other side, we had to take our two-footed two-wheeled vehicle though the icy cold creek.|
|Note the very muddy road.|
|Drew trying to un-stick a rock that had wedged itself in his bottom pivot. Meanwhile, I spent a good 20 minutes de-mudding my bike to the point where the wheels would turn again.|
|Doctor Park trail zigs and zags toward the trees. There were miles of this stuff. Happy face.|
|Rock garden on Doctor Park|
The last couple of miles of trail lose a lot of elevation, fast. This is how they do it:
|Steeply descending trail using anchored cinder block to armor the trail against wash outs. Very effective. Very fun to ride.|
After hours of trails, we finally popped out at the campground next to the one we were staying at. A mile of pavement back to up our camp took us to frosty cold beers, warm water for washing the mud off, and an evening of cooking and eating the best Pad Thai in the universe.
|Modesty while showering from the flexible handheld shower head attached to the kitchen sink is a luxury we can afford in our van.|
The day's stats: 3 hrs 43 min ride time. 22.5 miles. 3470 feet of climbing.
So after that, we elevated the trip to epic status.