Day Five of my fall vacation through Colorado was riding around Twin Lakes between Leadville and Buena Vista. There was plenty of nice trail and killer views. Find all the pictures, maps and blabbage here.
The last half of the family vacation were hella fun. On Wednesday, the boys and I went up the mountain for some more trail fun. We got off at the McCoy station about took “Trail Home” back down the Adventure Center. From there we took the gondola back up to the McCoy station and took “Brake Through”. The boys were riding quite well and was quite surprised at how quickly they have been progressing over this week.
Jake on “Brake Trough”
The boys were itching to try some more difficult stuff so we decided to check out the lower portion of “Flow” and then onto “Shotgun”. They really dug the more difficult terrain and some of the features like the wall ride.
Will getting some good height on the Shotgun wall ride
Jake getting a little wall action. Even with just getting barely on the wall he giggled and thought that was the best thing ever.
Will decided to tackle a log ride further down the trail. I was a little apprehensive about it but was pretty stoked when after several attempts he nailed it.
We finished off the day at Lake Mary by renting some pedal boat to fart around on the lake and do a little fishing. There was a lot more of pedalling around than fishing and Casey and Jake proved that pedal boats are not swamp proof. It was the best boat rental ever as got way more than our money’s worth of laughs out of them.
On Thursday, while the family slept in, I we got in some runs on a few of the double black diamond trails. They have some pretty gnarly trails up there that lett me humbled and stokes at the same time. I did a couple of runs down Techno-Rock before hitting up Chain Smoke to Twilight Zone. I was shotting some video and did not get any photos. I can see a bigger bike in my future if I wanted to ride terrain like that on a regular basis. For the final run, I went back up and did Bullet to Follow Me. I was back at the room by lunch.
In the afternoon, the boys and I went checked out the old Mammoth Consolidated Mine. The remenants of the buildings and equipment all over the site that are pretty cool to poke around.
There is even a mine shaft that you can check out. It is plugged some 30-40 down the tunnel but is really cool as you can still see the rails for the ore carts. When I say cool, literally applies because as soon as you step into the the tunnel it feels like the tempurture is in the 60 degrees range.
After finishing up at the mine we spent the rest of the afternoon feeding the fish at Twin Lake one baited hook at a time. The following morning it would already be time to pack up and head home. Man does time fly when you are having fun. This was a great vacation and one I sure we will remember fondly for many years to come.