Cortez, Colorado: June 11-14, 2019

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Phil’s World, a singlespeeder’s paradise

 

From Prescott it took us seven plus hours to arrive at the KOA in Cortez.  Amelia is enamored with the brothers that own KOA Cortez and they are enamored with her.  It’s quite a little mutual admiration society.   And why not, all three have the same personalities: friendly, always greeting people, waving, and smiling.  The two brothers, Shawn and Bernie, run the best campground we’ve ever visited.  I had no doubt they would remember Amelia.

While Amelia went to the office to see her guys and check in, I was walking Sara around. I just had the sense something was different.  Amelia finally came out of the office with a disappointed look on her face.  The brothers had just sold the campground; escrow had closed over Memorial Day weekend.  We hope they got a bundle.  They really did a terrific job building up the business.  We miss them.  Hopefully the new owners can maintain the high standards.

Phil’s World is our favorite mountain bike ride.  I refer to it as singlespeed paradise.  I could go on and on with flowery adjectives and probably bore all the non riders to death.  Well, our favorite place just got better.  They’ve added more trails!  It’s a long haul from San Diego but we’ve got to figure out how to get a group of friends out here.

Up next uncharted territory!  How exciting 🙂

 

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Site 24 KOA Cortez

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Amelia on Lemonhead trail with Sleeping Ute Mountain in the background.

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Smooth Spreading Four O’Clocks dotted the landscape.

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Glow

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Female Cabbage White Butterfly on a Sunflower

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Scarlet Globemallow

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They are big on bones at Phil’s World.

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Sego Lily

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Wow, brand new trailhead, brand new trails, with more new trails to come!

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What a great use of BLM land!

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Amelia on the new Highline Trail

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Amelia said it’s time to get rid of this t-shirt.  What the heck it’s a perfectly good shirt for biking.

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We hit one brewery in Cortez: Wild Edge Brewing Collective.  Their IPA’s weren’t quite up to San Diego standards, but Amelia loved their sour beer, Razzmatazz, so much so she got herself a 32oz Can’teen to go.

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Sara goes absolute nuts over soft serve ice cream.  We had a nice lunch at Burger Boy.

 

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Evening light on Mesa Verde

 

 

Prescott, Arizona: June 7-11, 2019

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Sara’s bliss. Seventy-eight degrees, fifty-five miles per hour, eyes squinting, ears flapping and nose working overtime.

Prescott, the first stop on our big summer of ’19 trip.  The majority of our time will be spent in Colorado.  Prescott is about half way.  It took us eight hours.  The boss has put her foot down and said, “Never again will we drive that long.”

That’s probably a good idea. We were pretty tired when we arrived, so tired we got ourselves into a tight spot with a tree while trying to back into our site.  It was nearly a disaster.

The first three days the weather was in the mid 80s, which is manageable.  Our last day it was over 90.  No bueno.  The Airstream feels like a cave with all the windows closed, blinds down, and the noisy AC cranking.

We did three rides.  The first two rides we’ve done before, which helps eliminate the bickering on the trail about directions.  There’ll be plenty of time for that when we hit all the new places in Colorado.

The third ride was a new area called Spence Basin.  A fellow mountain biker in the campground gave us the tip.  He even gave us an updated map and laid out a trail by trail course for us, but we still managed to get turned around which led to some quality bickering.  Spence Basin was super fun.  If you mountain bike, put it on your list.

And remember kids, Prescott rhymes with Biscuit.

 

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Point of Rocks RV Campground site #54.  Same spot we had two years ago.

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The old girl swaying in the morning sun.

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Goodding’s Verbena lining the Badger Mountain Trail

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Some old guy I’ve never seen before trying to help us fix the drawer under one of the kitchen seats.  He couldn’t help us.  It’ll be one of those things that gets addressed when we are back in town.

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Finally someone saying something about the fake service animals.

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On the Pipeline Trail some clever person put little figurines of three people, a park bench, trees, and shrubs inside a broken portion of the pipe.

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West Side Story in Spence Basin

 

 

 

 

Ha, ha, ha, Russ T. Fender Trail in Spence Basin

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Tatanka Trail, guess where?  Spence Basin!  We really enjoyed it.

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New Mexico Locust

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Our last day it was ninety-one shitty degrees with eleven percent humidity.  At least the biking clothes dried super quick.

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Once the afternoon chores were done Amelia treated herself to an ice cold Tecate with salt and lime.