Nice pics so far Molly!
Many thanks to all who took part in the HC run, the other wheeling we did out here, the beerfest and debauchery back in the city before the weekend began, for all the tips and route planning asistance, and for offering up a place for a couple of outsiders from AZ to stay for a few nights before the run. Basically, I just expressed an interest in coming up here to go wheeling and CoTTORA took care of the rest! Nate, Shawn, Molly... Hell, Everyone in CoTTORA we've met and wheeled with pretty much just plain kicks ass! You all made our vacation up here fantastic. Great to meet those of you we hadn't had a chance to run into before. Mel said on the way home, "those guys are the most fun to wheel with... they come to the runs prepared, have good trail ethics, talk a lot of shit, but are all pretty good guys." I figure that's a pretty fair assessment of the folks who actually showed up for this one. Those of you who missed it, you pretty much suck.
We're in a hotel in Durango tonight... Got in about an hour ago after taking the route we discussed with Molly, Troy and Ike through Leadville, Lake City, Ouray, etc. We "wheeled" our way through the stunning and scenic Cottonwood Pass (easy forest road but busy as hell) and then made it through Engineer's pass (also super scenic, not so busy, a little bumpy, but nothing too technical aside from 2 optional obstacles, a large rock slab and a pair of large boulders that form a decent shelf to climb). That one would be more fun wheeling the steeper rockier stuff uphill from the Ouray side.
Still a day or two out from home so no pics from us will be up for a while. Mel did take some stills and vids though, so eventually we'll have a look and post up some footage (she says there should be some decent sound bytes from FC when someone was peeling out in their truck throwing gravel on the spectators and everone protected their eyes but one guy (not from our group) who covered his beer and let the gravel hit him --that's dedication.. also could be a good bit of color commentary from when I lifted a tire on Cleveland at HC, but we have not had time to look at any of the pics or vids so don't really know what we have yet).
Thanks again everyone. If you ever make it to AZ, you know we will reciprocate the generosity in any way we can.
~John & Melanie