I returned to the same spot as yesterday's photo of Mt Princeton, but the lighting was better:
I went riding on Yagi, my TW200, within the Brown's Canyon National Monument hereafter referred to as BCNM. There's not much in terms of trails, basically the main trail 300 which is wide enough for two vehicles passing each other; and then there's 1434 which is basically single track.
The BCNM it's just a few miles south of the junction of US 24 and US 285 just south of Buena Vista. There's no signs yet on the highway, just look for the sign that says Ruby Mountain recreation area or Fisherman's Bridge.
I decided to explore 1434 since I was thinking 300 would be too easy. There turned out to be a lot of hills, steep inclines and declines, and I lost count of the many, many, many Whoop-Dee-Doos that one encounters on that trail!
In case you do not know what a whoop-dee- doo is, think wide speed bumps making you feel like a roller coaster ride.
Some technical spots here and there, mostly before you hit or leave the summit of the hills but nothing that Yagi and I couldn't handle. The ground was nice and dry, good traction and the only problems were loose rocks.
I took 1434 to the end and then turned around heading towards 185.d which would then eventually take me back to 300 main trail.
Things got a bit less fun and much more technical after the above picture while on 185.d. The overnight rains had made the trail quite slick and the churning wheels of the OHVs had not helped things at all. And of course, it was all downhill....
Yagi and I hate mud, really really really hate mud. Mud and steep hillside portions of the trail had me and Yagi slip sliding here and there trying to maintain control even though we were going really slow.
Still, my luck ran out and I biffed it pretty good on one slick portion; Yagi falling on its right side onto my right leg until I manage to kick her away from me and free my leg. I was worried about the hot muffler but that proved no issue. Slippery mud aside, this fall was my fault. I went from second gear into first but managed to put it into neutral instead....so, no engine braking, too much speed...
I biffed it again surely afterwards on yet another muddy portion:
Again, Yagi fell to the right and I went flying off to the side, still no problems or injuries except for my right calf now really throbbing from the previous impacts.
Trail 300 eventually led me back to the entrance of the BCNM and back onto US 24 heading towards Buena Vista. My right calf was feeling very tight and it caused me to gimp along when I made a stop in town to pick up some supplies.
Yagi got me back to the campsite with no further issues, and before I laid down to elevate my right leg with a nice pack I fixed the damages on Yagi.
I am pretty sure my right calf is going to bruise up pretty nicely, mobility is impaired somewhat but not too badly. I guess the next couple of days are going to be rest days huh?