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    Cold Gold, October Aspens in the Sweetwaters

    A group of us had so much fun on a recent Group Ride at Sierra Buttes we decided as many as possible should meet and ride again. I suggested returning to the Sweetwaters, the high peaks seen on the skyline from Topaz Lake...a-peak.jpg
    They had some very nice aspens..aspens.jpg
    We weren't thinking of snow might lock us out back in August though...a-snow.jpg
    The mountain's base had seen some recent wildfires, a little depressing to ride through...a-burn.jpg
    I picked a remote camp around 9,500 with a nice view of the Sierras off in the distance...a-view.jpg
    It came with it's own nearby lightning sparked mini-wildfire about a mile away but helicoptered buckets of water overhead soon solved things....( Camp was mid-way directly under flight path between blaze and local lake.a-fire.jpg
    Overnight snow flurries finished the job....a-snow camp.jpg
    Since we obviously weren't going to summit two 11,00 plus peaks with fresh snow we didn't try to climb too high but played lower down.
    Some of Saturday Fun, these single tracks wind in and out of canyons, climb ridges, and meander for miles on end. Most sections are easy, some less so. Threat of rain built so we eventually bailed and headed back uphill into what became more light snow flurries.
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    Nice views

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    Nice aspens.

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    Nice companions..Donzo and Adam-in-Nevada.

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    Good cloud appreciation opportunities

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    Fearing a possible soaking from an approaching storm front we retreated to the higher benches on mid-mountain and boogied back closer to camp. Higher we only got a little snow that bounces off so no worries.
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    Other than the cold...and snow, that was a beautiful ride in the Aspen's. Wow factor is way up there. Trails that you did ride looked fun except for the tough parts like you showed at the end. Edit: my video comments are from the first video as I haven't watched the second yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Fearing a possible soaking from an approaching storm front we retreated to the higher benches on mid-mountain and boogied back closer to camp. Higher we only got a little snow that bounces off so no worries.
    Love that country. Love the soundtrack. Painted Black in Portuguese?
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    Was a very fun and at times challenging trip! The 23 degrees mornings were crisp and beautiful. We always got lucky with morning sun to warm things up before jumping on the bikes. The Sweetwaters are so diverse and breathtaking.... I'm ready to go back. 🙂
    I couldn't attach pics to this note. I'll try again later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donzo View Post
    Was a very fun and at times challenging trip! The 23 degrees mornings were crisp and beautiful. We always got lucky with morning sun to warm things up before jumping on the bikes. The Sweetwaters are so diverse and breathtaking.... I'm ready to go back. 🙂
    I couldn't attach pics to this note. I'll try again later.

    I went for a ride yesterday. When I left at 1145 it was 50 F. and I was bitching. I ended up putting on my rain suit bottoms to use as a wind breaker. I warmed up. Bad thing was the rain suit top was in our camper an hour and a half away. 23 and snow capped mountains make for good pictures though!
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