Bitten by the Nordic Bug, Part Two: Woody Creek, North

Bitten by the Nordic Bug

Part Two

Woody Creek, North

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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The spiffy bridge now spanning the Woody Creek serves to provide the Nordic Skier with two divergent experiences. Head south across this bridge and the photos from my previous blog should serve as an indication as to what you will discover. Today however we head north, in the opposite direction, for a 100 percent downhill glide through some rugged Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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~ ~ ~     Canyonland      ~    here we come     ~ ~ ~

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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Across the old highway and on through the old stockyards we glide.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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Up and over a handful of driveways.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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When all of a sudden, we’re here !

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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Immediately upon entering Snowmas Canyon the trail swaps its erstwhile suburban vibe for an impressively arid wild western railroad authenticity.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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Clearly visible is the evidence of the explosive techniques applied in building the Rio Grande Railroad. The unmistakable arrow straight mark of a drill in the photograph above leads the eye to the exact point of detonation. The ensuing explosion thus ripped the entire bolder apart, as illustrated by the V-shape emanating outwards from the blast.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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If, by the way, you can see a lion in the above picture… with a little tear in his eye terminating at the blast-point then I can assure you, you’re not alone in your observation.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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In fact, the lion is not alone; two more almost identically sized rocks received the same treatment, as evidenced by their tear tattoo.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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Onwards, and downwards.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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Suddenly the Roaring  Fork River looms into view.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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For a while river and trail slide side by side, cheek by jowl.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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Until, low and behold, a time capsule !

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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I swear I caught a whiff of steam.

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

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Rio Grande Rail-Bed Trail, Woody Creek CO by MARTIN COONEY

The old railroad cars mark roughly the 2 mile point from Woody Creek’s spiffy new bridge. From here the former Rio Grand Railroad picks its way down valley all the way to Glenwood Springs some 30 miles distant. These magnificent wheels however quite often served as my turn around point when running the trail and so it seemed appropriate at this point to turn my skis around and head homeward. Although I know perfectly well what lies beyond the next bend I am chomping at the bit to see it brand new again through my new-found Nordic veil.

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Aspen Golf Course, MARTIN COONEY, January 2nd 2015

Thanks for stopping by.

Viareggio Postcard by MARTIN COONEY

Cheers !

Martin

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