(Last Updated On: August 13, 2010)
Teocalli Ridge trail has been a favorite ride for me in the past. Due to various circumstances, I have not been able to ride it the past two summers. Reports from riders have conveyed that the trail has been beaten by the dirt bikers- nasty ruts on what used to be a fun, technical descent. Still, I’ve been wanting to ride it, as I’ve neglected it for over two years. Sunday was the day we were to check it out. Frank and I met our friend Adam at the trailhead on a beautiful morning dotted with low-hanging clouds.
A few minutes later, as I walked down a particularly gnarly and rutted portion of the trail, I spotted Adam sitting on a log. His bike was still on the ground. It turned out he had crashed into a tree, with his shoulder taking the brunt of the force. Upon inspection, it didn’t seem like he had broken his collar bone, although we couldn’t be certain. But, something was definitely wrong with his shoulder. Adam was in a lot of pain if he moved it, and could not raise his arm very high. So, we made a make-shift sling from arm and leg warmers. Adam and I walked down the rest of the trail while Frank sped ahead to get the truck. Timing was good as Frank arrived to the bottom of the trail just a few minutes before we did. From there, we drove Adam to the Gunnison Hospital to get an x-ray. The x-rays didn’t show any broken bones, and a possible AC separation is suspected. Regardless, Adam has to take some time off the bike and was sad to not be able to ride on his birthday on Tuesday. But, hopefully he’ll be riding again soon!
In walking down the trail, I was able to take a closer look at the condition of it. Yes, parts are more rutted. But, most of it is still quite rideable. Hopefully I’ll get back to Teocalli again this season, as I would like to actually be able to ride the descent. 🙂