It is hard to believe that it all began in a snowstorm. I delayed
driving over to Fruita because of snow.
Yeti Tribe Gathering, '08 Fruita, Colorado
I guess I should provide some background. Every year we invite anyone
who wants to come along to go ride bikes and camp out for a weekend.
And maybe even drink a beer or two. We don't do this for any sort of
nefarious marketing purposes. We don't do it because we have to. We do
it because riding bikes, camping out and drinking the occasional beer
is an inherently fun activity. So this year we headed out to Fruita.
Because we care, Sarah and I went out early to pre-ride the routes and
just make sure everything was going to go smoothly. And before anyone
claims that I have the best job in the world (I
that I am so gosh-darned lucky( I am
I'll have you
know that I spent about 45 minutes picking up cow pies from the Yeti
base camp area just so our guests could have the most pleasant
I had a new camera and spent very little time learning it
aforehand, so apologies if some of these aren't up to snuff.
Grendel helped set up camp....
And off we went. Up to the top of the Ribbon and down into the flower
It was here that we ran into our scaly little friend. An omen of good
things to come, I think...
Back at camp Sarah practiced her wheelies. And the next day we took off
to preride the Koko loops.
Out Mary's, down Horsethief, more Mary's, and then Moore Fun!
Coupla "where's Waldo?" shots.
So the next day we loaded up 200 or so folks, and their bikes, and
headed up to the Ribbon. Now before folks start moaning and bellyachin'
about how improper it is to take so many people out on the trail at
once, lemme say that we obtained a permit well in advance, and we (in
accordance with the rules that the BLM set out for us) broke up into
groups of ten and rode down the trail in smaller groups. We had other
trail users complimenting us on being so well behaved for a large
So with that out of the way, off we went. The upper lot is tiny and we
didn't want to cluster it up with buses and trailers, so we parked at
Bangs Canyon, got organized and set off up the road for a little warm
up before the descent.
As usual, the Ribbon is just too much fun to take pictures of, and my
group of riders turned out to be a highly skilled and fit bunch, so we
Everyone drew a little bit of blood. Everyone had a great ride.
Ribbon Junction was a veritable flower garden. It was so beautiful down
One of the riders (who was not on a Yeti) had ugly, ugly derailleur
Rising up out of the earth on Free Lunch...
In further praise of my group of riders (who I shall heretoafter refer
to as the A-Team) everytime we got to a trail junction, I explained how
one way was the faster way back and the other way added more mileage,
but was fun. Every time we had this discussion, the A-team opted for
the extra smileage.
Remember the guy with the ugly chain suck. He won the raffle that
A night of festivities. There was barrel racing and campfires and
dogfights and limbo competitions and unicycles and barbecue and all
sorts of hilarity and craziness. You know, the kind of stuff we here at
Yeti refer to as "core values."
We woke up bleary eyes and bushy tailed and set out for some Koko
loops. I had a little group nucleate around me and we hit the trail.
We had a spate of merciful cloud cover. Which kept us from baking in
the sun. Remember how it snowed on the way over? I don't either...
And that, friends and neighbors, was the Tribe gathering '08. If you
were there, thanks so much for coming out and hanging out with us. It
was great to meet so many cool folks.