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Thomas "Lucky Larry" Teppen
City: Grand Junction
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 20, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Mar 8th, 2009
Start: the Grand Mesa, western Colorado
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 15.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 738
Journal Visits: 26,095
Guestbook Views: 6,413
Guestbook Entrys: 54

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I'm back in the swing of things

After three weeks of lying around, I made to the top of the Grand Mesa today for some cross-country skiing. The Grand Mesa (for those of you who are not familiar) is supposedly the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. I'm not exactly sure of the elevation of the ski trails, but I know that they are somewhere over 10,000 feet. The snow conditions were dreamy! The pine branches were covered with thick white fluff, and the ski tracks were slathered with a thin layer of fresh grease. Skiing has become my most enjoyable outdoor activity. For me, its sort of like cycling - a quiet, rhythmic rush. The sound of your breath with the "chick... chick... chick" of your poles. My recently repaired knee made me happy, and it felt terrific. Fifteen miles later, I glided back to my car, tired and satisfied. What a day!

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Lucky Larry's Hop Along The PCT

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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