3 days of stationary camp and hot temps required more than 3 gallons of drinking water per day. Last night the other maybe 4 spots out where I camped were occupied. I did not leave my locked chair to hold the spot as the anchor was too far removed from the spot. I drove down to town and replenished my water, caught up on email, and started this for short while as I want to get back out to get a spot.
Yesterday was Saturday of a 3 day weekend. I rode from camp ultimately riding down Bull Run and Great Escape which are popular downhill shuttle rides and I encountered so few riders. The ride was long and arduous, 28.55 miles climbing 2342′ in 3 hrs 56 mins burning 1610 cals. Beautiful day and riding conditions. My speed is what my body gives me. I watched a younger male rider just spin up a hill that I panted up. I rode from camp spot which is 1.5 miles of dirt road before single track to pick up Chisholm to Horsethief trails going down Getaway to Bull Run continuing down Great Escape then climbing back up on Arths to start of Getaway past Bull Run side trail to Mustang connecting to Chisholm back.
Temps are climbing into the upper 80s. Leaving on Tuesday for cooler Fruita.
No more juniper gnat bites while up at Horsethief. Current bites are healing with the itching not happening. The Benadryl had no noticeable effect.
Lots of rigs with mountain bikes attached.
I filled the solar shower and hung it on the van hood, the sun heated the water beyond comfortable. Wind was blowing too strongly to make a shower comfortable. I have found that wetting my washcloth and squirting a bit of Bronners peppermint soap on thne cloth then wiping my body down leaves me feeling clean and out of the wind. Today I drove down to town while remembering the shower still maybe attached to the hood. I pulled over almost into town to see if I would be buying a new shower. dang, bag was still attached, no purchase required.
Making today a rest day after 2 hard riding days. Last week I rode 5 out of 7 days which appears to be my norm.