The descent past Vail's back bowls was beautiful with plenty of flowers still in bloom.
When we got down to the Orient Express lift, my camera battery died. Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the technical parts of the trail in the gully leading to Minturn. It's the kind of riding we're used to riding around Lyons; lots of rocks, some steep exposure and some hard falls!
On Monday Beau and I got out again and rode Meadow Mountain from Eagle Vail. This trail had a steep 2000+ foot climb for the first 4.5 miles. This part of the trail was especially craptacular:
We took a break at this near mint condition homestead at the top. The single track started to the right of the cabin.
This is where the real fun started! The single track was twisty and tight through the aspens.
I'd definitely like to hit this trail again before the snow flies. Below is the route we took and elevation gain.
I put the icing on the cake by riding a lights mandatory Tuesday night ride. 3 rides in 4 days, what's not to like about that!