On the Run: Time to move on | AspenTimes.com

On the Run: Time to move on

Tim Dudley

Early fall feels eerily like early spring.There’s a shedding of a certain weariness, a readiness for something new to do. In the spring, you’re putting winter behind. You’ve skied all your favorite lines too many times, the best snow is in the past, you’re ready to move on. And there’s an expectation of things to come.I took a run – not my favorite thing to do – last spring when the slopes closed and found it strangely invigorating. Buds were popping out on the trees, flowers were poking though the ground. There were roads, trails and rivers to explore.The first full day of fall, I laced up the running shoes again.This time I chose the East of Aspen trail. I think it’s the best route around town. It’s off the road, and the scenery is incredible. Winding through the changing aspen trees on the dirt pathway is like trail running without the rocks, roots and stumps to trip you up.It was a spectacular day – not warm, not cold, patches of blue sky and gray clouds, aspens ablaze on the mountainsides.And I got the same feeling I did last spring. All the rides have been done, the best ones multiple times. The rivers haven’t been flowing for a while. Mountains have been climbed. It’s again time to move on.Snow is starting to fall in the high peaks, and there’s a chill in the air. It won’t be long.

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