Chris R. and I kept the Thursday ride alive for this week, despite the grim forecast.
We started the ride in clear weather and rode out to west end of the Dude Abides. We stopped there to spend about an hour completing another little section of rock alchemy (transforming the unrideable into the awesome). I didn't get any pictures, so you'll have to ride out there to see it.
It started raining lightly as we stashed the tools to continued riding. The rain never got heavy and traction stayed great for the entire 3 mile, 500ft descent back to the parking lot. Although there are still a few hike-a-bike sections remaining on the west end of the Dude, the descent heading east is a blast.