8.22.17 – Day 22
Boulder, WY to Oregon Buttes, WY
100 mi | 3,619 ft
There’s the thing about pioneering a route. There are unknowns and sometimes things go awry. Sometimes you plan to ride 70 miles, and the key linking road that appears on all maps simply doesn’t exist. So you ride 100 instead, in a desert landscape. Oof.
8.23.17 – Day 23
Oregon Buttes, WY to Wamsutter, WY
77 mi | 1,706 ft
8.24.17 – Day 24
Wamsutter, WY to Brush Hill Lodge in Slater, CO
80 mi | 2,694 ft
We’ve stumbled upon the exemplary Brush Mountain Lodge and Outpost just over the Colorado border. What a treat. It’s hard to overstate the awesomeness of this haven for cyclists.
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8.25.17 – Day 25
Slater, CO to Steamboat Springs, CO
49 mi | 3,310 ft
8.26.17 – Day 26
Steamboat Springs, CO to Radium, CO
68 mi | 5,118 ft
After climbing two big passes and multiple grueling “kickers” and pretty much running on fumes, we found ourselves standing at 9100′ looking straight down into the valley where our campsite was located on the Colorado River.
8.27.17 – Day 27
Radium, CO to Olive Creek Campground Grand Lake, CO
62 mi | 4,052 ft
8.28.17 – Day 28
Grand Lake, CO to Allenspark, CO
58 mi | 5,630 ft
Our last few days in the Rockies were nothing short of spectacular. We climbed the Trail Ridge Road between Grand Lake and Estes Park, and enjoyed the rarified air and amazed look of motorists at a perch of over 12,000′ elevation.
8.29.17 – Day 29
Allenspark, CO to Denver, CO
65 mi | 3,799 ft
8.30.17 – Day 30
8.31.17 – Day 31