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Ride the Rockies – day 7

The last day was 87 miles from Alamosa to Salida. I left before Nicole did but it was not long before she caught me, I think right before the first rest stop.It was very flat, probably the flatest road on the ride.  I stayed with a group forawhile at 21 mph but fell off to a group at 19 mph until the rest stop.  The rest of the way to Poncha Pass was pretty much a gentle up hill.  The top of the pass was the last rest stop until Salida.  The downhill was very fast and smooth into PonchaSprings then only 5 miles to Salida to the finish line.  I spent alot of this daystanding up as much as possible because of the very sore rear.

Ride the Rockies – day 6

Pagosa Springs to Alamosa billed as 87 miles over Wolf Creek Pass.  This is the day I about bailed out, not wanting to climb another almost 11,000 foot pass.  My conscience got the better of me so I did not say that I did not do the whole ride.  I left about a hour after Nicole so she finished way ahead of me this day.  Wolf Creek Pass was a long climb but not as bad as Grand Mesa.  The down hill was a little scarey because the wind was gusting very hard.  I felt like I was sand blasted on one of the curves from the road gravel.  One rider was blown off his bike and hurt seriously, so this down hill was not a fun as the others.  After the down hill it was a pretty flat run in to Alamosa.  I think this distance was 91 miles rather than 87 miles.  I was glad at the end of the day I did not get a sag to the top of the pass so I did complete the whole day.

Ride the Rockies – day 5

This was a mostly flat day from Durango to Pagosa Springs, a distance of 85 miles.  We took the long way around by going through the Southern Indian Reservation instead of a more direct route on highway 160.  I lost Nicole early on this day also.  We were only a couple of miles from New Mexico on the most southern point.  There was no internet service at the last 3 motels so I am doing the last three days from memory.

Ride the Rockies – day 4

This was another grueling day in the saddle.  Three mountain passes from Ouray to Durango, from 7800 feet up to 11,000 feet then down to 6500 feet in Durango.  The total climbing miles were 25 out of the 72 miles total distance.  I started at 6:30 AM and Nicole started shortly after me.  This was another day of stopping for short rests because of being out of breath.  The downhills were fun but the climbing was painful, the total elevation was probably 5200 feet.  Nicole finished about an hour before me.  The last 1 mile was up on a mesa where the school is located, so we finished with a final climb.  We had a very good pasta dinner in downtown Durango.  We are at 282 miles total for 4 days.

Ride the Rockies – day 3

Today was much tamer. The first 34 miles from Delta to Montrose was the roughest road on the ride so far.  The last 34 miles were from Montrose to Ouray.  My time was 6 hours with the stops and Nicole finished about 1/2 hour ahead of me.  The last 20 miles were uphill but fairly gentle until the last 3 miles into town.  Of course, our motel is at the top end of town – more uphill.  Ouray is at an elevation of 8711 feet and tomorrow we go to 10,000 plus.  We saw plenty of snow along side the road yesterday and we will probably see more tomorrow.

Ride the Rockies – day 2

This is a day late as I could not get to the internet yesterday.  The ride was from Grand Junction to Delta across the Grand Mesa.  This has to be the most difficult 94 miles I have ever done.  GJ elevation is about 4600 feet and we went from that elevation to 10,839.  The climb was in the last 25 miles.  We experienced rain, snow, hail, fog and pain.  I missed the rain and snow but Nicole was in both.  I have done some other rides in the Rockies but not like this one.  My time was about 9 hours with all the stops and Nicole finished 1 1/2 hours ahead of me.

Ride the Rockies – day 1

The first day was through the Colorado National Monument.  The steep climb was about 8 miles, then the rest of the climb was 8.5 miles.  The view from the top was spectacular and the edge of the road was frightening as it was straight down a longgggg ways.  There was rain predicted so Nicole and I went as fast as we could on the down hill; consequently we missed the rain and hail – horray!  The total miles were 47.5 which included riding back to the motel.  The overall average speed was 14.6 mph –  the climb was very slow but the downhill was fun.  Tomorrow is the toughest day with 94 miles and almost 11,000 feet to the top – more on that tomorrow.

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