Colorado! Snow and brutal cycling conditions.
Made it to Colorado! Started in Rawlins, WY and had an extremely tough day today; snowing heavily, lots of elevation, cold, muddy tracks destroying my gears, 80 to 90 miles… No place I’d rather be. Started at first light and arrived at Brush Mountain Lodge in the dark.
Stopping for lunch
Aspen Alley (8500 feet or so)
Had to boil water to get this hideous mix of ice, snow, rocks, grit, and road grime on both the front and back gears. At one stage I could only use one gear. It didn’t take long to lock up again.
At the lower altitudes, it was horrifically muddy and tediously slow
Final muddy road up to the lodge; road became more and more primitive, mutilating my gears and reducing me to below 3mph. Was greatly amused when a couple of hunters passed me in their warm vehicle: “what the F. are you doing?”. Glad you asked, I was just asking myself that same question…
Now in the lodge with my feet up. Bed tonight; a rare treat. They’ve not seen anyone on cycling this trail since the beginning of September. In fact they’ce never had a cyclist this late in the year. For a good reason.