Over a year ago Kyle and I made a plan to ride the Rollins pass road over the top, Rollinsville to Winter Park. We had the logistics figured out with a shuttle driver being Kyle's girl friend, Lea, and we were set to go the first weekend in September. Then the flood hit and all normalcy of fun in life stopped for a while.
On to this year and Kyle and Lea both had job changes and it was tough to all coordinate the same day off. This Sunday it all came together for days off and we got this ride in! It was a bit frustrating because we have had two solid weeks of fantastic fall weather, cool mornings but warm and dry days. Of course our Sunday to ride had a cold front blowing in about noon with rain. So it goes....
Off we go from our start point, the famous Moffat Tunnel.
First part of the ride is up through the Ponderosa and Aspen forest.
We worked our way on up the road. The surface became a rock garden, pretty typical of a 4WD jeep road. Slowed our pace down picking a line through the rocks. There were about four or five of these cuts through the rocks. You can just see the RR tracks in your mind running through these cuts back in the day. It is cool for me to retrace these routes on my mountain bike
Then our cycling hero
Being a RR grade this road never got too steep, just a relentless up and up pace to the ride. The rocky surface made for some challenging cycling. Riding mountain bikes is more of a total body workout than road rides which are more about the legs.
We start to see the clouds moving in....either that or we are moving up and ready to ride up into the clouds!
After going over the top we hiked back to the tunnel to check it out. Sometime back in the 70's a rock came crashing down from top inside the tunnel so they closed it off and have now barricaded it to keep people out.
You can peer over the edge and look down on Yankee Doodle Lake where we were a bit ago.
No Way....this is the coolest thing I have ever ridden my bike over. Off to Kyle's right it drops off!!! I have seen pictures when the sun is out and this whole section is the one, flat, carved out part of the mountain. Steep going up to the left and steep going down to the right. For us today it was just a mysterious fog either way. probably made it easier to ride across because there was no vertigo to overcome!!
Here we go across the second trestle.
The rain was not so much a problem as the temp has dropped so much. It was cold, my bike computer told us 35 deg. Fortunately the driving rain was at our backs as we headed down, so, it could have been worse!
We both had winter pants in our bags but we both wanted to keep them warm and dry for something to put on for the end of the ride and the trip home. It was cold!!! I had three layers on....could have used one more...maybe a fleece vest.
No pictures going down as I put away the camera. We got back down in the trees and it stopped raining and even the sun popped out a bit but never really warmed up again.
Almost down, you can see the ski runs for Winter Park up in front of Kyle
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Have a great week!!