Another beautiful morning riding through North Park. I am heading back east towards the mountains.
This is the western side of the Never Summer Range that I showed you from the top of Trail ridge a few days ago. Seems like a long ride away at this point.
Colorado Highway 14 was today's (and tomorrow!) ride and it was a fine road. No bump-bump. It was a gradual uphill heading back to the mountains and eventually Cameron Pass at the top of Poudre Canyon. Very little traffic and I sure just enjoyed cruising along, setting my own pace, and enjoying the countryside.
In between CO 14 and CO 125 lies the Arapahoe Nature Preserve, a huge area of acres set aside for habitat. Deer, Moose. Antelope, Prairie Chickens to name a few.
Sneaking up on those mountains!
One of the few places open in Gould, you can share your Tee-Pee with this nice horse!!
When my boys were Boy Scouts we had our winter Klondike campout near Gould here at the Community center. Those were some COLD nights out and this picture is for them!!
Here we go!!
I met a nice couple on their bike Friday's out for a day ride. They lived in Gould and worked in the hay business and were enjoying their first day off in a month. They said they liked riding up to the top of the pass for their fun rides.
This side of Cameron is scenic.
And then.....the top!!
There is about two miles of flat on the top as you go by Joe Wright Reservoir.
Then the most beautiful sign that every tour cyclist dreams about!!!
And then this....brand new asphalt!!!
Did I just enter cycling heaven???
The Poudre River and Poudre Canyon is a pretty special place. The river has National wild river status and the canyon has not been developed and ruined by the highway department or the Corps of Engineers. The Forest Service has done an outstanding job designating small camp areas and day use picnic areas all along the river. It is a beautiful place.
I think this fellow forgot to come back after going fishing!!
I slept well. At peace.