As usual I head west into the Park and on over Trail Ridge. It is a Sunday and a lot of people in cars are up here, but, everybody is very kind to this slow moving dude pedaling on up the mountain. The bike and gear always looks so neat and organized at the start of a tour.
About my set up here. I originally was going to take Ogre because my original ride had some dirt roads involved up above Steamboat over Buffalo Pass. That was nixed so I geared up the LHT since it was all going to be on pavement. I put on my front rack which creates a whole different ride to get used to. Wow!! that first morning with panniers on the front was a crazy feeling to master again. I was all over the road wobbling!! Last time I had those on was when I rolled down through Teesie's neighborhood, What was that Teesie?? Four, five, summers ago??
Here I am past Forest Canyon overlook looking forward to getting to Rock Cut where there is a bit of some downhill to get you to the last push to the high point.
Just some pictures of what you get to see as you pedal over the rooftop of Colorado.
Coming up on Rock Cut and the nice down hill break
The last push going up past Lava Cliffs and then the high point.
|Looking west to The Never Summer Mountains|
|Looking back to the east|
|Looking back to the high point, 12,000 some feet of elevation|
Whew!! Time to head down, down, down. Rode my brakes a bit to begin as I had to get a feel for the bike again with that weight on the front wheel.
I got to Grand Lake and stopped at a deli for sandwich and got another one for dinner at my campsite. I tried a different campground than last year and it was very nice with my site being right on the lakeside of Lake Granby.
Good first day, I slept pretty well after the storm blew through.
Thanks for reading, We'll pick it up again tomorrow