Here's one sample, a loop that will be mostly new to me. It starts near Silverton. It follows one of the highest segments of the Colorado Trail between 12,000 and 13,000 feet. Some of the rollers up top will likely involve hike-a-bike due to lack of air. Almost the whole loop is above treeline. This portion of the CT is "threatened" by wilderness designation, so the days may be numbered that cyclists can ride it.
Silverton up to Stony Pass, CT to Cataract Lake, Pole Creek
down, then Stony Pass Rd back up and over the divide.
We'll need a near flawless weather forecast day to ride this loop, as this is the most exposed piece of the CT with no quick bail-outs off the ridge if lightning starts. Forecast for next week looks like the summer monsoons are still lingering on. We'll no doubt have a few nice days and will have to play it by ear which days we do the high loops.
There is also a great deal of low-country riding in southwest Colorado too. There's Phil's World near Cortez, and numerous trail systems accessible right from downtown in Durango. We'll be hitting at least one of these areas. If it's raining in the mountains, good bet we can head south an hour to Farmington, NM, to ride the Glades and Alien trail. Very much like Fruita for readers familiar with that destination.
Bikes arrived a few days ago (only $49 via FedEx ground with no insurance!). Non-stop flights on Southwest are always nice too. If all goes well, 24hrs from now we'll go out for a little test ride in Salida to make sure bikes are ready for a big day on Monday. Hopefully I can get a few anti-social blocks of time to put a few posts up.
Six riding days. Will this fit in one checked bag plus small
backpack? We'll find out shortly.