I will be re-posting Facebook posts here from my Colorado trip over September 4-17. FB purposefully buries content to keep you glued to feeds so you don't miss anything. Clever, but makes even your own content almost impossible to find later, never mind trying to share it outside your FB network. Posts here have permanent links and the content is Google searchable. My primary reason for re-posting here is so I have a handy reference later to refresh my memory what I covered on a particular trip. If you follow me on FB, you will have already seen the next sequence of posts. They will be back-dated to when the rides and hikes took place.
This was supposed to be a "shake-down" ride. Pick up bike, build at trailhead, go for short spin to make sure all is ok for big ride the next day. Except this turned out to be a big ride.
Much of the climbing and descending was very technical and steep. Going from 300ft to 11,000+ feet in hours didn't help. Had second worse altitude sickness ever. Felt on verge of puking with excruciating headache for last two hours. I've gone to 14,000ft before within 24hrs of arriving at altitude without issue. Go figure.
Anyway, gorgeous day, a little traffic first couple miles of trail, then huge blocks of time with perfect solitude late in day. The only thing that got shook down on this ride was my body!
|Approaching Georgia Pass, ridgeline on left|
|Looking over Georgia pass to northwest at Breckenridge|
|I was worried about snow on this trip but short sleeves above 11,000ft today|
|Heading down the CT east to pick up Jefferson Trail|
|Still snow melt going on! THis will probably not melt before winter|
|There must have been 20 switchbacks like this on Jefferson Trail. Many stream crossing too, with either rotted bridges or too sketchy for me to risk crash first day of trip. Very slow going|
|The season is changing|