Our final ride of our Summer vacation in Colorado 2013.
After Glenwood Springs we headed to Summit County to ride the Lake Dillon Loop. This is a 18 mile ride around the lake, mostly on paths and bike lanes. If you ride the loop clockwise like we did, there is an on road descent on Swan Mountain road (there is a bike lane on just one side of the road). We started in Frisco at an elevation of around 9,000 feet. This ride has a pretty good climb up Swan Mountain with an elevation gain of 1,100 feet. Whew! Once back in Frisco we rode around town and ate at Ollie’s Pub & Grub. After lunch we took off to ride the Ten Mile Canyon trail but it started to rain so we turned around and rode back to the hotel and called it a day after 25 miles.
Summer vacation in Colorado 2013.
While in Glenwood Springs we decided to ride the Glenwood Canyon Trail which we’d ridden once before back in 2006. It’s just too nice of a trail to pass up. The trail is paved and runs 16 miles East out of Glewnwood Springs through Glenwood Canyon, sharing the canyon with the Colorado River, Interstate 70 and a railroad. The canyon provides you with beautiful scenery and it’s fun to watch the many whitewater rafters on the river. Just like the Rio Grande trail we rode the day before, this trail is a busy one.
We rode the trail out and back and upon our return to town went to Sunlight bike shop to have them replace a broken spoke in my rear wheel. I don’t know how long I’d been riding this way.
Our next stop on our Colorado 2013 trip was in Glenwood Springs to ride the Rio Grande Trail. This rail-to-trail runs 42 miles between the towns of Glenwood Springs and Aspen with some segments along the Raging Fork river. It is paved from Glenwood Springs to near Aspen where it turns to gravel. We decided riding it out and back in one day was too much for us to do enjoyably. There was also the option of catching a bus to shuttle us but we decided instead to just ride part of the trail starting 12 miles away in the town of Carbondale and ride to Aspen and back to Carbondale for a total of 56 miles. We spotted our first ever Black Bear which was probably the high point of the ride. The low was when it hailed and rained on us. It’s a nice trail with great scenery and it’s a busy trail even on a weekday.
Summer vacation in Colorado 2013. The first trail we rode was the Mineral Belt Trail in Leadville which is one of our favorite rides. It’s a paved 12 mile loop around the city, with climbing, coasting, curves, beautiful scenery and lots of mining history which is well documented along the trail. All at an altitude of 10,000+ feet. As is our tradition, we followed up the ride with a visit to the Golden Burro for lunch. As a bonus to our stop in Leadville the town was having its Boom Days festival.
I was going through some old slides and come across the above photo. Every time we ride in Leadville, Colorado we reward ourselves with food and drink at the Golden Burro Cafe. At an altitude of 10,152 feet, I have to stop and catch my breath between bites. We always acclimate a day or two at a little lower elevation before attempting to ride around Leadville.
A more recent photo of the cafe from another trip. Nova heading towards our reward.
The last ride on our trip was Thursday which was a out and back ride that was on gravel and forest roads in Grand county Colorado. The ride takes you to the top of Dice Hill which seemed more like a mountain than a hill. It was a pretty challenging climb for us. It was a 12 mile ride total with a climb of 1768 ft.
The next stop on our trip is Frisco Colorado. Today we rode from Frisco, through Copper Mountain (10 Mile Canyon Trail) and to the top of Vail pass and back. I think the elevation gain is 1500 feet with the elevation at the top of Vail Pass being 10554 feet. Once back to Frisco we ate lunch at the Moose Jaw. After lunch we took a stroll through Frisco then got back on the bikes and rode to Breckenridge (Blue River Bikeway) and back. Total we rode 44 miles. It was 20 years ago that we first rode these same trails.
Today while driving from Laramie, WY to Frisco, CO we decided to take a detour into Steamboat Springs for lunch. While driving through town we spotted a bike path so after lunch we did an impromptu ride along the entire Yampa Core Trail which follows the Yampa river. This was a 13 mile ride. After the ride we were back on the road to Frisco stopping at Murphy’s for dinner in Silverthorne.
On our way back home from Ft Collins and the TDF last weekend we stopped in Boulder to check out University Bicycles. One of the nicer shops we’ve visited. A nice collection of vintage bikes hang from the ceiling and a lot of cool bicycle decor everywhere.
This Labor Day weekend we took off for Ft Collins, Colorado to attend the Tour De Fat put on by the New Belgium Brewery (makers of Fat Tire and many other beers). This was our 4th TDF, our 2nd in Ft Collins (the Mother Ship) and the biggest one yet. What a great time! They estimate 15,000 bikes rode in the parade. Food, beer, vaudeville acts, great costumes and bikes, music by Mucca Pazza and a lot more. A few others from our bike club were also there.
Riding in the parade…
We stopped to watch just a small fraction of the the parade go by…