Our final ride in Colorado was the Mineral Belt Trail, a favorite of ours. It’s about 12 miles of paved path that takes you around the edge of Leadville and through all of it’s mining history. Following the ride as is our tradition we ate at the Golden Burro. We also checked out Periodic Brewing the (world’s highest craft brewery) and the historic Silver Dollar Saloon and the Manhattan.
Our 4th ride on this trip was the Ten Mile Canyon Trail. We rode from Frisco up to Copper Mountain where we waited out rain before heading back. Back in Frisco we had lunch at the Moose Jaw and then headed towards Breckenridge. We got about halfway before a storm chased us back.
After 2 days in Colorado Springs we headed for the familiar territory of Summit County. Our first ride was Williams Peak. I would call this a jeep road. 25 or so years ago my Dad and I rode this from it’s start at the highway up about 5 miles and back. This time Nova and I drove 6 miles up before starting our ride. We thought we’d be riding along the top or ridge but we still encountered quite a bit of climbing and the road seemed to be getting worse. We turned around when we started to do more pushing than riding. A fairly short but beautiful ride.
The first video is of our travel day, the 2nd video the ride.
Day 2 in Colorado Springs. Our plan was to ride an old railroad grade outside of town. When at the trail head putting the front wheel on my bike the axle nut strippped. I couldn’t come up with a fix so back to town we went to a bike shop to get a new nut. Once that was done we decided to just stay in town and ride the New Santa Fe Regional Trail from our hotel. This dirt trail goes north and takes you out of town passing through the Air Force Academy. Once back in town we had dinner at Trinity Brewing company. This was a fun trail.
We took off for Colorado as we do every few summers to escape the heat at home. We decided to first go to Colorado Springs as we’d only passed through before and never spent any time there. Doing a little research prior it looked like they had a nice trail system. This vacation also became a brewery tour. On the way to Colorado we stopped in Dodge City, KS and had a beverage at the new Dodge City Brewery.
In Colorado Springs we stayed at the Comfort Inn North which was right about where the Pikes Peak Greenway and the New Santa Fe Regional Trail meet. Together these trails/paths run across town North to South. The trail is literally right out the hotels back door. Awesome!
Day one in Colorado Springs we headed south which is the Pikes Peak Greenway. We rode it to the south end of town and then headed back north stopping downtown to check out a couple breweries (Fieldhouse & Phantom Ranch), eat lunch and explore.
As for the bike I took as I know some will wonder…
I was getting ready to put the bike I usually take on trips (my old Specialized hybrid) in to the truck to leave and noticed the rear wheel was out of true and then found a broken spoke. I didn’t have a replacement spoke and didn’t want to wait around home for a bike shop to open or have to deal with it out of town, so I just grabbed the only other bike I have that has multiple gears which was this mutant. I was really pleased with how well it did considering it’s a cheap bike that I’ve hacked and welded on. About a week prior I had to replace the 7 speed freewheel on the bike as the old one fell apart. My bike shop gave me a used one which just happen to have the big jump to the 1st gear which I believe Shimano calls the Mega Range Super Low and what I call the “bail out” gear. Being only a 7 speed this really came in handy later in the trip when we did some climbing.
On to the video and photos…
The first video is of our travel day, the second is the ride.
The first 6 photos are from our travel day.
Memorial weekend we attended our 5th Pedaler’s Jamboree in Missouri. The Pedaler’s Jamboree is a 2 day ride on the KATY trail with music, food and beer stops along the way. As always we had a great time. It was nice seeing old friends and making new. We really appreciate the people that watch our videos and approach us on the ride.
I’ll let the video and photos tell the rest of the story.
The final stop on our Fall trip was in Nashville where we rode the Cumberland River Greenway and around town. Once at music row we parked the bikes and spent the afternoon and evening walking around checking out the live music.
Ride 7 and the last ride of our Fall vacation was the Muskegon Lakeshore Trail, along Lake Michigan and around the town of Muskegon, Michigan.
Ride 6 of our Fall vacation was around Racine, Wisconsin and along Lake Michigan and the Root River trail. There was more riding than this video would lead you to believe but a lot of it was urban and not much to see so I didn”t film it.