Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: lakewood, CO, USA
Re: 125,235 feet in one day?
It's good to see people enjoying the roads that take us places. I agree that every area has it's good and bad areas. No one likes riding in city traffic.
I recently rode out to LA from Denver. 1022 miles according to the map I70 to I15. It only took me 1945 miles and 8 days. Orvis Hot Springs was the most relaxing place I stayed on my way. Hite was fantastic under a full moon as was Escalante, Lees Ferry and the South Rim with the Milky Way out in it's glory. The fall colors were great. A great ride.
Colorado has one feature that no other place that I'm aware has, MANY paved roads at elevation. There is something about riding to the top of a 14 thousand foot mountain, a 12,000 foot pass, on top of the world. With so many high passes and mountain tops that you can get to in a short time on good roads, that's why I like the ride up and back down! Never a straight road. Maybe that's why I change tires so often??
One issue is the winter! Time to ski which is just as much fun! Oh, wait!! It snows in the summer up on Trail Ridge at 12,100+. Your in Estes Park wearing shorts and tee shirt and head over to Grand Lake. Time to gear up for rain, sleet and snow on the way up and gear down because you'll be back in your shorts and tee shirt in Grand Lake (about 35-40 miles). But if your there, might as well head over to the hot springs.
Did I say hot springs? That's another reason to go riding in Colorado. Hot springs are located up in them thar hills! Ride a while and soak a while. Ride some more, soak some more. What the heck, were spending the night!!! Try a hot spring tour for several days, you'll be glad you did! Nothing better than relaxing in hot natural spring water after a great day!!!
Winter and mountain weather are the only negatives I can think of.