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post #1 of 6 Old May 3rd, 2013, 9:34 am Thread Starter
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Summer Solstice Ride 2013

Several years ago, I did an epic solstice ride in the Colorado Rockies. One day over 12 different passes totaling 125,000+ feet of pass elevation. Crossed the Continental Divide 6 times. It was a 620 mile, 13 hour day. The longest day!

I have a route for this years solstice ride totaling 16 passes with 8 crossings of the divide. It's a monster! 620 miles to do 12 passes and to do 16 passes will take me and the LT all day long. That's why I'll do it on the solstice. I'll start 5AM and finish?????

Here's The route: Juniper, Gueanella, Kenosha, Red Hill, Currant Creek, Monarch, North, Spring, Sulmgullion, Cottonwood, Trout Creek, Hoosier, Vail, Tennessee, Freemont and Loveland. I may start/finish the day in Buena Vista instead of at home (Denver suburbs) just to save some time and my butt.

Should be an epic day of riding the Rockies!!!

Anyone interested in doing this take warning! This is a LONG DAY!!! Can't stop much if doing the route in ONE DAY! Weather will be cold in morning going over 11,000+ passes to start and then warm to hot to rain and maybe some snow in the afternoon into evening over 12,000 foot passes (cottonwood, loveland).

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!! Unless you live in Colorado!!!! I love this place!!!

I invite all you flat landers to come on up and enjoy the high country!!1

Enjoy the adventure!
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post #2 of 6 Old May 7th, 2013, 11:43 am Thread Starter
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Re: Summer Solstice Ride 2013

The attached file is from my 125,235 feet, 12 passes in one day ride that I rode.

The 16 pass, 173,306 feet in one day ride will be an adventure. Especially with the cold wet spring we've had here. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is still open and the reported 2 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 hours this morning. I'll be watching the weather in mid/late June to pick the day I tackle this adventure! The loop is about 790 miles with out crossing the same pass twice or traveling the same direction on any highway. I'll be back tracking the opposite direction on a couple sections of highway.

Just another adventure riding the Rockies!
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post #3 of 6 Old May 8th, 2013, 11:28 pm
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Re: Summer Solstice Ride 2013

Enjoy the ride and more power to ya.

I did a 12 hour day one time trying to get back home for an emergency at work. I couldn't hardly stand up straight when I got off the bike. Won't ever do that again, my 50+ year old back just can't take it. But those passes must be excellent.


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Re: Summer Solstice Ride 2013

I did a Rockies ride last summer with friends from NE. I was great...In and out of sprinkles / light rain to nice sun shine. I will map your ride for another day..Enjoy

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post #5 of 6 Old May 29th, 2013, 2:14 pm Thread Starter
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I failed in my 16 pass ride yesterday. After 5 passes I realized that going over 16 passes in one day was not going to happen for me. Too long of a day for my old butt/back. It was a nice idea but it turn into a pass to far.

I have put this ride to bed knowing my 12 pass ride will be my high water mark for a long day on the LT.

Enjoy your riding adventures!!
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post #6 of 6 Old May 29th, 2013, 7:39 pm
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Good luck on your upcoming ride. Mine will be to D2D in Dawson City.

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