Sunday, July 7, 2013

Colo CDT Days 4-5

Day 4 - Lynx Pass

Today's start was the small town of Stagecoach that had cut ski runs at one time for a resort that never happened. 
Lynx Pass is a fairly mellow climb following Morrison Creek through some scenic alpine meadows and ranches in the 7000 - 9000ft range with wildflowers popping out all over.  

Towards the top we met Mark and Bruce from Upstate NY who were three weeks into the Ride the Divide race. It sounded like things weren't exactly going as planned, but they were determined to finish. 

We ended the day near Rock Creek after learning that a car was stuck in it and probably wouldn't be passable for us. 

Day 5 - to Kreming

This day was a long one, especially climbing out of Radium. It started on CR 212 near Gore Pass and rolled around for a while through the Aspens before beginning the long descent into Radium at the Colorado River. 

The views from the top of the descent to the river were spectacular, but all I could think at the time was "if it is like this climbing out the other side, it's gonna be a long day". 

Fortunately, the road climbing out the other side wasn't quite as steep and winding as I thought it would be. Turns out it was only slightly less steep and relentlessly long. Luckily it was overcast and cool, otherwise it could have been brutal. 

A rest break at Inspiration Point lookout inspired me to do things like swim in tranquil seas all morning and drink beer in a hammock all afternoon. 

The payoff was a huge downhill to the intersection of CR 1 and Hwy 9 just outside of Kremmling. Marking the end of section 1. 

Section 2 is Kremmling to Salida. 

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