"And the Colorado Rocky Mountain High…"
Cache la Poudre Canyon
After a beautiful sunrise ride across Rabbit Ears Pass, followed by a high mountain ride into Walden, CO, I rode east on CO-14 through the Cache la Poudre Canyon (also a scenic byway of the same name), which is stunning, especially for motorsports enthusiasts and fly fishermen. The Poudre weaves its way through the canyon and into Fort Collins. In June, the east side of the Canyon would be decimated by the High Park Fire that began in Fort Collins.
I grabbed a bite to eat in downtown Fort Collins, checked the line to the Rocky Mountain National Park‘s Trail Ridge Road, and learned that it was still closed. I made the decision to try a new route by heading to Estes Park, then south to Nederland. It was a fantastic ride, although I did notice the increased traffic associated with being on the Front Range.
It had been 10 years since I had traveled Berthoud Pass. It never disappoints, and on this day, it was spectacular. The clouds parted, the sun shone brightly, and traffic was relatively light. On the way back to Steamboat via US-40, I drove through Granby and noticed that from that west side view of Rocky Mountain National Park, there was definite reason that Trail Ridge Road was closed – the clouds had socked in above 9,000 feet.
Winter Park to Steamboat
I’ve always thought that the stretch of US-40 from Winter Park to Steamboat is a fantastic stretch of road. I made a significant mistake when I rode it, and that mistake was not to stop and capture some stills as the spring light hit the hills, particularly the curves around the Wolford Mountain Reservoir. It was breathtaking.
The Day : Weather
|Location||State||High (F)||Low (F)||Precipitation (in)||Max Wind (mph)|
The Day : Images
The Day : GPS
|Avg Speed||28.9 mph|
|Moving Speed||45.9 mph|
|Elevation Max||11,326 ft|
|Elevation Min||4,941 ft|
|Elevation Gain||43,080 ft|
|Elevation Loss||43,086 ft|