Over the hump

Greetings from crazy expensive Vail, Colorado! I made it over the passes! Here’s highlights from the past few days. On Friday, i rode through the town of black hawk, co, infamous for banning bikes on city streets. Wikipedia quotes a city council member straight up staying “this is in the best interest of the casinos.” The ban was overturned by the Colorado supreme Court, but they left the stupid “no bikes” signs up. Turns out they also made a crazy steep grade for 2 miles to get out of town, which the courts seem to have upheld.
I’ve ridden along some really sweet bike paths, including a 25 or so mile path over vail pass that rides like a roller coaster through the woods! Unfortunately, i got news that one of the highlights of my route, the bike path through glenwood Canyon, is under water. Colorado got 150% of their snowpack, so flooding has been a common theme. We’ll see what happens when i get there – I’ll likely need to hitch.
So far, it’s been really gorgeous, although tough, riding through the mountains. I’m glad to be heading downhill now.

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Boo!
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Snow on the bike path
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Top of the world!

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Flooded bike path. Wish i had a pic of me riding through this while holding my front panniers!
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Avalanche on the bike path!
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It's not all ice and snow, see
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Ice on the lake!

1 thought on “Over the hump”

  1. crossed your blog looking for bicycle tourist. Will keep following your journey to Portland. Wish I was right behind you pedaling myself.
    Cheers from Escondido ,Ca

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