We woke up in Creede, had a great breakfast across the street from our motel, did some shopping, and headed out on the road. A great day of riding along the wide valley of the Rio Grande. Got some ice cream at a resort, then began a long climb up to the Continental Divide. It also looked like we were about to encounter the first real weather of the trip – at one point it seemed like we were surrounded by dark rain clouds, but somehow managed to keep relatively clear skies above us and only had a few sprinkles.
A mile from the top and we spotted a familiar minivan – Morgan and Joey hath returned! They had done a road trip to Silverton and the million dollar highway, to raving reviews. Unfortunately, Joey was still on the DL, so he stayed in the van while Morgan rode with us to Spring Creek pass (10,898 feet) on the divide, where we made camp for the night. Certainly a chilly night up that high, but it was worth it for the views! From now on, our pee flows to the Pacific!
On Tuesday morning (brr!) we made breakfast on the pass, and then took off on the bikes for an 800 foot descent before beginning the 5 mile climb up to Slumgullion Pass – 11,530 feet. The climb wasn’t too bad, especially since the scenery was so gorgeous – aspen-covered mountains as far as the eye could see. Morgan joined us on the ascent while Joey drove the welcome wagon. We finally made it to the top, and Morgan and Joey switched off as we took off down one of the most amazing descents I’ve done -3000 feet over 10 miles, with smooth pavement and wide turns and beautiful views the whole way down. Eventually we made it into Lake City, but not before spying a moose across the canyon!
We lunched in Lake City before saying goodbye to Morgan and Joey, who needed to return to Albuquerque for Joey’s sister’s wedding. Andrew and I piddled around for a bit – visiting the bakery twice! – before heading down the road on a gentle descent before we came to a nice BLM campground on the river.