The only mistake I made was starting the long climb up to Telluride with no food on the bike. I kept thinking it was on 14 miles and I would eat when i got there. It's funny how much steeper and longer a climb feels on a bike than a car... I should have stopped at the store in Placerville or Sawpitt.
I camped in the park just a few hundred meters north of downtown. no one seemed to mind. I was wandering around at 6:30 waiting for the coffee shop to open for the ride home. I had to wait for the sun to hit the road before I started riding. It as 1C and too cold traveling down canyon at 55 kmph without the sun.
Overall a great training ride. this week I'm planning on a three day ride to Del Norte and back. a section of which will be on the actual Tour Divide Route. If it's still too muddy I may have to do a different ride. snow and rain everyday here in the San Juans still . the ride to Del Norte goes over several passes above 3200 m.
|looking back towards Montrose on the 1000M climb up the plateau.|
|my desk job|
|Telluride gas station. Full bike set up #waltworks #alpineluddites|
|Alpine Luddites custom Pringles holder|
|Telluride at 6:45 AM.|
|Tour Divide racer after tactical error|
|CO 62 on the pass heading back to Ridgway.|
|breakfast of champions|