|Set out this morning from Glenwood Springs, Colorado in the Western foothills of the Rockies. Sunny skies and warm temps prevailed. Had a great ride into the Rockies and through Independence Pass. This road crosses the Continental Divide at 12,000 feet elevation so we stopped and climbed the hill for the photo op. The winds were whipping and the temps were chilly but the camera called. Mary didn't have her winter beanie so she chose to hike up in her motorcycle helmet. Lots of pretty views, including the aspens yellowing up for the fall. A great road despite the ominous warnings from locals about the difficult conditions. The rivers were sparkling clear. Got a great photo of Dennis' watch and hand under the water. The mountains disappeared faster than we would have preferred as we moved into the flat lands of Eastern Colorado.
Best things about biking cross-country...
Fulfilling our Easy Rider ambitions...
Inhaling the local aromas... including the road-kill skunks.
Choosing your own music.
Avoiding the freeway and going off the beaten path.
Unbelievable stars, including the shooting kind, at night.
Feeling the road, especially those rolling, wide curves.
Sounds of the creeks, rivers, water falls and streams.
More up close and personal animal interactions.
Worst things about biking cross-country...
No climate control. You take what you get.
The intimate connection with the bugs that you kill along the way.
Up close and personal with the free range live stock.
No snacking while you ride.
Slow RV's.... Fast RV's... All RV's.