So after grabbing a few more supplies,
We headed north.
And stumbled across this:
Which I had heard of, but never seen.
I think he would fit right in downstairs in CS&M:
That wasn't planned, and we did spend a bit of time poking around there, so it was already midafternoon by the time we hit Silver City/Westcliffe. An awesome burrito (which I failed to photograph), and we were headed up Hermit Road:
Piece of cake...
It got steeper and rockier fast. Not terrible, but about as much as I wanted with the 800 fully loaded. It was certainly enough to confirm my opinion that I need a suspension upgrade; it was very choppy over the rocks.
Before long we had our first bit of foreshadowing: