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Old 09-16-2010, 01:29 PM   #104
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Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Salida, coloRADo
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This is where the trail gets rough.

Steep downhill, rock infested switchbacks. I. was. bonked. I rode up to the first one and knew that riding it would just mean me falling, with a possible long tumble; it's a long way down from up there. I got off the bike and walked it around the first couple of switchbacks, rode one, walked another, then it's a blur. Thanks for waiting for me, Miguel. Damn I was feeling old about then.

Of course, we didn't take any pics of the tricky switchbacks. Miguel did get a shot of one rocky piece- not the hardest spot by any means, but it gives you an idea of the relentless rocks:

We finally hit the Tomichi Pass road, and I took a little break. Cliff bar, water, cool off without the helmet for a minute, and I was ready to roll.

Over Tomichi pass:

...and onto Hancock Pass:

From there it was down through St. Elmo and county backroads to Salida, where a cold beer or two were waiting.

Thanks again for going Miguel. I can't think of a better way to spend a day!
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