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Old 07-21-2011, 07:57 PM   #53
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Days 8 & 9, Part 1

Today is Saturday. Plan was to ride as much of the RT as we could, see what progress we could make, then start our trek back to Denver, sleep wherever night caught us and get back to the storage unit and catch a Sunday evening flight to New Orleans. Helmet cam died on us, looked like no memory left, so you will miss a couple of great ...

RT pics from South Colony TH to the Middle Taylor Creek area:





Good thing about the RT is that after it kicks your behind, you can rest a bit though places like this:



Then it kicks you again:



And again:





We almost bailed out at the Alvarado TH, but decided to keep rolling to the next bailout point. Here's the final picture of us on the RT, right on the intersection between the RT (straight ahead) and Middle Taylor Creek Road/SR 160 (to the right):



In all honesty and despite the enthusiasm, we were just tired. Too ambitious to think we would finish the whole RT, plus the hike, plus riding to and from Denver on dirt, plus Medano Pass,plus Greenhorn, rain delay, etc. in 6 days. We probably needed three more days. We didn't even explore all the trails in the various areas we rode by...which is the lure of Colorado.

Middle Taylor Creek Road looking east into the valley:



On the way to Westcliff on 160 looking east:



And looking west saying good bye to the Sangre de Cristo Mnts and the RT :



Great and at Westcliff's Poag Mahone's (beer, burger and soup were excellent, a great way to celebrate the RT and refuel for the rest of the day)

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