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Old 08-17-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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24 hour break from earning a living in Colorado

Finishing a brick job Saturday a little after noon it was hot in town (82 degrees), I decided to pack up the DR, looking forward to cooler temps, and rolled towards a road I've been wanting to do for over a decade.



Only forty and a few miles from the house I found myself on the Hermit road.




Headed into the Sangre de Cristo mountains.




















Raspberry.




Starting to push the treeline.


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Old 08-17-2014, 05:14 PM   #2
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The consistent storms and the never ending work has had this self employed man running this year, I needed a break!








As the trees went away the focus on the summit was becoming.












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Old 08-17-2014, 05:36 PM   #3
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Knowing at this point I will be sleeping above the trees, it was a matter of how far will I make it.
















Keeping an eye on suitable sites in case that unobtainable obstacle shows up.








At this point I am rewarded every yard.








Megan lake, the head of North Taylor creek.




Spread Eagle peak.




Rito Alto Peak 13,794'.




And I reach Hermit pass, the GPS has an elevation of 13,047, the end of the road.
Looking into the San Luis valley.



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Old 08-17-2014, 05:47 PM   #4
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The rewards will continue into the evening.
















Tombstones of geology on the mountain top.












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Old 08-17-2014, 06:00 PM   #5
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Time to set up, have a drink and shoot (the camera).



















35 degree differential so far.......

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Shade and shadows to the east, and rays of light from the west.








I have no words to describe the next few, only praise and thanks to the ALMIGHTY TRINITY!




















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Old 08-17-2014, 06:17 PM   #7
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:30 PM   #8
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Good morning!



Windy night and a 52 degree differential in less than 24 hours, I am alive!





































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Old 08-17-2014, 06:35 PM   #9
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Just like riding up and visiting God for a while. Amazing .
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:41 PM   #10
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Part of the planning and logistics of this short getaway was the location of the Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church. I rolled off the mountain top for a higher goal.


















After Praise and Worship. I took a longer route through the Mosquito range to the house. arriving very close to 24 hours away.


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Old 08-17-2014, 09:29 PM   #11
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:08 AM   #12
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thanks for sharing. Colorado is so awesome. Makes me wonder why do I live in Illinois... ugh
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:21 AM   #13
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I look at this and think...I should move
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:15 PM   #14
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Beautiful. Going to ride Hermit this Saturday.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:07 AM   #15
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Those are some great photos! Stuck working the night shift in Northern Alberta, and that was just what I needed to see, the very reason we ride adventure bikes. Sometimes the greatest adventures are in our own back yards. Thanks for sharing that.


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