I barely slept last night because it was so cold. I decided to get up early in hopes that I might be able to complete two segments today. Spoiler alert: I didn’t. I got my stove going and had the best bowl of oatmeal ever, but soon I was freezing again. I bundled everything I had, but was still freezing. Oh well, I set off anyways. After an hour or two, the sun finally came out and started warming up. The riding was pretty nice today. I stayed on the road coming out of Lake City and crossed over Cinnamon Pass. I had been looking forward to Black Bear Pass, which is supposed to be really tough, but when I get there it was closed. Too bad, as it’s supposed to have an awesome, nearly straight down view into Telluride and you get to see Bridal Veil Falls. So I went back the ‘normal’ way over Ophir Pass. Later on I ended up on an OHV trail that despite being over 9000ft, had a lot of mud. The new (used) tire was pretty helpful here, and kept me from getting stuck. I did have two lay downs, one of which ended up breaking the mount on my GPS phone. I had to take a few minutes and transfer my GPS tracks and maps to my regular cell phone via Bluetooth so I could navigate the rest of the day until I had a chance to try to fix the mount. I noticed that the foliage was starting to give way to a slightly more arid looking scene over time. At one point I popped out on the other side of this canyon/valley, and I find myself in flat farmland just like Oklahoma. The scenery really changed quickly. I rode for a while through fields until I came to my stopping point in Dove Creek, CO. I got a $45 motel and had dinner at the “Dinner Bell” where I was the only customer. The motel room is truly the smallest I’ve ever seen, but the price is right and they have wifi.
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One of the Steves’ here. See you’ve not posted since 9/11. What’s up!!
Steve, I’ve been writing on my computer, but I rarely have the combination of energy and good wifi connection to actually post online. Doing so tonight! Left the trail in Northern California and currently in San Francisco.