To The Summit (part 3)
Part 1 Starts here:
Day 7 - Time to do more passes.
I Get up fairly early, eat a few eggs and sausage and head out on a route I have mapped out.
From Copper I head south on Hwy 91 over Fremont, this pass is nothing but a huge mine on both side of the road. Ugly.
91 winds down into Leadville, I gas 'er up before heading into the wilderness.
I got a little lost heading out of Leadville, I got on 300 Rd. instead of CR 4. I eventually get there. CR 4 is nicely paved, and turns to gravel when it turns into FR 105/ Hagerman Pass Rd.
FR105 / Hagerman Pass Rd a nice road. . . . for now.
And a little farther up. Quite a bit of the ride up was like this. I took it low and slow.
Turquoise Lake in the background.
My spankin' new Heidenau doin' what it's suppose to do. Just sittin' there lookin' cool.
My first snow tunnel. . . . well on a mountain. . . . on a bike.
At the pass.
A gratuitous water crossing on the way down.
After a long ride down off the west side of the mountain, it was just as bumpy, but longer. I finally hit smooth gravel again when Hagerman Pass Rd. changes to Frying pan Rd. This road leads east from Basalt on Hwy. 82 about 35 miles until it hits Hagerman Pass Rd. Which means, for the most part it is a 35 mile long dead end Rd. When it changed to pavement it was fairly new, and when it went around the Ruedi Reservoir was the best riding road on my trip, no traffic what so ever. Hammer time.
After riding through Basalt and getting on Hwy 82 south I got through snooty patootie Aspen ASAP, and to Independence Pass. The road leading up to this pass turns to single lane at times. fantastic twists if you can keep the cars & RV's at bay, no commercial traffic is allowed on this section.
I finished Hwy. 82 to Hwy. 24 north, back through Leadville, and continued on 24 north, over another pass that just seemed like a small rise, then decent.
This took me to I - 70 right outside Vail. A quick squirt over Vail Pass and I was back at the rally site. Some nice belgian beers and fish tacos for dinner, I served to some newly made friends.
Day 8 - Mt. Evans
Another early start, this time I find a nice diner in Georgetown. Good food!
After this I head east to Idaho Springs and take 103 to the south, this winds beautifully up to CR 475 / Mt. Evans Rd, The entrance to Mt. Evans NP, 14 miles up the highest paved road in North America.
And one more pass for the hell of it.
I made it back to the rally site for another afternoon & night of carousing.
The rally awards are tonight, and I won a gift certificate for $450 from Gerbing heated clothing, Wooo friggin' Hooo, I was planning on getting heated gloves this fall, and my heated grip warps went south on this trip.
Day 9 - It's cold out
I load up all my gear really early, and head down the road. I stop in Georgetown at the same B'fast joint and warm up.
On the slab. . . . all day. . . . I - 70 to I -76 to I - 80. By the time I got to North Platte, NE it was 105, I was stopping every 45 minutes and drenching my shirt with cold water, all the way to Adair, IA. I found a flea bag, and collapsed after a a quick dinner at the local ice cream shop.
Day 10 - Sunny & warm
I - 80 all the way across Iowa to hwy 151north to the Cross Plains exit in Wisconsin.