Short but Glorious
Since Friday’s ride had to go back over the top of Rabbit Ears Pass, it afforded a chance to see what I missed going downhill while I was speeding downhill on Wednesday. I found that I missed a really nice view!
I was a little worried about the climb out of Steamboat because it was a little steeper on this side, but the combination of a rest day on Thursday and the early morning hour made it quite manageable. I was toiling my way up at 6-8 mph, so the 7 miles of serious climbing took me about an hour.
As I started down, I couldn’t help but think that it was going to be a fun rest of the day. I really didn’t realize quite how much fun it might be!
We turned off Highway 40 onto 14 about halfway down from the summit and began a loop back to the north along a long valley surrounded by mountains on just about all sides. Indian sage was the primary vegetation again, and those rolling hills on each side were as pretty as they get. The highway was mostly smooth, and either downhill or mostly flat for about 35 miles.
If I had any complaints about today, it would simply be that there was too much eye candy! As we got closer to our destination town of Walden, I noticed lots of green hay fields on either side and the entrances to really large looking ranches.
I pulled into Walden just around 11:30, which meant we had a pretty long afternoon in a pretty small place! It was just the right thing for resting for the next day’s century!
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