My San Juan backyard.........it's an amazing place to live.
It's been just over three weeks since I finished the CTR and I haven't really given the legs or body much recovery. It's just darn hard to stop going. With the Imogene Run coming up in a bit I decided to get out and run on Saturday. I ran 10 miles with 3k of climbing. The legs felt good. It is great living in Rico....step outside and run or ride right from the house without much traffic, etc.. I decided to skip driving over to Telluride to run Imogene and decided to run up an old mining road on the West side of Rico up to the Engels cabin. It's a pretty crappy rocked-out road with grades of 20% and more at times. Some dirty hippy artist chica was at the cabin painting. Her dawg decided to run with Shady and I up to the ridge line. I came back down making sure her dawg stayed with her. Shady and I continued back home. 2.5 hour run time.
Dan Holmes and I planned a big ride for Sunday. He is training for the Vapor Trail 125 which is on September 7th. I have finished the Vapor Trail the previous three years and decided to skip it this year opting for a 17 mile running race on Imogene. Hmmmmm...rethinking my thought process now. Dan is training and ramping up while I'm trying to recover from the CTR. Oh well. Lets do it. I knew my legs wouldn't feel great but I was riding the geared Kokopelli Bike so I figured our route couldn't be that hard. Right. Wrong.
We discussed riding from Rico up the highway over Lizard Pass to the town of Ophir, up Ophir Pass down to Silverton and head up the highway to Molas Pass continuing on the Colorado Trail back to Rico either down Circle Trail or Barlow depending on our time.
We left our hood at 7am pedaling up the highway. We made our way to Ophir and up and over the pass getting over to Silverton in just over three hours. My legs were feeling heavy. We ate some food and headed up the highway to Molas Pass. Traffic was heavy with summer tourist on HWY 550 and there were some close calls with vehicles not wanting to give an inch of road space. Not to mention there isn't any shoulder to speak of to ride to the right side of the fog line. Survival on the roads. LOL.
We made it to Molas Pass unscathed from any vehicle and headed up the Colorado Trail which would lead us to Rolling Pass. I hadnt ridden the CT in this direction oly riding it twice from the other direction. I was hoping it was easier pedaling than the other side of Rolling Pass. It was, but my legs were tired. I knew it was about ten miles to the pass and the terrain definitely rolls better on this side. We made it to the pass with dark clouds all around. We had lucked out with the weather with no rain so far. We descended down the pass knowing there was more climbing to come after descending to Cascade Creek. The lower section is scree rock but once back in the alpine buff single track we were rolling smooth. We passed some hut-to-hut riders who were hurting and walking most of the trail.
Dan and I made it to the last pass, Sliderock Ridge, before descending down to Celebration Lake near Bolam Pass. Our intent was to keep on the CT and descend to Rico on the Circle Trail but it was 4pm and I had to be at a dinner at 6pm so we decided to climb up Bolam Pass and go down Barlow Creek Road. What a fun descent. Fast. We rolled back into Rico at 5pm. A ten hour day. My legs were shelled.
Riding stats: 74 miles and 9700 feet of climbing.
What a wonderful place to live with so much in our backyard at our disposal.