Back to Colorado

Even on my first day in Colorado this past July, I knew I’d come back. The week I spent cycling the Front Range merely whetted my appetite for more.

Now, plans are in the works for a return next year. Who knew I’d be going back so soon? (And that kills tentative plans for either a Montana/Alberta tour or BikeJournal Reunion [BJRU] in 2009.)

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The Portland and I (wearing my 50+ Forum jersey) at the top of Mt. Evans.
 
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The Portland and I outside Allenspark, CO on Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway while riding The Epic Century. That’s Long’s Peak (14,256 ft.) in the background.
Apparently, my experience with the 2008 BJRU struck a chord with the gang in the 50+ Forum at BikeForums.net. Thursday someone posted that they “wish we could ride together”. Friday a trial balloon was floated. And now Saturday, we’re choosing dates.

It’s early days in the process, but it looks like we’ll all meet in Glenwood Springs, Colorado at a date to be determined between mid-August and mid-September.

The Portland has informed me it can’t wait.

The feature ride this time promises to be somewhat less strenuous than The Epic Century at BJRU. It looks like we’ll ride the 44-mile Rio Grande Trail from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and back. A second ride might be the 32-mile Glenwood Canyon Trail along the Colorado River. I’m told both these rides are easy but hugely scenic.

Our dates will be different, of course, but the more challenging Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle route has been suggested for those who want to do some climbing. This loop through Grand Mesa has also been mentioned. As long as I’ll be in the neighborhood, I’ve heard that this ride through Colorado National Monument is superlative.

Or maybe I’ll go back to Ft. Collins and Loveland to ride some more with my Club Hypoxia buddies.

Oh, the places you’ll go. “Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98¾% guaranteed.)”

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