Colorado Trail Day 9 – Braking Bad

Aug 23 I was so pissed off and depressed this day, that I wrote the journal the following evening. But let’s start with the beginning. After finishing segment 14, I did a little change to the original Colorado Trail route. Instead of climbing on a dirt road/ singletrack, I did the paved climb to Monarch Pass, followed by a singletrack section. Why? 1) I heard they have burgers at Monarch Continue…

Colorado Trail Day 8 – Mount Princeton Hot Springs

Aug 22 The toughest section of the Colorado Trail is the one between Buena Vista and Silverton. There are over 200 miles through remote areas, with no easy resupply options. The trail climbs into the San Juan Mountains, known for their difficult terrain and temperamental weather. Took another shower this morning. Doing the math, instead of one shower in 5 days, I now have 2, which doesn’t sound that bad. Continue…

Colorado Trail Day 7 – Fishwater Double IPA

Aug 21 Another shorter day. Biked 55 km, but most of them on downhill roads. Started the day by finishing segment 11. Awesome segment, lots of easy roller coaster style single-track in low altitude (3000-3200 m) forests and grasslands. Biked around the Twin Lakes area and at the foothills of Colorado’s highest Peak – Mt Elbert. Then I had to take a detour – not that I’m complaining, sitting in Continue…

Colorado Trail Day 6 – Leadville

Aug 20 Today was sunny. And I still find it incredible how such a sunny day started with a layer of frost on my tent. I guess I’ll have to get used to this for the following week. Really enjoyed the push bike this morning as it was my chance to warm up. First reached Searle Pass. Then followed a technical trail through alpine meadows for a few kilometers, up Continue…