After watching an ideal dawn over our campsite, it was time to overcome the Rocky Mountains. Based mostly on recommendation from buddy who lived in Colorado for just a few years, we selected to take US Route 160 which is the bottom route by means of the mountains. Nonetheless, that is the Rockies and the street took us over Wolf Creek Go which is at an elevation of 10,856 ft! That skinny air meant the bikes have been working fairly wealthy, however just a few clicks of the excessive velocity needle reduce out many of the backfiring…
Our timing for the journey could not have been higher as we reached the Rockies simply because the aspen’s have been beginning to flip yellow. They added a pleasant splash of coloration to the already breathtaking panorama.
In case you’ve been following together with our journey, you have in all probability observed that every one the photographs are good and sunny. We have had nice luck with the climate and I assume we have been certain to hit some rain someday. I simply want it wasn’t after we have been climbing the best mountains of the journey. The rain wasn’t too heavy, however even a bit rain when using an 80+ 12 months previous bike is not very best. We nonetheless took a fast cease on the Nice Divide for a photograph, even with the moist situations.
As we began to descend in the direction of Pagosa Springs, the rain stop and the solar got here out. The view down into the valley was spectacular and regardless that the overlook was closed for repairs, we discovered a spot to drag off and take some footage.
After using down into the valley, we pulled into the Pagosa Springs Campground which was situated instantly on the San Juan River.
We solely put in 145 miles right this moment, however we deliberate forward for low mileage days so we may cross the Rockies with out placing any undue pressure on the bikes.