Monday, July 27, 2009

July 27th, 2009 - Lyons to Buena Vista via Rocky Mountain National Park

Originally posted by Dave W

It's my turn for another update, and I'll pick-up where CoydogSF left off with the festival concluding. We woke up early that morning to pack up camp and say our good-byes. The general plan was to meet up with the TAT around Salida, CO or thereabouts. We headed out of Lyons, CO towards Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

It was scenic and we saw some wild-life, but it was generally paved, and there was the requisite traffic for a National Park. There was also some construction going on that caused further delays. It wasn't a big deal, but it did get us caught in a bit of a thunderstorm. We took a quick snack break at Lake Granby...

...and then high-tailed it down US 40 to Georgetown. After getting some caffeine in Georgetown, we made our way up Guanella Pass. There was a bit of construction going on here too, but after a couple of brief delays, we were on our way.

Guanella Pass hooked back up with 285 on the other side. The plan was to continue on 285 down to Buena Vista, CO. Thankfully for us, but not for those folks involved, there was an accident just past Fairplay, CO (aka South Park) that closed down the entire highway. The highway authorities were routing people down around on highway 9, but when he saw our bikes, he said we should take Weston Pass instead.

This turned out to be great advice. Weston Pass was a notch more difficult than Guanella pass, and quite a bit more fun. It took us over to 24, which we then took south to Buena Vista. We setup camp at N38 51.544 W106 08.459 and woke up the next morning ready to get on the TAT


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