Colorado 2009

Carbondale to Carbondale via five passes on dirt roads whenever possible.

Start Date: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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Andy dreaned up a great ride for us following a loop from Carbondale to Carbondale over 5 mountain passes on dirt roads wherever possible.

It was a 2 day drive for Paul R. and I to get to Sharon's house in Carbondale. We did an easy ride on the bike path the next day to give us a chance to acclimate to the elevation. Carbondale is at 7,000'. Then each day we climbed a higher and higher pass until we got to Hagerman Pass at just under 12,000'.

I had some trepidation about the altitude as I had hyperventilated on a bike ride up Steens Mountain at 9,000'. I was now in much better shape and had no problems on this ride.

We had great weather throughout with only one afternoon thunderstorm. Of course it was cool at the higher elevations. The end of August is already early fall in the mountains of Colorado.

This tour really pushed my limits and greatly expanded the possibilities for me. I also learned a lot from Andy on all things related to bike touring.

Ready to ride

Me, Paul R., and Andy loaded up and ready to head out.

The complete photo album is on Google Pictures.


Map of the route
Colorado 2009 route map


Mclure Pass
Sharon got this shot of me strugling up the first pass. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into.


Below is my log for each day of the tour. Use the navigation controls to scroll through the days .