Bill Weidenfeller

Home: Naples, FL

Hobbies: Biking, Tennis

 

Links

ExpeditionPLUS

Rails to Trails Conservancy

America by Bike

BROTHELS AND BREWS RIDE

BROTHELS AND BREWS in Colorado
 

"BROTHELS AND BREWS", is an incredible cycling tour of the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado.  

We will stay overnight in the old Victorian Hotels of the silver mining towns of yesteryear: Durango, Telluride, Ouray, and Silverton.  We will climb the rugged and remote mountains on the San Juan Skyway: "America's highest and most scenic byway" for 7 days in July.

  • Posted: Fri, 19 July 2013

    DAY 6 UNAWEEP CANYON,CO

    Day 6 UNAWEEP CANYON,CO

    image

    Today’s final 20 mile ride of the tour was a climb into the Unaweep Canyon from Gateway.

    image

    image

    The short ride allowed us some afternoon free time for the pool; others took a mountain bike ride and ATV ride.

    image

    Our cycling group celebrated our final dinner together at the Gateway Canyon Resort….

    A fitting setting and atmoshpere for the culmination of a wonderful week long experience!


  • Posted: Wed, 17 July 2013

    DAY 3 DOLORES TO TELLURIDE,CO

    DAY 3   DELORES  TO  TELLURIDE, CO

    We all enjoyed last night’s dinner in a Durango brew pub, sampling a number of the selections.

    Our Victorian hotel in Durango was the historic Strater, with its cowboy saloon located just off the lobby.

    image

    We had an early breakfast and left the hotel at 7:10  am in the van in route to Delores, CO where we had a coffee and got on the bikes.  We began our 50 mile ride on highway 145 North headed to the summit of Lizard Head Pass at 10,222 feet.  The route follows the Delores River up and over Lizard Head Cycling’s namesake pass.

    image

    The climb of Lizard Head Pass is not as steep as we have experienced, but it is unrelenting and 50 miles in length.  The elevation gain is 5312 feet!  Our route synopsis states:  “instead on ripping one’s legs off with sharp, steep climbs, Lizard Head Pass gradually pulls one’s legs off in a slow and measured fashion”. 

    image

    We had a sag stop and break along the route, and lunch in Rico,Co. prepared by our guides.

    Joyce and I reached the summit after nearly 5 hours of steady progress up the mountain.

    It threatened to rain earlier, but held off until we were very close to the top.

    It was a tough challenge…providing a satisfying reward on completion.

    image

    We arrived at the New Sheridan (not Sheraton) Hotel in Telluride mid-day.  What a town…we are very impressed. We have a rest day here tomorrow following our dinner tonight at the “finest steak house in town”

    image




  • Posted: Wed, 17 July 2013

    DAY 2 OURAY TO DURANGO,CO

    DAY 2 OURAY TO DURANGO

    image

    Today’s route synopsis states:  “Climb the Million Dollar Highway to the summit of Red Mountain.  Descend to the mining town of Silverton, then up and over Molas Pass and Coal Bank Pass to the bike crazy mecca of Durango.”   Sounds much easier than the reality!!

    image

    As we left the hotel in Ouray on our bikes, Joyce and I immediately began the 13 miles of climbing to the summit of Red Mountain Pass at 11,108 feet. It was a 3100 feet ascent that took nearly 3 hours, as we slowly and steadily climbed on the highway known as the San Juan Skyway.

    image


    image

    The scenery was dramatic, the air thin, and the narrow road had steep cliff drop-offs at roadside. It was a long and difficult climb, bringing great satisfaction at reaching the summit!  But more passes were ahead.

    image

    Shortly following our 2nd summit ascent, it began to rain just before the steep descent.  We cut short this descent, but cycled the last 15 miles into Durango, when the rain ceased.

    These are tough ride days but we are very happy to have this opportunity to ride the challenging routes of the Colorado Rockies!


  • Posted: Wed, 17 July 2013

    DAY 4 Rest Day Telluride,CO

    Day 4 TELLURIDE,CO - REST DAY

    POST CARDS FROM TELLURIDE AND MOUNTAIN VILLAGE ON A WONDERFUL RELAXING DAY!

    image


    image


    image

    image


    image

  • Posted: Sun, 14 July 2013

    DAY 1 BLACK ROCK CANYON

    DAY1   THE BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON

    image

    Our cycling group and Steve our guide gather for a departure photo in Grand Junction,CO before heading out on our week long cycling adventure.


    image

    The Day 1 itinerary was a 35 mile ride Black Canyon National Park.  We climbed 6 miles on the access road to the canyon rim, and then continued climbing and descending along the rim road.  

    Scenic overlooks gave the us opportunity to view one of the deepest, steepest, and most narrow canyons in North America. The Gunnison River slices through the rock to form the Black Canyon’s 2000 feet walls reaching to the sky..  It offers incredible sights along the route of today’s bike ride.

    image


    image

    In the late 19th century the tiny mining towns of Ouray, Durango and Telluride each felt they needed a landmark hotel to attract investors and to put their town on the map.  In recent years these Victorian hotels of the 1880’s have been renovated and revamped to display their historical opulence.  The Beaumont Hotel in Ouray is one of these examples.

    image

    The town of Ouray, elevation 7800 feet, is located in a box canyon at athe base of the San Juan Mountains.  The San Juans are the youngest mountain range in Colorado , and as a result they are the steepest and highest range in the state.  It is the location where we will cycle for the week.

    image

    .








  • Posted: Sat, 13 July 2013

    DAY 5 TELLURIDE TO GATEWAY,CO

    MOUNTAINS TO THE DESERT

    DAY 5 TELLURIDE TO GATEWAY,CO.


    image

    We rode 70 miles today on CO highway 145/141, descending from the mountain town of Telluride to the desert canyon resort in Gateway, CO.  It was a long and highly enjoyable day on the bike.

    image

    We followed the rushing San Miguel River, muddy from recent mud slides near Telluride.  We had to board the van for a short period to get through the wet amd muddy roadway.

    image

    We had sunny skies as the heat built during the day.  The route was almost absent of any cars.  It was an awesome ride cruising through the red rock canyon walls of the Delores River Canyon.  

    Mile after mile we were struck by incredible beauty of the cliffs, bluffs, mesas, and rock formations in the canyon. This was a beautiful stage in our Colorado tour!  

    image

    We had a break along the road to cool off, refill water bottles, and have lunch.

    image


    Late in the afternoon with all of our group together we cycled into Gateway Canyons Resort.  It is an amazing jewel in the canyon surrounded by red rock walls.  It was developed by John Hendricks, the founder of the Discovery Channel and other cable networks and enterprises. It is a resort paradise isolated in nature from civilization.

    image

    Another great day!  






  • Posted: Sat, 13 July 2013

    PRE RIDE: NASHVILLE, VAIL, AND GRAND JUNCTION


    For our 6 week “Summer Vacation” of 2013 Joyce and I have ventured west again to bike and tour in the Rocky Mountain ranges of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.  We have driven 2360 miles from Naples, FL to Grand Junction, Colorado, where we will begin the first of 2 challenging week-long cycling tours in the Rockies: The Brothels and Brews Tour in Colorado, followed by the Glacier National Park Tour in Montana. 



    Our first stop was in Nashville over the July 4th holiday to visit our friends; John and Jean McCarthy in their beautiful new home in Franklin, TN.  We had a wonderful time, seeing the sights, biking the hills, and singing country music songs along with the band in a Nashville honky-tonk bar.  We had a great time!




    Our next stop was the ski resort town of Vail, CO for 3 days of relaxation, as well as biking, hiking, shopping, dining and thorough enjoyment in this beautiful part of our country.  Vail village has it all! 


    The high altitude gave us some trouble early on, but we did acclimate, as we need to before our bike trip in the Rockies.


    We biked in the mountains daily on routes of incredible beauty, right from our hotel.  The biggest local challenge is the climb out of Vail to the top of Vail Pass at 10,603 feet, a vertical gain of 3000 feet.  Joyce and I climbed to the top on day 2.  Joyce really did a great job climbing and descending in this, her first attempt at such a demanding climb!


    We are now in Grand Junction, CO, where we will meet our group of cyclists (7 in total) on July 14 to begin the 6 day bike ride with Lizard Head Cycling Guides in the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado.


    We biked this morning on the Riverfront Trail along the Colorado River with views of the colorful Colorado mesa and the mountains in the distance.  


    It is unusually HOT and very DRY in Colorado this summer, but we just received instructions from LHCG to bring rain jacket and pants, as strong storms are expected in our riding zone next week. 

  • Posted: Mon, 30 November -0001

    Day 4 Rest Day Telluride,CO