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.