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Colorful Colorado

2014-07-24

tl;dr: I visited Aztec Ruins National Monument, and then peddled up into Colorado. I am now in the mountains.

I left Farmington and visited Aztec Ruins National Monument, which has nothing to do with the Aztecs, and where the rangers there are very (very) concerned about where you park your bicycle.

From there, I stayed on sort-of back roads until I arrived in Colorado. There are a lot of oil fields here, with a lot of white oil field trucks with orange flags popping up eight feet in the air. I suppose this makes the trucks easier to fiend in the sage brush.

I have finally reached Colorado!

Durango is a tourist town. The Animas River was choked with floating tourists, even though it was raining off and on. It rains a lot here. I ate at Subway.

While looking at the Pinkerton Hot Springs (in the rain), another bicycle pulled up. Andy had been biking around Colorado for a week or two in a bid to see a bunch of stuff before shipping out with the military. We biked together for a while (all up and up and up) before he peeled off to find a place to camp. I continued on into the San Juan National Forest.

I have a lot of climbing ahead of me, but I'm finally in the mountains of Colorado! In the rain.

Apparently, they don't like Farmers' Markets here


Aztec ruins panorama


these guys liked little doors




so easy to farm they even have weeds


just some rock


scratched in rock off side of highway


Road 2900


Animas River


Welcome to Colorful Colorado


first glimps of mountains


heading into Durango


Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad


Pinkerton Hot Springs


San Juan National Forest



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