David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
Okefenokee 2002
Anza-Borrego 2003
Texas 2003
Road Trip West 2003
Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
Nomadic 2005
Bicycle Trip 2009
Bicycle Trip 2010
Nomadic 2010
Little Bicycle Trip 2011
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
Bicycle Trip 2015
Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
08/30   Hot Hills
08/31   Maquoketa Caves State Park
09/01   Sutliff Bridge
09/02   Flags
09/03   Maasdam's Wheel Art
09/04   Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
09/06   Fred's Bike Shop
09/07   Clark Tower
09/08   The Terraced Hills
09/09   Tower of the Four Winds
09/10   Just gravel roads
09/11   Grand Island
09/12   Boot Hill
09/13   Highway 34 to McCook
09/15   Tinker Tom's
09/16   The Big Easel
09/17   Mount Sunflower
09/18   Long Dry Day
09/19   Colorado Springs
09/20   Camping High
09/21   Wolves and Fossils
09/22   Cottonwood Pass
09/23   Send up the bicycle guy
09/24   Kebler Pass
09/25   Grand Junction
09/26   Colorado National Monument
09/27   Entrada Bluffs
09/28   Arches National Park
09/29   Hole N''The Rock
09/30   Newspaper Rock
10/01   Comb Wash up
10/02   Natural Bridges National Monument
10/03   The Burr Trail
10/04   Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
10/05   Escalante
10/06   Escalante Mountains and Red Canyon
10/07   Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
10/08   Dinosaur Tracks
10/09   Snow Canyon State Park
10/11   Cathedral Gorge State Park
10/12   Sunnyside
10/18   A Week in Sunnyside
10/19   Mule Deer Hunting
10/21   Leaving Las Vegas
10/22   Death Valley National Park
10/23   Uphill Against the Wind
10/24   Ridgecrest
10/26   Red Rock Canyon State Park
10/27   Lancaster
10/28   LAX
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Long Dry Day


tl;dr: I biked from Kit Carson west across the vast nothing of Colorado.

I ate breakfast in Kit Carson. I filled my water bottles, but I totally misjudged how far it would be before I could fill them again. So just as I turned onto Highway 94, I stopped at a house that I thought might be abandoned. I knocked on the door and a guy answered. He was nice enough and offered me a gallon of water. He doesn't have a well, so he drives 20 miles to fill up water jugs from an artesian spring. We talked for a bit as it got hotter and hotter out. I finally hit the road.

It's a good thing I got water there, because there wasn't much to be had save for a few muddy ponds for the next thirty miles. Other than a few cows and ranches miles in the distance there isn't much to see along Highway 94. Fortunately, there isn't much traffic either.

I was able to beg for more water in Punkin Center.

Maybe it was the heat or the extremely dry air or the elevation or that I'm just a wimp, but by the time the sun was setting I was wiped out. Of course after biking all day with neigh a ranch or house in sight, suddenly they were all over like sentries when I wanted to find a place to camp. Eventually I ended up on a power-line road. The elevation is 6200 feet.

Look how my day starts!

near Wild Horse, Colorado

near Wild Horse, Colorado

This sign is accurate. Also, no nothing for 30 miles.

I stopped at this guy's homestead to fill up with water.

long ways to go

If you look closely you can see Pikes Peak some 90 miles away.

Colorado has a problem with people stealing certain road signs.

a jackrabbit

cows and antelope

good night Pikes Peak

contact me at le@liverworks.com
< 2016-09-17 Mount Sunflower 2016-09-19 Colorado Springs >