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Camping High

2016-09-20

tl;dr: I peddled up Rampart Range Road from the Garden of the Gods to 9400 feet.

After a quick loop around The Garden of the Gods, I finally started peddling into the mountains via Rampart Range Road. There is one thing I hate about peddling up hill, and that is that I go so slow that flies can keep up with me. And buzz about my head. And try to lick sweat from my face. And I can't swat them! I eventually had to rub Deep Woods Off into my hair to ward them off.

Man alive, I could hardly breathe at 9400 feet. The fact I could peddle all the way up at all is a testimate to the engineers who built this road. I even carried a few extra liters of water for this stretch.

The road had crazy washboarding west of the pass. Mostly I could avoid it or go slow, but once in a while I'd hit those washboards at speed and worry my bike was going to rattle apart. I blame all the tourists who ignore the speed limit and pound down these roads at 60 mph.

I wanted to camp along Rampart Range Road, but even though it took me four hours to climb up it, it took me far less time to cycle down into Woodland Park (a very yuppie city within Colorado Springs' gravity well), so I just kept going.

It took me a bit to find a camping spot after leaving Woodland Park. Fortunately there are still small chunks of state land scattered about, and I found an ATV trail leading into one of them.

The Julie Penrose Fountain isn't fountaining.


City deer don't care.


Maggie's Farm


biking around Garden of the Gods


getting on Rampart Range Road




Rampart Range Road




looking back on Colorado Springs


Everybody wants to live in the country. Now there is no more country. These houses are just wrong.




still climbing


All those switchbacks. Also a lot of dead pine trees.


a look around from 9400 feet


going down the other side


I spotted some elk fleeing into the trees.


I found this knife in the road. I didn't want to drag it along so I stabbed it into a stump for somebody else to find.


more mule deer


good night Colorado

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