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08/30   Hot Hills
08/31   Maquoketa Caves State Park
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09/03   Maasdam's Wheel Art
09/04   Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
09/06   Fred's Bike Shop
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09/08   The Terraced Hills
09/09   Tower of the Four Winds
09/10   Just gravel roads
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09/21   Wolves and Fossils
09/22   Cottonwood Pass
09/23   Send up the bicycle guy
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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
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10/18   A Week in Sunnyside
10/19   Mule Deer Hunting
10/21   Leaving Las Vegas
10/22   Death Valley National Park
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New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Cottonwood Pass


tl;dr: Met a German named Ralf. On my way to Cottonwood Pass.

I am getting too much sun.

I was just sitting down at the Highline Cafe in Hartsel when Ralf came through the door and asked to join me. It turns out he was camping across the road and saw me pull up. He's from Germany and has been cycling from Alaska on his way to South America. Currently he is following the Continental Divide Trail.

Ralf is tougher than I am. I was wearing like four layers, and he was in shorts. He caried easily twice as much gear as me. I bet it was three times as much. He cooked all his own meals, because he is a vegan. I can't immagine having to be choosy about food while bicycling touring. I consider the ability to eat absolutely anything you want in full assurance that you will burn it off the next day to be a singular benifit of touring.

From Hartsel I was forced to follow Highway 24 into Buena Vista. That kind of sucked. The shoulder was mostly narrow and there was a lot of traffic. The crazy thing was that I was passed by people on road bikes who appeared to be riding this highway by choice. Masochists, I guess.

I got some lunch in Buena Vista and stopped by the library to upload pictures to my blog. I then set off west on County Road 306. I may have grumbled a little. This road goes straight into the mountains. There is absolutely no good reason for the high amount of traffic on it.

I need to peddle up to Cottonwood Pass. The road is paved all the way up on this side. Even so it was slow going. About 5:30 I was just above 9900 feet, and it was cooling off quickly. So I decided to set up camp off the road. It wouldn't be too long until I was above the treeline, and I suspect that would be much colder camping.

I don't seem to be huffing and puffing as much as I was a few days ago. Maybe if the roads on the other side of this pass aren't garbage I can start racking up miles again.

good morning antelope

approaching Hartsel

This is Ralf. He is tougher than I.

long horns

misc scenery

pines, aspens and deer

Trout Creek Pass

misc scenery

misc scenery

dropping into Buena Vista

Buena Vista yard deer

alrighty then

heading up to Cottonwood Pass

camping in San Isabel National Forest

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