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Send up the bicycle guy

2016-09-23

tl;dr: After crossing Cottonwood Pass I was rained and snowed on, so I stopped in Crested Butte.

I was on the road before daylight. It was actually kind of warm, but it cooled off as I climbed. I peddled up to a little over 11000 feet, and then I just had to walk. I pushed my bike up the mountain as cars and trucks and vans passed me. There sure is a lot of traffic here.

When I was about a mile short of Cottonwood Pass, a ranger stops me. It turns out a movie was being filmed up at the pass and they didn't want my big orange bicycle getting in the shot. So I waited around a bit until the film guys decided they wanted to wait for better light. "Send up the bicycle guy!" So I managed to peddle from there up to the 12000 foot pass because I didn't want to look wimpy with everybody watching me.

I lurked around the film crew for a bit. I asked one of them if that wasn't Robert Redford I saw. No, that was his stunt double. They don't bring out Robert Redford for B role. They spent hours setting up just to film an old pickup truck drive up to the pass.

From there it was downhill to Taylor Park, but the wind blew so hard at times I had to peddle just to go down.

At the Taylor Park Trading Post it started to rain while I ate a light breakfast, but I hit the road again anyway.

Why can't I breath? Oh, even after coming down from the pass I'm still at 9500 feet. I guess I'm not used to it, yet.

It did stop raining, but only because the rain turned over to sleet. This was actually better, because it bounced off me rather than soak through my clothes.

By the time I arrived in Crested Butte, it was snowing heavily. I was cold. My phone battery was dead. My rear derailleur was freezing up or something, because it wouldn't shift and sometimes locked up my peddles (I miss my internal gear hub). And my front tire started going flat. Eventually I managed to charge my phone enough to see that every hotel in town was crazy expensive, except a hostel, which was only moderately expensive. So I got a dorm room.

good morning Colorado


this isn't actually Jane Fonda and Robert Redford sitting in this truck


last push up to Cottonwood Pass


some of the film crew


from Cottonwood Pass looking east


this is the shot the film crew spent hours setting up for


Cottonwood Pass is over 12000 feet.


from Cottonwood Pass looking west






getting down to Taylor Park Reservoir


Taylor Park Trading Post


into the rain I go


Taylor Dam outflow


I tried waiting out the rain. It didn't really work.


There are A LOT of cows in the road along this stretch.




can't see much


beaver dams in the snow


It is really coming down now.


entering Crested Butte


The sun finally came out for a bit.


some sort of festival where people dress like hippies

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