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Lastonthebus (LB)
City: Fort Collins
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 29, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, May 28th, 2013

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Wow, hello Colorad-y!
Started out at lagunitas capsite, CDT runs right through it, no one else around, i was grateful to have the place to myself to relax after a semi tough day. Real rough, and sometimes unrideable stretch all the way up to Brazos ridge, but it was worth it when i got up there, excellent views of both the southern san juans and the desert to the east in New Mexico, Taos area and surrounding mountains. It was a windy coolish morning as i looked down on the scorching NM desert below. I started running into natural water sources and my spirits were lifted knowing that I'd soon be in the promised land, Colorado. I spoke with a group of sighseers who couldn't get past a washed out section of the road, it was tough riding for me as well. It wasn't long before i ran into another mountain biker who was doing an 80 mile loop back to his home in Chama, really nice guy who took my pic at the colorado border sign and then cruised on down the mountain FAR quicker than i would deem safe, i was amazed at his prowess!
Soon after ascending Cumbres pass, i made it down hill to the base of the Cumbres Toltec railroad, an old coal powered locomotive that took tourists up the pass, i got great video of it chugging up the mountain, definite highlight of the day.
I then plugged my way up La Mancha pass and screamed down the other side hitting my top speed of 42.5mph, i started to get speed wobbles towards the bottom so i let up right before cruising into Horca. Horca, I was informed, is the spanish word for noose, and despite the name, was a real friendly place. I stocked up on fried fruit pies from the gift shop and although i'd planned on staying outside of Horca, i felt so good that i kept going to just outside Platoro where i camped for the evening.
Towards the end of the day, i was struggling up a pass and i got a real confidence boost from a guy driving an old gray dodge power wagon, he stopped in the middle of the road, turned off his unbearably loud engine, looked at me and said, "you got heart kid," and drove off.
Yep, it was a great day and the first truly great day start to finish, of the whole venture.
I'm slowly getting my legs and my energy is better lately, even my skills are getting better, I actually enjoy this when my butt stops hurting!

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