28 August 2008

Day 3


Destination: Steamboat Springs, CO
270 Miles

Out of Delta we headed northeast, which put the morning sunshine in our eyes for the time this trip. After a few run-of-the-mill miles, we were back into some relatively mild twisties again. A nice fertile valley with fruit trees, vineyards and wineries, passed a small coal mining town (Somerset) and soon we were at a beautiful lake surrounded by steep cliffs along a twisted road. Of course we had to stop for more pictures. Between the two of us we took nearly 300 photos on this trip!

The road quickly called us back and we came upon a very quaint little village, Redstone. This was not your typical mountain town. It was tiny, but very well manicured and just plain beautiful! Yes, we stopped for pictures. Next stop more souvenirs at Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson in Glenwood Springs (and lunch). Since it was Bryan’s birthday he picked up some cycle bling, a Live to Ride, Ride to Live air cleaner cover.

Next we took our first turn of the ride onto an interstate - heading west. If you have to get onto the interstate, I-70 in this area is probably about as good as it gets, still mountains, but at 70 mph the smooth curves are pretty tame. Rolling north (and east) toward Craig through Rifle was a dramatic change in scenery and it represented the hottest, straightest, and most buggy stretch of our trip, so we took a picture of this unique high desert area. Just one pass for today, but a nice ride none-the-less. Aren’t they all?

Before long we could see the manicured slopes of Steamboat Springs Ski Resort, our destination for the 3rd night. Unfortunately, the resort gondola was already closed for rides that day, but our suite and the room service was excellent and it made up for all the bugs we ran into getting there.

Mountain Pass & Elevation
McClure 8,755



Mild Twisties near Paonia Reservoir, taken from CO 133
Coming up on McClure Pass (not a typical Colorado pass)

The quaint little village ~ Redstone

Taken from CO 13 / CO 789
Our hottest, straightest, and most buggy stretch