28 August 2008

Day 5


Destination: Breckenridge, CO
121 Miles

We headed out on a beautiful warm morning, still watching for wildlife. We headed South on CO 7, then onto the “Peak-to-Peak Highway,” CO 72. We met twisting roads all the way to the adjacent gambling towns of Blackhawk and Central City; and on this day, after all the miles so far, I was getting a bit sick of all the switchbacks, plus there was more traffic than expected in this area too! Outside Central City we met up with I-70 again and headed west. This was an even better stretch of I-70 than we had done a couple days earlier (as far as that goes). We saw the turn off for Mount Evans, but decided we’d save the highest paved road in the U.S. for another day. We climbed toward Loveland Pass, but opted to pass through the Eisenhower Tunnel instead. It was getting chilly and given the warmth of the morning at the start, we were not dressed for anything much cooler at the time. This was the only day we didn’t go over any passes.

We arrived at Breckenridge Grand Resort early. Early enough to have lunch at the Breckenridge Brewery, and spend the rest of the day shopping, enjoying each other’s company. We ate dinner at a favorite of mine, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. This restaurant was inspired by the movie Forest Gump. At dinner we talked about the great times and wonderful riding we had enjoyed, and we discussed some options for next year’s big ride. Since we’ve not done any big rides in other states we don’t know for sure, but we find it hard to believe any other trip could compare to the beauty this one provided us around every corner!

Mountain Pass & Elevation
No Passes



Longs Peak ~ Elev. 14,256 Taken from CO 7 leaving Estes Park

Breckenridge


Breckenridge, Shops along CO 9 / Main St


Breckenridge ~ The view from our hotel balcony at sunset