Every day that goes by, our 2014 Colorado tour becomes more memory. I’m surprised to feel saddened by that, since one of our intentions while there was to feed our wanderlust and tire ourselves out so that we would be at peace with settling back into our life in Washington, D.C.
Maybe that peace will come in September, but in the interim I’m left daydreaming about the two weeks when I felt small, invigorated, and satisfied.
Felkerino uploaded our routes to his Ride With GPS page, and I’m posting the overall image of our daily profiles along with a link that provides more details about each day’s ride.
I wish I could figure out an easy way to sew the routes together so I could display it as one big loop as well as by days, but seeing it in segments is okay. UPDATE: Thanks to Ronnie, who commented below, I was able to put our routes into one image.
Through this post I have an overall record of our trip and I keep the good memories flowing! Again, many thanks to all of you for taking an interest and encouraging us throughout our time in Colorado.
Day 1: Boulder to Kremmling (this is also the Trail Ridge Traipse RUSA Permanent), 150 Miles
Day 2: Kremmling to Carbondale, 87 Miles
Day 3: Carbondale to Paonia, 62 Miles
Day 4: Paonia to Ouray, 100 Miles
Day 5: Rest Day, 0 Miles
Day 6: Ouray to Durango, 75 Miles
Day 7: Durango to Pagosa Springs, 65 Miles
Day 8: Pagosa Springs to Creede, 68 Miles (First half of route here. Second half is here)
Day 9: Creede to Gunnison, 106 Miles
Day 10: Gunnison to Leadville, 105 Miles
Day 11: Rest/Backwards Pedal and Crankarm Day
Day 12: Leadville to Winter Park, 83 Miles
Day 13: Winter Park to Boulder, 68 Miles
Number of riding days: 11
Total days: 13
Total miles: 969 (plus some additional miles riding around towns for meals and miscellaneous errands)
Average mileage per day, including rest days: 74.5 Miles
Average mileage per day, not including rest days: 88 Miles
Number of Unforgettable Moments of Awesome: Too many to count
And now, we return to randonneuring, running, and planning “future tour– at least, until I finish culling the rest of my tour photos.
I was at Black Canyon of the Gunnison on a hiking trip last year! Happy memories coming back to me reading about yours, thank you.
You can show all your routes on one map in RIDEWITHGPS. Create an event ( on the profile tab – scroll to the bottom.) and add all the routes to that event. Then there is an option to show all on a map.
So cool, thank you! I just did it! Going to update the post w/ the image…
Very impressed by your tour. Here is a link to the map of our tour this year. https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=PS&page_id=374841&v=2Y
Thanks for sharing. Looks like good riding. We have ridden some of that area, years ago during a tour from Rockville, MD to Niagara Falls.
Thanks for allowing us to share in this with you.
It helps with our own dreams!
Thanks! I feel the same when I read about others’ travels. It keeps us dreaming.
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