I try not to write travelogues, but today’s ride must be an exception.
When I set up my bike this morning, I realized that the derailleur cable that Noah fixed yesterday passed right in front of the lens of the action camera I have mounted on my bike. The bike shop was a mile back through a congested and not especially pretty town. I had to decide whether to press on or see if Noah could fix it. I called the shop and Noah answered. Of course he’d fix it, he said. So Susie and I loaded the bike into the car and took it to Noah.
I am so glad I did because the scenery on today’s ride was some of the best I’ve EVER seen. I took four separate videos at different places. Unfortunately, it takes a ridiculous amount of time to upload a video to YouTube and I haven’t succeeded in uploading the best one of the 10 mile descent into Durango.
The gears worked perfectly! (Thank you, Noah!) The temperature was perfect. The sky was clear. There was a reasonably wide shoulder nearly the whole way and it was reasonably clean. Visibility was excellent. The three ascents were not that difficult. On the first and hardest, I kept saying to myself, “I’m moving and it doesn’t hurt. That’s all that matters.” Better yet, the descents were not terrifying. The steepest and longest descent into Durango was about a 6% pitch and not very windy. At that level, I can relax and barely use my brakes. I could take in the verdant mountain landscape as I dropped into town.
Start location: Cortez CO
End location: Durango CO
Distance: 43.9 miles
Cumulative distance: 883.5 miles
Elevation gain: 2923 feet
Strava track: https://www.strava.com/activities/707572941