|Bighorn Sheep Canyon: photo courtesy of someone else who took this picture|
After a long day at work on Friday, I cut out of work as quick as possible and headed home. We had a lovely family dinner down at the Nature Center at a place called the "Coyote Grill." We first ate there about a year ago, and it's a great place to enjoy a meal. In these warmer months, it's a very "open" restaurant with a nice outdoors feel. It was actually so warm on Friday that we wound up dining just inside the doors. When we returned home, I got a few things together for our quick trip to Buena Vista. I also took a few minutes to get all of my biking essentials together so that I wouldn't have to scramble around in the morning. I find that getting ready for a bike ride takes at least three times longer than going for a run, or even a swim. So much gear, a bike to look over, etc. But finally I was ready for bed with everything in place for the coming day.
|The Route from Pueblo to Cotopaxi|
The toughest part of the ride was just outside of Canon City. There's a climb of about 6 miles up to the top of the Royal Gorge. This little stretch took a good 45 minutes or so. When I reached the top, I was a touch over 3 hours and so I stopped for about 5-10 minutes at a roadside RV "resort" where I downed a Sprite and refilled my Water bottle. For the next couple of miles I had a screaming descent down into the Big Horn Sheep Canyon. In all honesty, it was really steep. I didn't let myself ride too far above 30 mph on the way down because I was unfamiliar with the road and the conditions. However, it was nice to have some downhill after that climb as it gave me a little chance to rest before starting a more gradual climb up the canyon towards Salida and Buena Vista.
|Elevation: Approximately 3700 feet of gain|
|Checking out the gear at the BV whitewater festival|
|Waiting to start the race!|
|Ready to Run!|
|Maya's Picture for Boston!|