Sore saddle cyclist
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Eugene, OR
Bikes: Road, touring and mountain
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There are two nice rides down Highway 50 from Salida. Drive east on 50 and park at the Texas Creek road. Ride up Texas Creek as far as you wish, the only town up there is Westcliffe, store or cafe there, ride as much as you wish and then back Texas Creek to your car.
Another nice ride is to drive to east on 50 to Parkdale, climb the hill and park at highway 9. Ride north on 9 as far as you like, it goes right past Telenicks house after a 100 miles or so.
Texas Creek to Westcliffe is a gorgeous ride, that's my highest recommendation in that area ( as well as Telenick's idea on the ride to Cottonwood Hot Springs).