Raising the Abyss
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: TTing on the MUP
Bikes: Expensive ones that I ride slowly
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I've never ridden north of I70 in that part of the state, but I'd imagine that just about any road that runs along the CO River is probably a good bet.
I have, however, ridden CO 133 from Carbondale (~15 miles south of Glenwood Springs) south to McClure Pass, which was about 50 miles roundtrip and it was pretty amazing. Even if you don't make it all the way up to the pass @ ~8800' it's still a beautiful ride. Carbondale is @ ~6300', so you'll be gaining ~2500' in 25 miles if you make it to the pass -- the last 3 miles are the steepest. But, you'll be rewarded w/ a nice descent back into Carbondale. When in Carbondale pick a place on the old part of Main St to reward yourself w/ some food and/or booze -- it really is a cool part of town.
Caveat / disclaimer: When I moved to CO it took a few weeks for my lungs to adjust to any rides over ~6500', so it's really up to you as I'd venture to guess that the route out of Dotsero (that follows a river) would be less taxing on the lungs, legs and ticker).
Whatever you decide, try to get most of your riding in on Friday as it's gonna cool down and maybe rain on Saturday.
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