Well, my carter lake ride didn't happen due to weather and being a wuss. Maybe this weekend. However, I noticed that my route will take me the same direction as a possible trip to Estes so I now have two rides to choose from.
I mapped it at just over 40 miles one way (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/381621). There is a section that has to be on 34 and it's largely prior to the canon so cars will tend to drive faster there. I guess there is a shoulder, but I don't know what sort of condition it's in (lots of rocks, glass, cracks, etc.) or how safe it is in general for cycling.
Has anyone ridden up there lately and have any info on conditions or suggestions? How bad is weekend traffic this time of year? I figure I'll probably stop for lunch somewhere in Estes before coasting home. I suppose it's best to bring a lock but that's no fun to carry. Are there any bike friendly restaurants where it's easy to safely store a bike while eating, using the restroom, etc. or just plan to haul a lock?