31 May - 56 miles (88 km) - Colorado Springs to Pueblo - altitude loss 1785 ft (540 m) can almost breathe - long day in the sun. Beautiful bike trails in Colorado Springs downgraded to gravel for the Fountain Regional Trail which eventually got too dicey for a loaded touring bike.
Note to self "double check Google recommended bicycle routes" In Colorado when they say Old Pueblo Road they aren't kidding! 30 miles of hard pack dirt road, but no cars. Kept looking up expecting buzzards circling over head. Yeah, riding on dirt roads is slower than asphalt,
End of the trip, 93 F (34 C), 14 miles uphill in the wrong direction to the KOA campground, Econolodge for tonight. Camping coming soon.
Perfect end of day snack - rhubarb pie and vanilla ice cream with lemonade
Against a tree in the shade don't want to leave
Who cares? Still miles of straight dirt road...
The view for 30 miles. Was expecting to look up and see buzzards circling
Real change of view as I moved south. More high desert, evergreens have disappeared completely
Horse and cow country for sure. One of the few ranch signs along the way
Fountain regional path, gravel beginning to get dicey for 100 lbs of touring bike
Colorado Springs bike paths are superb
Bike path bridge over the the freeway
IHOP only 1350 calories
Only guy I spoke to on the whole ride. Took a selfie to make sure I wasn't hallucinating from the heat