Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 15 - Estes Park to Fort Collins (45 miles)

Today was the final leg of the 2012 Ride the Rockies.  After a week of very early starts, several of us decided we would sleep in a bit before heading out on the final leg of this year's ride.  Due to a large fire west of Fort Collins, the ride route was diverted and shortened by 10 miles.

As we set out this morning we were greeted with a light wind running due north, which moved much of the smoke from the nearby wild fire out of the air.  We rode a brief climb as we headed north out of Estes Park past the legendary Stanley Hotel (inspiration for the Stephen King movie "The Shining) and then headed into Big Thompson Canyon.  The ride through the canyon was beautiful and all downhill!!!!  Rob and I rode together and enjoyed a high speed descent down the canyon and east towards Byers.  Eventually, we turned north and felt a tail wind for the first time on the ride.  After just over a 2 hour ride, we ended our 6 day journey at the ODell's Brewery in Fort Collins.  As we neared the finish line, the street was lined with cheering spectators and was a small reward for a long, hard, and very enjoyable ride.

What a wonderful experience for us all.  In the end, only 3 of the Toad's rode the entire route but all of us had a wonderful time and share many amazing experiences and memories.  Congratulations to Adam Pring, Peter and Julie Kerswell on completing the 437 ride from Gunnison to Fort Collins, Colorado.  Well done!

Thank you for following along and tune in next year as the Toad's tackle another Ride the Rockies.

Rob and Alan enjoying a beer at the finish

A beer and a big smile!  Peter and Julie at the finish

"The beer is great...and we won't be on our bikes tomorrow!"

1 comment:

  1. What a great blog - thanks for keeping such a great record including the photos which are both stunning and fun.