Saturday morning started out early with coffee and oatmeal at 6am. There is just something about the smell of coffee, brisk air and pines at 9k feet elevation early in the morning that is sacred to me. This day would end up being epic in the minds of all that attended West Fest, as we marveled at the remoteness of the San Juan’s.
Our day on the bikes started with a departure from Lake City, riding north to Blue Mesa Reservior.
Heading west for about 15 miles on Hwy #50, we turned south on Big Cimarron Road, where we enjoyed views of High Mesa.
Chimney Rock is just amazing.
Owl Creek Pass at 10,114 ft.
Finally we arrive in Ouray. We ate lunch and then carved the twisties up the Million Dollar highway to Ironton, where a left hand turn took us back into the heart of the San Juan's.
Looking down on Corkscrew Gulch. I have riden bikes a lot of places, but this road was about as steep as I had ever attemped, and I did it on a pair of Pressa Detour's (Round Tires, no knobbies!)
Hurricane Pass, 12,407 ft.
Cinnamon Pass, 12,650 ft.
Whitecross Mountains in the background, down to Cleveland Gulch.
Finally back in Lake City for dinner and fun with the whole ADV Rider Gang.