Durango to Moab: Day 2

To refresh yourself with Day 1, go here.

Before we knew it, we were slowly waking up to Day 2.  By the end of the week, we were a well-oiled machine, but the first morning was a bit awkward as we dressed, re-packed, ate breakfast, made lunches, cleaned and swept the hut, turned off propane, etc.  Soon enough though, we were back on the bikes and beginning our route:  Bolam Pass to Black Mesa.

We opted to start the day with the alternate singletrack route: East Fork of the Delores Trail.  I want to say it accounted for about 12 miles of the day and what a hoot it was.  Before long, we climbed up out of the forest, into open meadows, and then down to Highway 145.  We followed the highway downhill for several miles and peeled off onto a dirt road.

About this time, the skies opened up on us.  Oh, and DP had a flat because what’s more fun than repairing a flat?  That’s right, repairing a flat in the pouring rain and hail with thunder and lightning all around.  As the storm intensified, we sought refuge and waited for it to pass.

The rest of the day was spent grinding up and down dirt roads through spectacular scenery until we arrived at our hut, which was tucked away in the woods and backed up to an expansive view.

In all, we covered about 32 miles with a high elevation point of 11,420 feet.

Below are picture and video highlights of the day.

morning view...ready, set, go

morning view…ready, set, go

alpine lake

alpine lake

we're going that way

we’re going that way

Lizard Head

Lizard Head

oops

oops

fourteeners

fourteeners

the high road

the high road

Lucaca: all smiles

Lucaca: all smiles

aspen grove

aspen grove

afternoon delight

afternoon delight

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