Day 3 took us from Black Mesa to the Dry Creek Basin and was the first day with no singletrack. While no day on the entire route is devoid of some serious climbing, we were all very excited about the more than 5,000 feet of descent we would enjoy. Early on we descended a rough and rocky “road” that added a small amount of technical excitement for the day, but most of the day was spent on easy going gravel and dirt roads.
Along the way there were outstanding views and the change in scenery as we dropped from 11,000 feet down to the Dry Creek Basin was incredible. The Miramonte Reservoir was a little bit of a disappointment. Technically, you have to purchase a recreation pass to use it (which we all did in advance), but the water was very low and it was almost impossible to walk in the water without sinking to your knees in silt. Regardless, we all managed to take a dip and some even did a little laundry.
We rode through a rain storm on the last leg of the day — surprise — and the soil around the Dry Creek Basin hut became a sticky muddy mess. The rain moved on though and we arrived early enough to explore the area. A couple of spots overlooking the basin even had cell service allowing us to check in with family.