Clayton, NM – Blue Lake Campground, CO
Miles Ridden – 192
Total Miles – 2,392
Today’s Travel Time – 11.5 hrs
Animal Totem – Prairie Dog
What I learned today – Double check campsite elevations when you’re in Colorado!
Only a few debacles today. After a stop off at the post office where we mailed home 20 lbs of stuff we didn’t need…
After an hour or so we took a break in the only shade we could find for miles around.
Riding up some washed out switch backs I took a spill, but luckily I was OK and so was the bike, and Stef caught the whole thing on his GoPro!
When we got to the top of the switch backs we rode for miles on an amazingly beautiful high plain. We paused at the unmarked Colorado border, and saw the Rockies in the distance.
After coming down off the plain we stopped for a side of the road snack in some more shade we found in an abandoned little town.
Fortunately we reached camp with a wee bit of daylight left. Unfortunately the campsite was at about 10,500 feet. Cold, windy and complete with snow on the ground. I immediately went to the bathroom and put on every piece of clothing I had with me! Then set up camp, ate, and climbed as quickly as possible into my sleeping bag. I wanted to stay up to see the full moon, but even at 10:30 it was still hiding behind one of the mountain peaks. After our full day I fell right asleep despite the chill in the air.