Colorado, USA – Resplendent in the Fall – Simply Stunning – and Cycling Up Some Very Steep Hills – Cycling the Great Divide
We are currently in Breckenridge, Colorado, and are about to embark on the highest part of our Great Divide route, which will involve cycling over passes of around 12,000 feet. So far we have cycled more than 1720 miles since we started in Calgary, Canada, and have done 81,000 feet of climbing.
Autumn is the hunting season in Colorado so there are more people up in the hills than usual. It starts with Bow and Arrow for a few weeks then they are allowed to use progressively more powerful guns. This meant we had to be careful and be seen! We had heard a male elk calling during the night, a beautiful, eerie sound like a mixture between a bugle and someone tuning bagpipes. The hunters were very nice but I hope the elk got away.
We saw our first black bear. It crossed the road in front of us and shot up the bank at great speed. It looked like quite a young one but luckily mum and dad were not around. In fact it caused a bit of a pile up as I was all for cycling on quickly and Bernie was trying to stop and take a picture.
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