Total Miles: 605
Rider: Laurie Ferris Singsaas; Non-Member.
Summary: This was the Winter Park to Durango trip starting August 7. I believe the year was 1977...not sure. It was me and 10 guys of varying ages. The price was $173. I have pics and the my original map with all our way points clearly marked. Here's the description of the best vacation I have ever had. I am planning on doing it again. I was 25 then; I'm 59 now. Kowabunga..."This year's pioneer trip is going to cover on of several possible routes for the southern leg of the Great Parks Bicycle Route in Colorado. This is a strenuous trip for strong, silled cyclists. The route will take you over seven Rocky Mountain passes, which range from 9,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation. The passes will afford majestic views as well as a terrific challenge and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Highlights of the trip will include visits to two national parks (Rocky Mountain National Park and Mesa Verde National Park), Central City (a well restored gold mining town)O, and side trips to the historical towns of Crested Butte and Telluride. The pioneer tour designation means that minimal route information will be provided, other than a map and a leader. The group will gather information and material fo later Bikecentennial publications. The trip itinerary will remain flexible, so here's your chance for a real adventure-packed trip. the Great Parks Bicycle route will eventually stretch from Jasper, Alberta, Canada to southern Colorado. Special note: Cyclists living at elevations below 5,000 feet should plan to arrive at the Winter Park hostel a few days prior to their trip departure date to allow time to acclimate to the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains." ; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? Bikecentennial provided us with a fantastic tour guide, who kept us all organized. I have a list of everyone's names somewhere, but I haven't been able to find it.
Health Issues: Being a California newbie, originally from New Jersey and therefore having no concept of altitude (or direction), I took the advice in the trip description and arrived a few days early to adjust to the altitude. I stayed with a friend in Boulder before heading over to Winter Park.
Motivation: The challenge and adrenaline rush of pumping up all the passes in the beautiful Colorado mountains was irresistable.
Most Challenging Aspect:Riding through the afternoon rains in August. The faster riders could avoid getting drenched; unfortunately I wasn't one of them.
Favorite Experience: The daily evening readings from a comical, sci-fi novel that one of the riders had brought along, "The Stainless Steel Rat," by Harry Harrison. We took turns reading for a few nights, but the duty was unanimously assigned by one of the riders, who could do all the character's voices...hilariously!
Least Favorite: Missing the destination lunch stop on a day when peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were on the lunch menu, and I was carrying all the bread. They found me 4 hours later at the final destination point. I was in deep do-do.
Tips: Ride On! and On! and On! and never stop....
Date Entered: Aug, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello