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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 17 of Colorado Ride-2011

A great ride along the small streams in the valley before reaching Red Cliff. The view from the bridge was awesome. The start of the climb up Battle Mountain is right after the bridge crossing and continues for about a mile. From the top it is a quick four miles downhill into Minturn. Minturn was important to the Rio Grande as a helper yard for it's push up Tennessee Pass and through the tunnel. The ride to Gypsum follows old highway 6 and some bike paths through Avon and Beaver Creek.

A view of the Town of Gilman, now a ghost town.

At the top of Battle Mountain, ready to enjoy the ride into Minturn

Fireweed along the roadside.

The bridge at Red Cliff

Day 17 of Colorado Ride-2011

Day 16 of Colorado Ride-2011

Rode the Mineral Belt Trail through the mining districts around Leadville. Many old buildings and mine sites still visiable from the trail. A great trail with lots of information about the various points of interest along the trail. The ride out of Leadville was a gentle one with lots of open prairies and mountains as a backdrop.
Stopped to photograph some old structures along the road. Reached the summit of Tennessee Pass and stopped to read the information about the 10th Mountain Division before heading down to Camp Hale. No structures left from the days of WWII only a few foundations and concrete pads.

Camp Hale, once the home of the 10th Mountain Division, is now a campground.

The summit of Tennessee Pass.

An old log building on the way up Tennessee Pass.

A view of Leadville from the highest point on the trail.

One of many mines with buildings still intact.

A great trail through the mining areas of Leadville.

Day 16 of Colorado Ride-2011

Day 15 of Colorado Ride-2011

Resumed the ride from the point where I was picked up. The views of the mountains, mostly 14ers, were awesome. Clouds floating by made for some great shadows on the landscape. A gentle climb to the Cloud City of Leadville. Plan to ride the Mineral Belt Trail before riding on to Camp Hale tomorrow.

Cloud City, USA

Awesome view.

The headwaters of the Arkansas River are near Leadville.

Which way should I go?

Day 15 of Colorado Ride-2011