Day 44: Beaver Creek, CO to Glenwood Springs, CO
Total Mileage: 57 miles
Gloria told us the ride into Glenwood Springs would mostly be downhill. I checked on the elevation difference and we go down about 2300 feet in elevation from Beaver Creek to Glenwood Springs, which meant today’s ride would be cake. Because we knew today would be easier than the past couple of days, we got to sleep in till 6AM, a whopping extra hour. No matter how early or late we get up, it always takes us about 2 hours to get up and roll out of the host. We’re not the most efficient team when it comes to getting ready for the ride in the morning, but we get the work done.
Today, we were joined again by Alex and Dan on our way to Glenwood Springs. Great hosts and great company.
Today’s team name: Ohana Cave with Gloria, Rachael, and Carolyn. The theme today was based off of different terrains (i.e. tundra, desert, cave, etc). Rachael wanted to ride with Gloria and me today, so we kind of cheated with the random assignment. Carolyn chose stalactite, which meant she was the last team member of our cave group. The Ohana came from my dedication, cause I dedicated my ride to my family. Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind. Ohana also means taking a lot of awkward family photos, which was a major part of our day. Poses inspired by the one and only Rachael Taylorson, enjoy!
The most scenic part of the ride was going through the Glenwood Canyon bike path, that runs along side the Colorado River. You’re literally surrounded on both sides by red rock formations that climb as high as 1300 feet. Along the path runs the Hanging Lake Trail that leads up to a U.S. National Natural Landmark.
Fortunately, a group of us took the van to the Hanging Lakes once we all arrived at our host. The Hanging Lake Trail itself was formed by travertine deposition where the natural geologic and hydro-logic processes continue to operate as they have done throughout the history of the lake (http://www.visitglenwood.com/hanging-lake). Travertine is formed from dissolved deposits of limestone that give the lake its aqua color. There was a fallen tree trunk that ran through the middle of the lake, which allowed us to traverse the water and take awesome “walking on water” pictures.
We had great luck finding hosts these past couple of days, especially since we decided to reroute last minute and cycle to different cities that weren’t listed on the 4K website. Gloria knew of a family in Glenwood Springs that were willing to host and make dinner for all 26 of us. A big thanks to Mava and Bob for our third homestay in a row. The generosity and hospitality we’ve received from the both of them are unparalleled to none, especially with such short notice. We really appreciate all the help and are grateful for your kindness.