Goodbye Colorado

After Silverthorne, we made it in three days to Steamboat Springs, but not completely dry. On the day reaching Steamboat Springs, we crossed Lynx Pass (8,937 feet) and then it all started to come down on us. Till then, we cycled six weeks more or less in complete dryness. Just few drops ! After Lynx Pass, an isolated thunderstorm caught us. Pretty impressive and scary ! We sheltered from the T-storm and continued to meet heavy rains later on just before entering lovely Steamboat Springs. Dried up at Starbucks, we decided to camp anyway at the campsite north of town. Steamboat Springs is famous for having hot springs and being a perfect ski resort in winter. So we were not that unhappy, that the weather and the forecast made us decide to stay two days in this healthy resort (look at some of the ‘wet’ pictures. The rivers were flooding and hadn’t been so high in 101 years !). We visited twice the natural hot springs in town, so our skins got renewed by all the minerals from the deep down.

Someone is cheating on this picture below and pushing the bike instead of just biking !! Find her ! This is on a singletrack path around Stagecoach Reservoir south of Steamboat Springs, CO.

It was hard for us to leave Colorado as we kind of fell in love with this state. At least the parts we’ve been riding through with gorgeous landscapes, friendly ‘green’ and fit people, cool hang-out cities like Salida, Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne, and Steamboat Springs. So during our first day in Wyoming, we had a double feeling. On the one hand, it felt like ‘sh*t, we did leave Colorado’. On the other hand ‘cool, we made it to the third state’. We’ll see what Wyoming has to offer. As far as we’ve heard, there would be wind, afternoon storms and desolate stretches to cycle through. No, we’re bad ! We also heard that the scenery is absolutely phenomenal. And concerning the wind and storms, maybe we’ll get lucky.

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To tell the truth, our first encounter with Wyoming’s scenery, wasn’t disappointing at all. The beauty of the ride through the Sierra Madre (mountains dominated by narrow canyons, mines and unknown wilderness areas with sand dunes) made us say quite a few times ‘pretty stunning’ (Soraya also often said: ‘Putain !! Is this endless ?!’). On the other hand, there is Rawlins, our first city in Wyoming. How to descibe this spot in Wyoming ? The first person we spoke to here, was a woman originally from New Jersey, who moved to Rawlins because of her parents-in-law. She said ‘On the day my parents-in-law will die out, that’s the day we get out of here’ (we have permission to quote her). Anyway, today we stay a day in Rawlins to recover and reload, and then we’re gonna rock the Great Divide Basin !

And a little background info about one of the photos in the slideshow, the one with the dead trees: there’s a beetle story to tell ! The bug is called mountain pine beetle and their favorite meal is pine ! Thousands and thousands of trees are affected (dead) and it makes sad scenery in Colorado and sad photos. You want more info ?

Watch your bugs, S&M

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