Friday, July 25, 2014

San Juan Day 2

The next morning (check out San Juan Day 1 here), we woke up and slowly got ready for the days ride. The valley floor of Hermosa Creek was a little cool and humid.

We started to see the larger number of tourists that had shuttled that morning, including the annual Yeti Tribe event in southern Colorado.

There were apparently two groups, one dowing Hermosa and the other doing Colorado Trail from Molas Pass. After Hermosa, it was another quiet ride up to the start of Colorado Trail.

We had a quick lunch before starting the Colorado Trail.

Wildflowers were the theme of this mid-afternoon ride. It's rare to find two men so excited about wildflowers.

Aaron did not bring his camera. So for the rest of the trip, we would frequently switch the DSLR back and forth.

Big country abounds

We met some more Yeti Group folks and chatted it up. Great to have such friendly folk on the CT. Surprisngly of the 5 people we talked to, two of them had done the entire CT.

More wildflowers?! Yes please!

Before getting to Molas Pass, we turned our bikes down to Clear Lake by way of South Mineral Camground.

The "slow, wildflower pace" quickly came to a "let's try to outrun the storm pace." Bad part about this is that I had to put my sleeping bag in a dry bag (my seat bag is no longer waterproof since it is 5 years old). While I was doing this, I apparently dropped my Big Agnes Clearview sleeping pad and never noticed. Doh! I did not notice until arriving at camp in Silverton later that day.

The camera stayed in the pack while it was raining, bombing down to the campground.

The quick, 30-minute storm passed over and we were left with more blue skies. We pressed on to Silverton.

And got to a camping spot pretty early on outside of town....another camping spot next to the river!

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