Tearing down camp was a little slower because Lee was not feeling well the night before. His nausea and dizziness could easily be attributed to the elevation. On previous trips, he had always been living in Leadville; now he resides in Tucson most of the year at 2500 feet above sea level.
I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the camp while camp was broken down. We had a great start to this trip once we got on the trail and this first night's camping spot was stunning.
We started to roll at about 8 a.m heading toward the Colorado Trail. Lee was still not feeling well so the planned pace was going to be slow.
This allowed for many stops along the way.
And, of course, a some hike-a-bike
...and more hike-a-bike.
We stopped for lunch in a beautiful bed of wildflowers, eating some bars and fruit. Lee had scouted out on Topofusion an unknown route down Bear Canyon. It was barely a trail on maps, making a possible adventure in the works. The trail connects into Colorado Trail just east of Twin Sisters.
We actually saw Cat on the trail. After a brief chat about Bear Canyon, one of her friends confirmed what we had assumed: adventure. She gave us some beta saying that it started near where we were talking. We found the trail and started taking it despite the GPS saying that the trail was higher. We even saw two runners that were exploring the area for the same trail. Unfortunately, the trail quickly disappeared. Upon further bushwacking, Scott decided to go higher in elevation without his bike while Lee and I stayed with the bikes. He did find the trail but not before we opted to just take the Colorado Trail. Later on in the evening, we did see a cairn where the trail hit the Million Dollar Highway.
We continued down the Colorado Trail and on toward Silverton for food....hamburgers and french fries. Lee and Scott decided to nap while I went down to take a dip in the river. Ahhhhhh.
We met up for the final push up the Million Dollar Highway toward Bear Pass Road that would take us toward Telluride. The paved road had a good number of cars. If you are planning to do this route, I would recommend that you add a day in just climb the roads/trails outside of Silverton that would connect with Red Pass.
As we got closer, we realized that there was a pilot car that was about 1-mile long. When we go there, the pilot car had stopped, but the CDOT had placed and automatic stoplight in said location. We asked for a ride from a random truck; it turned out to be some construction workers doing some stuff in Durango. They were super nice and gave us a ride to Bear Pass Road.
We rode up about 3 miles and set up camp in a valley with two beautiful waterfalls in the distance. The resupply in Silverton made for great dinner options...plenty of sanwiches, chips, bars, etc.