Friday - We had an amazing ride today! We followed the Arkansas River down the mountain, riding through canyons where at times it was just the river, the road, and the railroad enclosed by canyon walls over 100 metres tall. I thought this picture turned out quite well considering that I took it one-handed while cycling, but neither words nor pictures can really do it justice.
We started the day just outside Salida and my group took a detour through their beautiful downtown. We stopped at a cafe for coffee and pastries and then rode a nice path along the river where people could stop to go swimming or tubing down the river.
Distance: 103.7 km
Elevation: +1975 / -4115 ft
Average speed: 29.3 km/h