Cycling in Colorado

After leaving the Utah desert and a quick overnight in Blanding, UT we headed across the UT/CO border and cycled into Colorado into the little town of Dove Creek.

The desolation of northern Arizona and Utah was amazingly beautiful but, now that we have arrived in a more built up area, we are luxuriating with grocery stores and towns! And the towns come with Warm Showers hosts, the first of which we stayed with in Dove Creek. Pastor Gregg took care of us for 2 nights and we used one of his vehicles to get into Cortez and visit a bike shop. He also made us great pinto beans, as he lives in the pinto bean capital! After Dove Creek, we cycled across Disappointment Valley and camped for 1 night in Naturita, CO, followed by another Warm Showers host – Kelvin in Norwood. A nice ride from Norwood brought us to the pretty town of Ridgway, where we stayed at our third Warm Showers host – Debbie’s beautiful home in downtown, with amazing mountain views. And an easy cycle from there brought us to the larger town of Montrose where we enjoyed 2 great nights with Rod & Judy, who host many cyclists from Warm Showers.

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Eating pinto beans with Gregg in Dove Creek

Disappointment Valley, Colorado
Arriving in Naturita, Colorado
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Staying with Kelvin in Norwood
Hanging out in the library in Norwood, CO
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The road to Kelvin’s house in Norwood
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Cycling across southwest Colorado
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Beautiful views
So much more water in Colorado, than we saw cycling in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah
Snow in the distance
Another climb…
Ridgway in the distance
Staying at a Warm Showers host in Ridgway
Beautiful views from our Ridgway Warm Showers host house
Having great pizza at Colorado Boy in Ridgway
We’re in Colorado now…
The green of Colorado… Quite a change from the Utah desert
Downtown Ridgway, Colorado
Breakfast at Cimarron Coffee in downtown Ridgway, CO
The ride from Ridgway to Montrose, via the great Ridgway bike path
Dom on the bike path heading from Ridgway to Montrose
Rod and Judy, our wonderful Montrose Warm Showers hosts.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Obligatory selfie at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Join us next on this blog, as we head further into Colorado and cycle through Curecanti National Recreation Area and on to the town of Gunnison and from there, a change of transportation!

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