Friday, October 7, 2011
Rare Treat - The Colorado National Monument
When all the planets align just so, I try to take advantage of it as I did a week or so ago. I opted for my default road ride -- that's the ride I do when I know I'll be by myself, and I have a couple hours -- which is the Colorado National Monument.
I prefer the west side climb for a few reasons. The main body of the climb is not as steep as the east side, but that's not why I prefer it. It's the fact that it keeps on climbing, pretty much all the way to the Black Ridge, and even after that there are three more short climbs to reach the high point.
When you hit the high point, there is a fair bit of descending, but not nearly as much as going the other direction.