La Sal Hut to Moab | 36.0 miles | 8,055 ft to 4,000 ft
We left early on day 7 to be sure we'd have the energy and the time for a full ride on the Enchilada.
The 100K Encierro Velo wound predominantly through cattle & horse ranches, with occasional rock outcroppings on the edges of a wash or the crest of a hill and mountains in the western distance. A great start to my 2018 racing season.
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We're moving to Colorado. And I'm fired up about it.
But it is hard leaving the scene here in Minneapolis. The cycling community and infrastructure here are absolutely incredible. And it was in Mpls where I really got hooked.
This last week was kind of a bummer for me. I got news from both the Dirty Kanza and Leadville that my name wasn't drawn to participate in the 2018 versions of either event. I have to say, I am feeling kind of pissed off about it.
It took my three bikes to get through the PowderHorn 24 this year. Still it was a great event.
Day 2 was a nice ride. Started with a short hike down the opposite side of Last Dollar Hut from where we climbed the day before and led to a pretty easy day on gravel roads. The first 15 miles or so were especially pretty and fun; gentle downhill ride with the San Juan mountains close to our back.
After a 20 hour plus drive from Minneapolis & Milwaukee to Telluride we finally arrived in town sometime early afternoon. We made a few compulsory stops at the local watering holes, had dinner somewhere and decided to stretch our legs a bit with a ride up to the falls at the end of the canyon.