|Along the Vail Pass Trail|
The following morning, we were eager to get on the bike trail from Vail Pass, we headed into Frisco. Having made arrangements with Pioneer Sports, we hopped inside the shuttle to the top of the Pass. Over the next 2 hours we cruised primarily downhill over 14 miles and 1500 feet in altitude. Riding along the paved
through the scenic river valley of Ten Mile Creek and through the ski village
of Copper Mountain. Upon returning to
Frisco, bikers looking for more of a challenge can continue the ride uphill to
Breckenridge another 9.5 miles. We opted for lunch at the Butterhorn Café and Bakery, and then explored the historical town of
Frisco. Flower boxes and baskets line
Main St. adding to the beauty of the town surrounded by mountains.
|Dillon Reservoir and Frisco Bay Marina|
Once again, at the recommendation of friends, we moved from Frisco to Glenwood
Springs. Securing our campsite for the night, we contacted Canyon Bike and arranged a shuttle for yet another biking adventure, a 16-mile trip along the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon. Reserving a seat on the 8:45 shuttle, we prepared the following morning by dressing in layers and packing snacks and lunch for the trip. This nicely maintained and paved trail follows not only the River but is part of an intriguing work of engineering. Prior to the late 1800’s the canyon was considered impassable, but in 1887 the Western Railroad managed to place railroad tracks through the canyon. From 1900-1902, $30,000 was spent to push the first single lane highway across the canyon. Over the years it was upgraded, but in 1975 the Colorado legislature decided to place Interstate 70 through the canyon. After 22 years of planning, design and construction the $500 million project was completed. Not only did they build a unique highway, but in conjunction installed a paved bike trail that runs along side and, in places, underneath the highway. Considered one of the most scenic portions of the interstate system, the 12-mile stretch incorporates tunnels, bridges, and retaining walls that actually enhance the canyons appearance.
|Biking through the Canyon|