After a whopping big ranch breakfast and lots of conversation with the owners, we finally left the Ladder Ranch around 09:00. It was a cool and overcast morning but we had lots of climbing to do so that was ok.
After a few minutes of riding we rode into Colorado and it started raining. It rained virtually the entire ride- sometimes hard, sometimes moderate, sometimes mixed with hail… It was a cold rain, too, as we were riding up to a nearly 9,000′ summit.
Well, parts of the ride were muddy and sloppy but we did see several deer and rode through a beautiful forest of huge aspens.
We finally hit pavement after about 25 miles and shortly thereafter saw a man power washing a fire rescue/EMT truck. So Johnny and I pulled in and asked if he had a hose so we could wash the mud off our bikes, trailers and bags. He said he’d wash everything for us, and he did!
With more rain in the forecast, we are in a teeny cabin instead of a tent camp site. We have showered. have laundry going and are just finishing 5’sies- life is good!
Daily totals: 29 miles and 3,000′ of climbing
We woke up to sheep rubbing their various body parts all around our cabin:
The beautiful Little Snake River valley:
And where we are headed:
High winds and rain means tree debris and muddy roads:
The beautiful aspen forest. Johnny D is standing at the base of some of the trees for scale:
A pretty doe and fawn in the woods:
An old timer cabin- these are scattered everywhere in the mountains around here: