July 24, Colorado Trail - Cascade Divide Rd. to Corral Draw

Day 2.  Packed up the sleeping bags, clothes and tent.  We thought we were riding 15 miles today.  We ended up riding 19.9 miles.  After it rained all night, we woke up to a clear morning.  Climbed a mile up the road we descended to last nights camp, and turned left on the Colorado Trail.  Don and Val left about 1 hour before us, as they are early risers.  We rode on some of the most gorgeous singletrack, with awesome views everywhere.  We saw hardly anyone on the trails.

Francine climbing the open meadow.

Francine reaching a saddle

Kevin - the views everywhere are gorgeous

Did we mention the narrow, beautiful singletrack?

Gorgeous meadow, probably at 11,000 feet.

And more climbing

Climb up to the pass (11,700) in the background and descend.

Descend into this valley, and climb up to another ridge, Blackhawk Pass (12,240 ft) in the middle background.

Wildflowers are only mediocore for us

Only a few more miles to camp.
We hit the 16 mile mark on the trail, and still didn't see camp.  Climbed a hill and descended to camp at the 19.9 mile mark.  They need to update our directions.  Rode about 1-2 miles pass Corral Draw.  What a relief to finally see the van and camp at 10,783 feet.  We set up our tents, took sun showers, started cooking dinner, and then the thunderstrom and lightning hit.  The rain/lightning was not as hard as last night, and eventually subsided.  Had a nice, relaxing night at camp, and hit the sack early again.

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