I started the day back on the trail. As soon as I was on the trail, I noticed a large mountain to the south. I’m pretty sure it was Pikes Peak. It formed the backdrop of my ride all day.
Along the trail, I saw a couple of signs that said to brake for snakes. A little down the trail from the first sign was another warning about rattle snakes. I’m not sure I want to brake for rattlesnakes. I did see a few snakes on the trail, but none of them had rattles.
There was a bit of a climb today. It was like one long hill between Denver and Colorado Springs. At the crest of the hill, I had reached about 7600 feet. So far, I haven’t noticed any ill effects of the altitude. I had a bit of a headache at the top of the climb, but that may have been caffeine related. Hopefully, I have gained elevation slowly enough that I am acclimating and it won’t be a problem. Also, my original plan to be in good cardiovascular shape by the time I reach the Rockies may be paying off.
After cresting the large hill, the last 15 or so miles were mostly downhill into Colorado Springs. It has been a little wet and cool the past few days. I kind of miss the dry 90’s of western Kansas and northeast Colorado.