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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wooden bridge on the bike trail.

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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.

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The way this mountain rises suddenly out of plains kind of reminds me of how the cliffs west of the Hudson rise suddenly out of the valley, except this is a little higher.

2 thoughts on ““Caution: Rattlesnake Area” (August 26)

  1. Hi Brad! This is Annie’s mom. Have enjoyed following your great adventure! Think it is terrific that you can do this! Barry is here in our home for the rest of the week. Construction projects. Annie’s sister and family are in Boulder, Co. Colin is really into “extreme mountain biking”. Think you would have enjoyed visiting with him. I have a brother in Aurora and Garry has one in Canon City south of Colorado Springs. Wishing you well! Enjoy! Joyce

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