*^%* THE ROCKIES. ^*&% COLORADO. I am done. I am exhausted every day. Colorado is a beautiful state, but I don’t think it is worth the effort. Every day is all about climbing another 3000 feet. Today, the climbing was against the wind, making it that much worse. Starting tomorrow, I head toward the Lizard Head Pass, a 10,000 foot pass with nearly 4000 feet of climbing from where I ended today. It doesn’t end when I get out of the Rockies. Utah has a 9,000 foot pass and a 10,000 foot pass. Nevada has many smaller mountain ranges all the way across the state. Then I hit the Sierra Nevadas. If this is all that is left, is it really worth it?

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When I started, someone asked if I had a deadline to finish the ride. I told her I planned to finish by Labor Day. Asked what I would do if I hadn’t finished by Labor Day, I said it depended on where I was. If I was a week away from finishing, I would probably finish. If I was four weeks away from finishing, I would have to think about it. Today is Labor Day, and I am at least four weeks from the west coast. Maybe it is time to find the closest Amtrak station, and head that way.

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Climbing out of Ridgway.

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Climbing up the Dallas Divide.

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The only positive thing today happened at the end of the day. I made it to a free campground about two and a half miles north of Placerville. There is a small grocery in Placerville, but it was closed for Labor Day. Anyway, as I was taking a break before setting up camp, a fisherman came by and started packing away his things for the night. He gave me some water and a couple of Larabars. It was awful nice of him, especially since I wasn’t able to refill my water bottles at Placerville.

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Northeast of Placerville, erosion has carved out a rock that looks like a Jayhawk.

At the end of today’s ride, I thought about taking rest day tomorrow. I will see how I feel in the morning. If I can make it to Dolores before I take a rest day, maybe I will take two days. I will at least be out of the Rockies at that time.

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