Today was a beautiful and difficult day. We were constantly climbing from Kremmling towards Leadville. From the Leadville history page: Prospectors first descended upon Leadville in 1860, when gold was discovered in nearby California Gulch. Though the gold rush brought 10,000 people to Leadville, the city didn’t reach its height until 1877, when the Silver Boom was in full swing. Profitable silver mines supported a population of 30,000, including hotels, saloons, gambling halls, stores, boarding houses, and brothels. Some of the country’s greatest fortunes were made during this time, such as the Guggenheim’s, Marshal Field’s, and founder of Macy’s, David May’s.
But before we could do any prospecting or shopping, we had to get there. We spent the first 50 miles today with some cross winds and steady climb. The views were beautiful though.
We crossed several rivers, the most beautiful of which was the Blue River. Before we reached it, we crossed the Colorado. In its form here it wasn’t very impressive — it seemed impossible that this was the river that carved the Grand Canyon! When we got to Frisco, we left the road and started riding on an amazing bike path that wandered along the Blue River. There were some whimsical sculptures and beautiful houses.
After the town the path climbed up to the top of the Dillon Dam. It was quite a switchback but I made it! The view was totally worth it!
From there I took the shuttle to the summit at Fremont Pass.
When we arrived in Leadville it was SUCH a relief. Two of our team members went down with altitude sickness – one out on the ride and one once she got here. Both are recovering but it’s a miserable feeling until it passes.
Here’s to a better tomorrow!