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I think the best advice I’ve come across for “planning a trip on the Colorado Trail” is “Don’t plan how many miles you’re going to ride – just ride and enjoy it”. There are too many unknowns that come into play on a ride like this. Weather can delay for hours or days. Fitness (especially coming from sea-level) level is unknown. There are no 4 hour climbs in New England – at least not that climb 2000-3000 feet. So whether the attempt is by miles or hours – either way a plan is just a WAG.

Having said that, I do have a general plan and strategy – albeit a very flexible one. The strategy is basically this: 2 hours riding, 1-2 hours break, 2 hours riding, 1-2 hours break….and *maybe* another 2 hours of riding. I will probably look back at this and laugh at my ignorance.

Here’s the plan:

Sunday (45 Miles)

  • C-470 Bike Trail to Waterton Canyon, Colorado Trail Trailhead. 19 miles, 1.5 hours
  • Segment 1. 17 Miles, 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Segment 2. 10 Miles, 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Camp at Buffalo Creek Access Point
  • Monday (27 Miles)

  • Segment 3. 12 Miles, 3 hours
  • Hwy 285 Detour to Baily. 8 Miles, 1 hour
  • Hwy 285 Detour to Ben Tyler Trail. 6.5 Miles, 1.5 hours
  • Camp just past Ben Tyler Trail Trailhead
  • Tuesday (18 Miles)

  • Hwy 285 Detour to Kenosha Pass. 12 Miles, 3 hours
  • Segment 6 to Jefferson Creek Bridge 6 Miles, 1.5 hours
  • Camp at Jefferson Creek Bridge
  • Wednesday (26 Miles)

  • Segment 6 (continued). 26 Miles, 6.2 hours
  • DRINK BEER – Breckenridge/Dillon Sleep in condo or hotel
  • Thursday (19 Miles)

  • Segment 7. 13 miles, 3 hours
  • Segment 8 to mile 6.2, 1.5 hours
  • Camp (in meadow)
  • Friday (43 Miles)

  • Segment 8 (continued). 19.2 miles, 4.5 hours
  • Segment 9/10 Detour. 23.8 miles, 2.5 hours
  • Camp at Segment 11 Trailhead
  • Saturday (41 Miles)

  • Segment 11. 22 miles, 3.5 hours
  • To Buena Vista. 19 miles, 2 hours
  • DRINK BEER – Sleep in house