This section I have been dreading ever since I started planning the trip. Bike Packers have 2 options when finishing segment 3. Either a 70 mile detour through mostly fire roads, or 30 miles through Bailey and up US-285.
The traffic is very heavy and in some spots there is virtually no shoulder. Plus the climb is huge. Bailey sits 7700ft and the top of the pass is at 10,000ft.
It was a happy moment when I saw the sign confirming the achievment.