It’s that time of year again when the air becomes a tad crisper and leafy aspens explode with brilliant shades of yellow, red, and gold in Northern Colorado. Unfortunately, I will be in California when the Colorado fall colors hit their peak, but I got a good preview during a delightful
200-mile self-supported bicycle ride on Monday. [Mile 0, 4:15 a.m.] Canny all set to go, all loaded up and weighing in at 35.4 lbs. [Mile 45, 8:15 a.m.] The view of the Front Range from Timnath. [Mile 87, 11:02 a.m.] Cornfields, snow-capped mountains, and horses. [Mile 95, 11:40 a.m.] Canny makes a new friend. [Mile 105, 12:16 p.m.] Beautiful Colorado fall colors! [Mile 103, 12:30 p.m.] First "real" test of the day: a "Level 5 Road," featuring a 18% grade I had (in months prior) gone down at 52.5 mph! [Mile 104, 12:38 p.m.] Felix Wong overlooking the north end of the Horsetooth Reservoir. [Mile 105, 12:53 p.m.] There are an abundance of mountain biking trails here. [Mile 107, 1:15 p.m.] Some bluffs in picturesque Horsetooth Reservoir. [Mile 110, 1:20 p.m.] You can see the expanse of the Horsetooth Reservoir, the largest body of water in CO. Amazingly, each August 100 people swim its entire 6.1-mile length! [Mile 115, 1:10 p.m.] In historic Masonville now... [Mile 122, 2:12 p.m.] Nice fountain. [Mile 121, 2:08 p.m.] Toothy red rock. [Mile 121, 2:17] Yes, I love my bike. Canny in front of an unnamed lake. [Mile 123, 2:27 p.m.] More CO fall colors. The female cyclist in this photo warned me that she had just seen a baby black bear nearby here! [Mile 132, 3:26 p.m.] Sailboats in Carter Lake. [Mile 172, 6:22 p.m.] Back at the south end of the Horsetooth Reservoir again. [Mile 195, 8:22 p.m.] Canny in Fort Collin's Old Town. Twenty minutes later... home!