Day 15 - Salida ->Monarch Crest Trail Mountain Bike Ride
 
 
 
 
 
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado We got up early again and went to Poncha springs to catch the shuttle, we were the only people there as the weather forecast was still bad. So the shuttle guy took us up in his big pickup truck to the Monarch Pass (11,312 ft). When we got out it was about -10c and snowing lightly. The driver said he would wait for 15 minutes in case we decided to turn back if they was too much snow on the ground. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado The riding was great, the snow wasn't wet at all, and we just glided through it. Although we had ridden the trail before it was very different to the last time we were here, when we were just wearing shorts. The highest point of the ride is 12,145 ft. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado The clouds started to clear as we rode a long stretch of the continental divide trail which was above the tree line. Our tire treads were the only ones in the virgin snow. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado The clouds really started to clear up at this point in the ride, and the snow started to be thinner on the ground. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado There are plenty of ups and downs along the Monarch Crest trail, don't be fooled into thinking its a down hill trail, you need strong legs to enjoy this ride. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado As we started to drop down the trail, the snow started to disappear, but the trail itself was nice and trail with only a few sticky spots. As we passed through a boulder field we spotted little Pika's running around amongst the rocks. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado From Marshal Pass we headed along the silver creek trail, which had great single track which went through meadows, and through Aspen Groves. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado At one point in the ride we rode past beaver ponds, and had to move trees beavers had chewed down from the trail. Some of the trees chewed down were over 12" thick. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado This part of the ride was really fun as we rode down through aspen, whose leaves had all turned and the ground was carpeted with their fallen leaves. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado There's quite a few ups and downs on this last section of the trail, but its all rideable. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado
Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado Unfortunately for me on one of the fast down hill sections I lost it , and crashed heavily on the trail. I didn't break anything , which was pretty amazing considering the number of large rocks sticking up in the trail, but did loose skin of my elbow and skin off my thigh. Plus I'd obviously hit a rock hard with my thigh as it was very bruised and hurt a lot. Worst of all i'd put a hole in favorite Briko tights. Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail - Colorado

I was able to get back on my bike and we limped back towards hw 285, My leg was hurting so much by the time we got to the switch backs heading down to the road that I had to get off and walk to the road.

We then cruised the last 3 miles down to the car at Poncho Springs. We rode 35 miles in total.

On the way back to the hotel we stopped at the Walmart and bought medical supplies to treat my various cuts.

In the evening we ate at the Chinese restaurant Gourmet Chef which was very good, even though it was very uncomfortable for me sitting down due to my aching leg.

DAY 16