We came to Colorado this year with the wish to return leaner and with better cardio. To wit, we rigged up a way to transport Carl's 3 wheel recumbent and headed northwest .
Our first ride was only 4.5 miles around lake Estes. Nearly died. 7500 feet elevation.
Properly humbled we headed down to 4600 foot Fort Collins where we spent a week on their lovely trails along the poudre river and clear creek. Much to love on their trails.The valley is good enough to take by the spoonful.
I formed a new plan to ride uphill first and downhill last and we moved into the town of Carbondale on the Roaring Fork. From our rv it is a short connect to the trail and 2 miles uphill into town where we have found every least desire can be met.
Then we set out on the rio grande trail in the direction of aspen. Our first ride was 20 miles . Lots of work to get there and a blast to return. The grade is the old rio grande rail line, slow and chugging, just like me. Saw a rodeo arena along the way and plan to attend the weekly rodeo while we are here.
I'd stay in Carbondale forever except for reaching the two week limit at the city's Rv park. Sunsets are awesome too.