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Old 02-20-2013, 02:54 PM   #176
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Day 18: Colorful Colorado

We awoke not so early the next morning to a beautiful sunrise over the aspen trees. The spring facility was set in the middle of a large grove, quite a scenic spot.

Having stopped for an excellent breakfast in Steamboat Springs, we hit the road late this morning. It sure turned out to be a beautiful day, and we rode East for a while putting more pavement behind us.

Colorful Colorado is right.

Beautiful colors were a nice change from the rain and solid grey - brown of the previous day.

I spotted a shortcut on the GPS, turned off the highway and into the dirt.

It was easy going, but fun to be off the highway for a ways. The road offered spectacular views of the expanse before us.

Back on the road again, heading North past Lake Granby.

Time to climb.

Up we went. Here, we'd reach the highest elevation of our trip.

We were treated to a beautiful view, though clouds began to gather the higher we climbed.

At the summit, it was clear a storm system was moving in fast. The sky East of the Rockies was black, not in the least bit inviting. Hoping to avoid thunder and lightning on the mountains we retreated behind the front range and started heading South on 40. As it does in the mountains, the weather was changing quickly and we decided to push on and make a run for Golden before the rain started.

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