July 21 – Day 6 Platoro-ish, CO to Silverton, CO We only get a few rain drops overnight, but it seems like all our gear is pretty damp. We start heading up into the Rio Grande Forest and past Platoro. This is the road I crashed on last year. It’s wide open and smooth, and I got caught up enjoying the view instead of paying attention to the road. I took a minor bend in the road too fast, locked up the rear, high sided, landed on my head and shoulder. A guy passing in an SUV with New Mexico plates helped me pick up the bike. All my gear did it’s job except my gloves which ripped, and my hands were cut up. They helped me bandage my hands since I couldn’t hold still enough to open the bandages. They offered to give me a ride back to town. I politely refused. After a few minutes and some Ibuprofen, I was back on my way. I tried to show Wes the exact spot it happened, but I really couldn’t remember where. Looking back I was probably a bit concussed, and that’s why I said I wouldn’t do this ride solo again. I remember having trouble getting out words to answer the guy’s questions. Being the stubborn jackass I am, I lived and finished the ride. We go through Summitville and hit Indiana Pass soon enough. Just off the pass is Grayback Mountain. There is a little road that we took to the top of Grayback that isn’t on gpsKevin’s route. Up there we meet Tim from Florida and his crew on a couple of side by sides. There were a little suspicious when I pulled the drone out. Back down the mountain, we get to the point where I mapped out our detour. I mapped this out in Basecamp with no idea what the roads were like. Turned out to be a fun little stretch to South Fork. Instead of continuing on CR 14 to Del Norte, we hung a left on Forest Road 345 which eventually turns into CR 60 into South Fork. The plan was to head to South Fork, take the highway to Creede, then past the Rio Grande Reservoir, and follow some county roads to Silverton. From there, we would do a good portion of the Alpine Loop before cutting across to Sargents to get back on the Divide. Should be no problem getting to Silverton. These are county roads which in West Texan means straight, flat, and dry! The part where I went down was rather rocky and steep, and we had been climbing for some time. About 20 yards more, and I would have been home free! A few minutes more puts us at the top of Stony Pass at 12,650 feet. I had no idea that I mapped something like this. Better to be lucky than good. According to my limited research, Stony Pass is on the actual Continental Divide, so we may be on to something here…just saying. We get down the pass and into Silverton for the night. I hang a left at the first campground we see coming into town. Big mistake. We walk up to the office...30 bucks they said. Seems steep but we look around, the town is packed, and it's starting to rain pretty good. We were out of camp food and wanted to get a real bite to eat, so we bite the bullet. She directs us to their tent area, which turns out to be a swamp. Took forever to find a halfway decent place to throw a tent. Head into town and grab a bite and some brews at Golden Block Brewery. By the time we ride back to camp, it's dark and the rain is picking up.