After many starts and stops, I finally made it down to ride the Alpine Loop in Colorado's San Juan mountains. I have been trying to do this quite some time. Originally, I was going to go in August and ride my GS over these passes. Unfortunately, I kissed a tree a little too hard going over Webster Pass outside of Denver and the GS is now in for repairs (search the Rockies section if that adventure sounds interesting). Then, my buddy Chris and I were going to leave September 10 and trailer a couple of new (to us) DR650s to explore around there and make a nice long weekend of it. Chris nicely bruised his crash bar and oil cooler, however, and NO ONE in Colorado had one; it was 7-10 days to get a new one. After that I got a case of the stomach flu that totally ruined my plans for a nice long weekend. Friday morning, I woke up feeling good, though and decided to make a shortened trip. All packed up I left about noon and rode straight down to Lake City. The campsite at Lake San Cristobal has some great views: Even better was the price. They were having some well problems and had dropped the price in half from $15.00 to $7.50, but when I spoke with the camp host, he said the season ended the day before and they were no longer taking any fees. It was free. It was a little drizzly in the evening, but made for a nice sunset. The next morning I rolled out around 7:00 a.m., ate breakfast, and headed into Lake City to top off with gas. I got on the trail about 9:00 a.m. I decided to ride the loop counterclockwise starting in Lake City and going up Engineer Pass first and then loop back around Cinnamon Pass. Looking toward Capitol City The weather was great.