Well, when I last wrote here, we were still in Salida, CO waiting for The Squid's bike to be finished. Obviously, he did get it back. It was late enough though that rather than trying to make a lot of miles, we elected to just run up to Cottonwood Hot Springs and camp there for the night. It was awesome just sitting in that hot pool and letting it work on tired, old, muscles. The guy in the front office, who seemed to do a lot of jobs there, was a funny guy, probably a little older than I and when he asked what I was riding and I told him it was a KTM, he replied "Kan't Take Much", which I thought was hilarious. He had a lot of different descriptions for bike acronyms. Camping at Cottonwood Hot Springs: Left to right: The Squid, me (Old Tom), and Captain Dave. The next day (9/24/21) we roared up and down Cottonwood pass which is all paved. We didn't bother going to the Taylor Park Trading Post since we were gassed up and had lost enough time in Salida. We had three significant water crossings all of which were easy because the water is pretty low in September. Rode through Tincup and Pitcan which were really well kept up remote towns. Much nicer than some of the ones we passed in the IDBDR. Tincup home: The next pass was Cumberland pass which was also pretty uneventful, but had nice views. A nice lady took several pictures of the three of us and the one I'm showing you has that really good looking orange bike in the foreground. On the way down we passed some old mining buildings, which were pretty collapsed. We made one wrong turn which I believe was an alternate hard section, which when we figured it out, turned around (after picking up Squid's bike), and got back on the standard route. I came back down, opened the gate and then waited for Captain Dave and The Squid to catch up. You can see a small water crossing at the bottom of the road, but in September it was literally nothing but a puddle. We just rode around it. We hit Lake City somewhat late in the evening, but Captain Dave was able to snag a cabin at the Town Square Cabins. It was nice to have a bed to sleep in after 160 miles. We were a little worn out. We had dinner at the Packer Saloon, which I can highly recommend for good eats. While there, we met three guys on KTMs heading north which was great because we were able to ask them about some of the passes we'd be running through. After their description of Ophir Pass (we met another guy who also corroborated their opinion) as loose shale which even going down was tough, we decided we'd bypass that one. It's good to know your limits and that of your bike too. After our experience on the four passes leading up to Ophir, we were glad we made that decision. More on the next day's four-pass ride tomorrow.