Colorado Part Two: The rest day in Buena Vista gave me the opportunity to do some bike maintenance. My wireless phone charger melted after being rained on and dunked but otherwise everything else on the bike was still working. Leaving from Buena Vista it was up and over Independence Pass and into Aspen, the fires further west made the navigation on this part a little tricky as some stuff had been shut down until very recently. Hagerman Pass down into Leadville was a lot of fun, I had come over this in July and there was still significant snow at the top but by this time of year it had all melted. After Leadville it was on to the high point of the CDT, literally in this case. Mosquito Pass would be the only time I would be above 13,000 feet during this trip. The pass is rocky, loose, and on the west face has four switchbacks. Three of them were fine, not as bad as stuff you'll see on the COBDR. One however had been seriously washed out and had several steps on the face. Unfortunately for me my line choice wasn't what it could have been and as I started up one of the steps the left side of my skidplate hit a rock and tossed me over. I landed directly on the existing bruise from a fall three days before coming over the Monarch Crest Trail, that one hurt. After a little help from a passerby I got up to the top of Mosquito and ran into a couple doing the GPS Kevin International Continental Divide Ride (not the same as the GDR). The wind was epic but they were pretty unhappy with GPS Kevin's route choices as they had also come over Webster Pass. Thankfully they were on WR250's and were past the hard part. Seeing the storm brewing in the background we said hello and goodbye very quickly and moved on our respective ways. Due to the weather coming in I bypassed Georgia Pass and took Boreas Pass road over to Breckenridge/Summit County. I lived in Breckenridge for several years and was familiar with the area. You generally don't want to try the northern side of Georgia Pass or any of the Swan River Forks after any kind of rain as they turn back into streams. I camped that night just north of Silverthorne. From there I continued north, skirting the edge of the Williams Fork Fire. Thankfully I got through without hitting any road closures and continued up pretty easy ranch roads and some fun two track trails into Steamboat Springs. From there it was more ranch roads and two track up into Wyoming, stopping at the Red Desert Rose Trailer Park in Rawlins. Highly suggest them, this was the second time I've stayed there and they are wonderful. Getting into Rawlins I just barely beat a storm so I hunkered down and got ready to take on the Great Divide Basin the next morning.