Today was one of the most beautiful rides of the trip! During our 60 mile ride on day 18, we ran into a little bit of everything. We encountered hot and cold, sun and rain, arid desert and alpine forests, climbs and downhills, headwinds and tailwinds. If you can name it, we proably ran into it.
The day began in the rocky Utah desert, where we climbed up a little hill, then stopped at one of the most beautiful vistas so far in the trip that overlooked many miles of Utah's breathtaking red landscape. Then we rode down a very steep, curvy road that had even steeper drop offs on one side. This lead us down into a canyon that we followed until we started climbing again.
We climbed up to the top of a plateau where they had built a road along a very narrow ridge. a few feet on either side of the road there was a very steep drop off that lead 100+ ft down into the canyons below. It was truly a marvel of human engineering.
Check out the video below to see how incredible this day was!
After the narrow ridge, we descended into the town of Boulder and then immediately up the pass to Boulder Mountain, which happened to be 9,600 ft high. It was a very, very long climb, but the higher in elevation we got, the cooler the temperature got. It was a nice relief from the unrelenting desert sun.
The climb up Boulder Mountain was followed by an equally as steep downhill. During the descent, we encountered a rare desert occurrence, a rainstorm. It didn't last long, but it felt odd to be cold and wet in the middle of the day when I had been baking in the morning.
Overall it was one of the best rides so far. It was spectacularly beautiful, and although it had the second most feet of climbing on the trip, it was a lot of fun.