Salida Inn & Monarch Suites
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... and memorable evening, but the day started far less auspiciously. Today involved a mammoth climb of 27 miles and almost 4,000 feet from Salida to Marshall Pass (10,842 feet). What we didn't need, therefore, was a late departure and more rain. But that's exactly what we got - plus a snow storm. This morning we had to take our bikes into the workshop in Salida. The chains have done over 1,200 miles and the brake pads are none existent. We dropped them in about eleven and ...
... 11,482 feet, this was by far the highest we have been on a bike so far and the second highest point on the whole divide, but our caffeine fuelled bodies pushed us up the ten mile climb in good time and without too much of a struggle. It was supposed to be a short day with camp just the other side of the pass, but because it was still early and also because the next few days are forecast for thunder storms and snow, we decided to push on ten miles to Como which involved an ...
... CO. Filled up on fuel and oil (sustained 8k rpms on the Vstrom through OK for hours on end seems to have burned about 1 qt), and found our way to the trail. From here on out we'll call the Trans America Trail the "TAT". 3 letter acronyms seem to be all the rage these days, so lets jump on board. The TAT is a system of gravel/dirt roads, forest roads, atv trails, mountain passes, etc from E TN to the ...
... so I was trying to stay as close to the guardrail as possible. At one point, my front pannier clipped the rail and threw me sideways into the road. It happened so fast that I couldn't unclip my left shoe from the pedal to catch myself. The bike fell on my left leg and the chainring cut my right leg. I have some giant bruises and cuts. A Jeep passed going the opposite way and saw me fall but they didn't stop. I was a lot more careful after ...
... up sleeping in a Safeway car park...again feeling like failed campers; even more so as we were just outside one of the best parks to camp in. Oh well; onwards and upwards as the following day we had planned a serious hiking trail! So, we got up early and decided to try our luck at a campsite called morraine Park. It had a space (which is extremely lucky) and so we could relax for the day, knowing we had somewhere to stay for the night. Our first campsite! In the Rocky ...