Kieth dropped us at the start of the TAT outside of Trinidad, CO.
It was a rainy and cool morning. With a bit of mud.
We spent the day chasing the sun with a destination of Salida, CO.
Wide open spaces out here... I try to capture that in the photos.
We made it into Salida, CO where we stayed for the night.
The next morning we had breakfast in town.
And then headed towards our first mountain pass of the day.
Up Marshall Pass.
Then headed towards Lake City, CO for gas before tackling our second pass for the day.
Taking a break for lunch along the way.
Our 2nd Pass, Cinnamon Pass, starts off tame enough on pavement...
But quickly turns to gravel.
As we climb higher, the road narrows, and gets steeper.
A quick stop around 10K Feet to snoop around the old structures.
Nikki is feeling good, and her riding is impressive.
We did have one mishap here, when she decided she wanted to kick the snow drift.
It took some time to get the bike started after it fell over. The combination of altitude and engine flooding made for a few tense moments. But it started eventually and all was well. Her bike was really struggling to make any horsepower between 10K and 12K feet.
Continuing up the last thousand feet or so...
Above the tree-line.
We made it!
We are insignificant out here. Everything is so massive.
We descend down into an abandoned mining town, Animas Forks.
We had to re-route as we headed out of Animas Forks, and headed down into Silverton, Co where we stayed for the night.
Looks like we will have a bit more re-routing around closed passes tomorrow as well.