Montrose

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A great ride today ! More than 60mi/100kms, the longest stretch since… Kanab. But more than half was downhill, and another quarter was flat, so all in all it was very fast (less than 5 hours).

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Even if I still didn’t sleep very well, I enjoyed going down, and even going up. The slopes in Colorado are much more gentle than in Utah. I could have done everything on the bike. The roads are also in a decent shape around here… except the bike lane to Telluride. I avoided it this morning, and everything was better.

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Leaving Telluride is a long downhill following the river, in another great canyon covered by pine trees. It felt a bit strange seeing these trees cling onto the red barren slopes. Not a lot of any other vegetation around them.

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After Placerville, the downhill turns into an uphill until the Dallas divide. Here it really felt like riding in the middle of the Alps : the snow covered summits were all lining up in the south. I encountered a couple of cyclists doing a 5-day tour of the region, with a van support. Luxurious way to visit 🙂

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And then another downhill until Ridgway and the valley opening to Montrose. The landscape changes again to a more arid environment. On the downhill I also confirmed that I can now recognize the smell of carcasses – like half deers – long before seeing them 😦

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Montrose is the first relatively large city since Cedar city, 10k+ people. Still, as always it is excessively spread out. The main street is at least 4 or 5 miles long / 7 or 8 kms, and “downtown” is where the little shops are the closer together. Still no tall buildings, no one walking around, and I haven’t found a historic district. But there is a movie theater 🙂 and I went to see… Edge of tomorrow again 🙂 I enjoyed it even more than the second time, the scenario is great of course, but mostly everything is near perfect, scripting, directing, acting etc.

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