Monthly Archive for May, 2019

Thud and Blunder Bikepacking

My bikepacking buddy and I threw together an overnight trip from Aurora to Colorado Springs to prep for a longer trip we intend to embark on to celebrate the life of Kit Carson (aptly named the “Blood and Thunder” trip). I had no idea what my daily range would be on a 60 lb. bike, and figured the beginner friendly nature of a trip beginning and ending with food, amenities, and civilization would be a good start. Also I’ve thought about biking from Denver to Colorado Springs just about every time I drive North.

We weren’t really expecting much from this trip on the scenery front, though we planned to pass through Castlewood Canyon State Park and some other scenic spots between Larkspur and Monument. A good chunk of the trip was on paved trails that weaved their way through both Colorado Springs and Denver. The rest of the trip ended up being incredibly scenic once we left the pavement of Denver and climbed up into Castlewood. We made it about 55 miles the first day, with about 2k of climbing. There were 2-3 times when I completely bonked, rested a while, and continued on rejuvenated.

My journal entry from camp, “First BP trip, lots of literal and figurative ups and downs. Bonked/crashed about 25-30 miles in. Felt refreshed after good, heavy dinner in Franktown. From Castlewood on scenery was fantastic … lots of wild turkeys. 55.1 miles in 5.5 hours of moving time. Cramped climbing a hill toward the very end of today. Had to pitch tent/bivy on side of road in some trees since we are surrounded by private, fenced in property. I am worried we will bothered in the middle of night by something, though we have done our best to hide everything. Car driving to the house across the road and up the hill from us drove by, saw my tent light and honked. I suppose they could have been honking at the turkeys on the road … maybe even the tom that won”t shut up. Decided to hike-a-bike 2 hills to stretch the legs out at the end of the ride and that felt amazing. Chain-suck twice on downhills, will have to do something about this. Got a few good laughs and moments of encouragement looking down at Jeff picture by the handlebars. Good service all day. 40-ish miles tomorrow and mostly down hill through the wonderful, flowing New Santa Fe Trail from Monument and into springs. We are planning to end our trip with some Mexican food and Margaritas to celebrate Cinco De Mayo “.

One of the most exciting, and albeit a little goofy aspects of the trip, was the opportunity to finally get some bike porn shots of my Pugsley (Peeg) out in the wild.

Surly Pugsley Bikepacking Wallpaper
Looking back toward Castlewood Canyon SP
Surly Pugsley Bikepacking Wallpaper
Home sweet camp
Surly Pugsley Bikepacking Wallpaper
Home sweet camp 2
Surly Pugsley Bikepacking Wallpaper
Views opening up toward Pikes Peak after breakfast
Surly Pugsley Bikepacking Wallpaper
Beginning of second day, in perfect weather near Larkspur
Surly Pugsley Bikepacking Wallpaper
Near Greenland
Surly Pugsley Bikepacking Wallpaper
Approaching Palmer Lake



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