22 June 2015

Grand Mesa

Day 2 Sunrise in Palisade is Deceptive of the Day's Weather

Day 2
Grand Junction to Hotchkiss
100.01 miles, my third century ever
14.5-hour day for me
7,631-foot elevation gain
Song of the Day: "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey

That was hard.

Tan while you ride

Steep, Relentless Grand Mesa

The Never Ending Climb

And we're still not to the top yet!

The rest of today's trip report has now been published here.

Through the eyes of other riders...


  1. I think Grand Mesa is the hardest ride in the state, excluding the drivable 14ers of Mount Evans and Pikes Peak. Because of the heat at lower elevations, Grand Mesa may have been harder than the 14ers on that day. Nonetheless, it's always a grunt.

    1. I'm still huffing and puffing a week later!!! I've always thought Pikes Peak was the hardest, but the heat on the Mesa that day really did get to me. I think it may have taken over that top spot.

      Thanks for being there for me all week long!

  2. Wow, that is a long day. Congrats on making it through

    1. Thanks, Pat. It was indeed my longest cycling day so far. I hope I don't ever have to do another one that long. :)

  3. Oh so gorgeous!!!! And congrats on an awesome performance ( the 100 + mile ride)

    1. Thanks, Alycia! I wish I had taken more photos. But then I guess I'd have been on the bike 16 or 18 hours... :)

  4. Whew - what a ride! You are a trooper. Congratulations again!

    1. Thanks, Sue! That was one of the toughest climbs I've ever done, if not THE toughest...


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