Gorgeous day for a bike ride!! I rode my regular route that takes me up St Vrain road, down along Hwy 36 for a bit then down Hygiene Rd. The ride up St Vrain road that has a great view of Meeker and Longs Peak until I get into the foothills and lose the view of the big mountains.
We need the moisture but I love these dry days and hope to be able to ride all winter long. This ride goes past the location of the largest known Cottonwood tree. It is estimated to be 300 years old, 36 feet around and 105 feet tall. You can no longer actually walk up to visit the tree. It is fenced off for fear of a limb falling off and killing someone. You can see the canopy of branches in the distance (not in this picture though) that look like a grove of trees but is actually one tree.
There was very little traffic today which is always nice. Boulder County has so many bike riders the drivers are usually pretty good about giving us space.
The color in these photographs didn't reflect what today looked like very well. Eastern Colorado is really quite beautiful in the winter, a palette of rusts, golds, browns and dusty greens. I am really anxious for Tess to come home on Tuesday for winter break from college so I have my riding buddy back!