Cycling in the Colorado Rockies. A popular 30 mile loop from Boulder to Jamestown and back. The mountain roads had as many bicycles as motorized vehicles. The climb up was an easy 6% grade most of the way.
Here's photographic evidence of my climbing accomplishment. Jamestown is at 7200 feet, so a climb of about 2000 feet. I don't know if you can see the lack of oxygen in my face, but cycling at this altitude only two days into our visit was not easy.
There were many interesting sights in Jamestown. A sign warning motorists to slow down in order to avoid hitting bear families. Or maybe this sign is meant for us cyclists to motivate us to go faster because we may be chased by bears?
There was also a cyclist oriented drive-in library.
And, most conveniently, water.
Jamestown is a nice place to ride a bike to and then turn around and fly down the mountain at a high rate of speed. These vistas are something you see out of the corner of your eye as you are mainly setting up for the next curve in the road.
After another steep climb up Old Stage Road I was rewarded with this view of North Boulder.
Here's the map and profile: