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2003 Bike Across Colorado Tour


A bicycle journey in Colorado
In 2003, I biked across my state of Colorado when I was relatively new to the sport of cycling. Looking back, I think fondly as this was my first multi-day bicycle tour. It all started with this one! Since then, I've ridden many of Colorado's mountain passes and even biked across the USA twice. I hope my photos encourage you to pursue your cycling dreams.

Warning: It is now eleven years later that I'm creating this journal. I don't remember many details and some of my photos are downright cheesy. Then again, that might make these pages more interested to read. :) -Steve

Bike Across Colorado Map
My route: Kansas state line, Limon, Colorado Springs, Canon City, Salida, Villa Grove, South Fork, Pagosa Springs, Durango, Cortez and finally ... the Four Corners Marker.

Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Steve Garufi, Bike Across Colorado

Day 1

Kansas State Line to Seibert - Scott and Marc shuttle me to the Kansas State Line. My first day. Cycling on the eastern plains in 100-degree heat.

Interstate Frontage Road

Day 2

Seibert to Calhan - Cycling on frontage roads (some of them made of dirt and gravel), hotel pool in Limon, Tote saves the day when I arrive in Calhan.
Colorado Springs, CO

Day 3

Calhan to Colorado Springs - Riding through Peyton, Falcon and into downtown Colorado Springs.

Day 4

Colorado Springs to Salida - My first century ride. I biked through Canon City, Bighorn Sheep Canyon and finished in Salida.
Steve Garufi

Day 5

Salida to Villa Grove - A short 26-mile day through Poncha Springs and Poncha Pass. I stayed in Villa Grove.
Sangre De Cristo Mountains

Day 6

Villa Grove to South Fork - 71 miles through the San Luis Valley. Saguache, Center, Del Norte and South Fork.
Pagosa Springs, CO

Day 7

South Fork to Pagosa Springs - A great bicycle ride over Wolf Creek Pass and into Pagosa Springs; hosted by the Driessen family.
Durango, CO

Day 8

Pagosa Springs to Durango - Chimney Rock, Durango and watching Seinfeld in my motel room.

Day 9

Durango to Cortez - Tough climb out of Durango, flat tire in Mancos, ice cream in Cortez.
Four Corners Monument

Day 10

Cortez to Four Corners Monument - The final and joyous 40 mile in the desert to Four Corners Monument.

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