Day 7:

Glenwood Springs - Vail - Clear Creek Canyon -
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

The "Peak to Peak Scenic Byway" was originally conceived as part of a link between Longs Peak and Pikes Peak (hence the name “Peak to Peak”).  The route now skirts between two scenic alpine gems – Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park.  The ride between Central City and Estes Park offers magnificent views of Longs Peak and is a great bike ride.

A rest stop at a small bakery in Nederlands.  The pastries and coffee hit the spot.  


Longs Peak as seen from the east.



Colorado does an excellent job of maintaining their mountain highways.  Although we saw lots of construction, the delays we experienced were minimal.  Here, a colorful flag lady halts us momentarily to let oncoming traffic clear.

Pat and Judy stand in front of the "Peak to Peak" scenic byway sign to document their ride.  We had just ridden over the mountain in a hard rain.  It was good to stop and warm up.  Not long after this picture was taken the sun came out and made the ride on to Estes Park delightful.

A view of Estes Park riding in from the south on Colorado Highway 7.




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