After an unexpected rest day in Rawlins, we began pedaling with the goal of getting the hell out of Wyoming and into Colorado (but better yet, trees!). We were about 35 miles until trees and 70 miles to the Colorado border. The ride included 27 miles of road construction (yuck) and a few steep climbs. We managed through the road conditions and we welcomed into a forest. The trees brought much desired shade and wind cover - something we've been missing for 4 days or so. We ascended through the aspen forest until we reached the peak. Waiting for us was an awesome 15 mile descent on pavement into Colorado. This leg boasted some of the most beautiful views we've seen thus far. Cruising down this stretch during sunset was something we won't soon forget.
We camped at Ladder Ranch. This was a family owned ranch and provided a great lawn for us and an even better breakfast in the morning. At the 'all you can eat' breakfast, the hostess remarked how we left no room for lunch. This was true.