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How We Planned an Easy Bike Trip Around Aspen

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How We Deliberate an Straightforward Bike Journey Round Aspen

Navigating journey throughout a pandemic isn’t straightforward. In How I Did It, we break down our first makes an attempt at safely getting again on the market—and all of the concerns we made alongside the way in which.     

Dwelling in Colorado throughout the coronavirus pandemic has had its advantages—there’s house to unfold out, the climate is delicate, and there are many socially distant outdoor sports and activities. Even so, by mid-summer, I used to be prepared for a change of surroundings.

My accomplice and I take pleasure in riding our bikes casually, however we’d by no means gotten into highway biking or mountain biking like different Coloradans. However as I started to think about the place we may go for a brief getaway (inside driving distance) and what we may do safely whereas we had been there, a bike-centric journey turned interesting. After I heard that Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley—which encompasses mountain cities like Aspen, Snowmass, Glenwood Springs, and Carbondale—lately earned an enormous award for being bike-friendly for inexperienced persons, I started planning.

Sometime, we’d wish to ebook a extra intense, multi-day “bikepacking” journey, however determined that planning a typical trip filled with biking actions was a great way to get our ft moist. And regardless that we had been each inexperienced persons, we realized that we may tailor a motorcycle journey to our skill ranges by taking a lesson, researching simpler trails and routes, and giving ourselves a number of breaks.

Right here’s how we did it, and what we realized alongside the way in which.

Journey particulars       

Vacation spot: Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado

Dwelling base: Longmont, Colorado (four-hour drive)

How we acquired there: Private automobile

Lodging: Aspen Meadows and Limelight Hotel Snowmass

What number of nights: 4 nights, with two in Aspen and two in Snowmass

Who went: My boyfriend and I

Different issues we thought of: Since we’d be spending many of the journey biking round, the journey wouldn’t be very enjoyable for our canine Daisy, who generally joins us on road trips. We booked her a weekend on the native doggy resort and spa which, fortunately, was open.

Prepping for the journey         

Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley is called a terrific space for budding cyclists. 

H. Mark Weidman/Alamy

Earlier than we hit the highway, I researched one of the best bike actions within the area for inexperienced persons, which led me to concentrate on the Snowmass Bike Park (downhill mountain biking), the Rio Grande Path (a beginner-friendly paved bike path), and the Maroon Bells (a scenic overlook and standard highway biking experience). We don’t have downhill mountain bikes and didn’t need to cope with bike storage and logistics, so I additionally booked leases in every vacation spot forward of time.

I additionally regarded into native COVID-19 precautions in Aspen and Snowmass, and made a protracted record of eating places with out of doors seating. We agreed to eat all of our meals open air and instantly depart any scenario during which we felt uncomfortable. Each of our resort rooms had mini-fridges, so we additionally packed a cooler with a number of snacks as a again up.

I additionally packed three masks in case I by chance misplaced one: a light-weight gaiter for driving bikes, and two tie-behind masks for time spent on the town.

Biking round Aspen and Snowmass

On our first day in Aspen, we picked up our rented cruiser bikes and spent the afternoon driving up and down the Rio Grande Path, a principally flat 42-mile paved bike path that goes from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Our goal vacation spot was Woody Creek Tavern, a regionally well-known spot the place author Hunter S. Thompson used to hang around, about eight miles from Aspen alongside the bike path. Once we arrived, nonetheless, it appeared that everybody else had the identical concept. Even with out of doors seating, it was a bit too crowded for our consolation so, fairly than stopping for a margarita, we hopped on our bikes and cruised again to Aspen. We ate dinner on the patio at Bosq, a high-end restaurant downtown that makes a speciality of wild and foraged meals.

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