Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cardondale, CO. to the Emma Trail Access on the Rio Grande Trail

The Rio Grande Trail, is a 42 mile long trail from Glenwood Springs, CO. to Aspen, CO. We rode the Carbondale, CO. to Emma trail access section of this trail.
Due to the HEAT, 95F+ we didn't get to ride on Tues. afternoon from Glenwood Springs to Carbondale so we loaded the Van and took the trikes to Carbondale and rode almost 20 miles out and back on the Rio Grande Trail. It too was HOT, 95F+ but not as bad as we rode a lot of way by the Roaring River so there was a "tiny" bit of cooling breeze. This part of the trail is the "wilder" part, as there have been "bear" sightings and other critters!! Some of the this part is covered both sides by tall bushes and you HEAR running water but don't see it till it opens up to show the river. It's all good asphalt and has good "trail signage" BUT, Some of the major trailheads or parking areas along the trail are HARD to find. One great thing they have RESTROOMS and picnic tables all along the trail, SWEET, wish they'd do that for the trails here in Colorado Springs, CO. where we live!!!!!! We got back and packed the van and went and found a 7-11 for a shared BIG GULP of Root beer and headed back to our "camping cabin" in Glenwood Springs. Sunny, HOT, 95F+ slight breeze, we stayed in a camping cabin in a valley surrounded by tall foot hills. We loaded the van with the trikes and drove 10 miles to Carbondale to start our ride! :)

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