|I'm looking forward to a return visit to The Victoria Bar for the fifth time on Ride the Rockies!|
|Relaxing at Riverside Park in Salida is the reward for the long slog from Alamosa!|
The ride from Alamosa to Salida begins with a long, flat, straight shot due North before the climb to Poncha Pass begins. Other than the views of the surrounding mountain peaks there's not much to get excited about along this stretch. The elevation stays between 7,500 and 7,600 the first 43 miles! We do ride past the Great San Dunes National Park but we don't really get a good view of it from Colorado Highway 17.
|Team DFL President Kris Cambria and her friend Karen made a new friend at The Vic on the 2006 ride.|
From mile 43 to 70 we climb steadily from 7,600 to 9,019 ft. at the summit of Poncha Pass. Then it's all downhill the final 13 miles to Salida and a cold beer and good friends at The Vic. It just doesn't get any better!