June 17th, 102 miles to Fort Collins

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Today I reached Fort Collins and end of my planned epilogue ride. It was a long ride, but also included 5000ft of descent from top of Cameron Pass to Fort Collins.

The gas station was open before six and I got a few things before getting on the road. It was cool temperature but not as cold as I expected. The first part of the ride was mostly flat with a gentle climb from 8100ft to 8900ft in the first 21 miles. I saw some curious cows along the way.
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At Gould was a small store and stopped in for brief conversation and a chocolate bar. After this slightly more climbing but also some pretty scenery.
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At 31 miles I was on top of Cameron Pass
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The descent started after that. I remembered the descent though wasn’t as steep as I expected. There was some up canyon wind as well so that slowed things a bit. I stopped for lunch at 57 miles and otherwise kept down the canyon. At the bottom part of the canyon was sections that had been burned by fire last year.
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At 88 miles was end of CO 14 and intersection with US 287. I took the back road via Laporte and otherwise cycled through Fort Collins and ended at a storage locker where I had stored things. End of a fun ride that connected Portland with Fort Collins.
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