We push off later the final morning - 4:35am - the faintest light already ringing the horizon - if nothing else, to see the moose that might be standing in the road before we get too close.
First sun hits the Never Summer Range:
We've just seen an elk in a meadow
and a pair of white-tailed deer (not common in Colorado) jumping the road in front of us.
Here are more wildflowers, which we saw outbound, but were whizzing past too quickly to photograph:
The "real" four-mile climb to Cameron Pass begins:
Near the summit, a scenic view of a snowy couloir (I think):
The pass is still in shadow, but we've been warmed by sun on the way up:
Foon stops for a bite in the warming sun (temps in the 30's):
And now it's back to the rushing Poudre River, buoyed by a tailwind:
Most dramatic at the Poudre Narrows (just past the Narrows Campground):
After giant cinnamon rolls at Vern's in LaPorte, we are fortified for the toasty final miles.
We encounter Boulder County cyclists, out for their brief but high-performance outings.
We try to appear fresh.
It's actually only 99º
We have enjoyed this ride immensely and hope you will, too!