We’d given ourselves an extra 20 miles today due to our early stop, but for once we managed to get on the road decently early and ride without stopping for long stretches. We made progress. We hit Colorado before noon, and stopped in the town of Ault for lunch and a library stop. I had been thinking this might have been where I stopped last time (coming from the east then, not the north), and indeed the sight of the library confirmed that it was. Thankfully it was only in the 80′s this time rather than pushing 100!
We turned west from here, picking up I-25 in Fort Collins. This time I wasn’t messing around with Denver’s suburban hell any more than we had to. We still caught a fair amount in Loveland trying to get the 34 up into the Rockies, but we made it eventually, and climbed from 5000 to 8000 feet along winding roads. I somehow missed the campground I’d stayed at last time (or it was no longer there), and we stopped at the Estes visitor center to get some info. We ultimately ended up staying at “Jellystone Park” campground, for various reasons, though it was a bit more kid- and family-oriented than was perhaps our style. But it wasn’t that bad – the staff were really nice, and there was some nice hiking up above the campground, which usually for me is all I need.