Boulder to Nederland & Beyond Gravel Grinder 57 miles, 8700+ ft climbing #letsride

57 miles. 8700+ ft climbing. Boulder, CO start with Flagstaff Rd climb off the bat. Hot air balloons and rude locals. 2500 ft climbing in first 7 miles. Lakeshore Dr turns into rock garden/high maintenance vehicle road. Lunch in Nederland. 505 out of Eldora is jeep road. Alternated between pedaling and hike a bike for 5 miles topping out at 10,000 ft. A lot of cursing on that section. On Caribou Rd I was stopped by search parties looking for a missing mountain biker. : ( I didn’t see anything on the mountain except one elk and an abandoned pickup truck. Saw a moose and mooselet hanging out in a pond. Peak to Peak Rd is a slog up to Switzerland Rd, the third rock garden on the ride. All downhill from there. Hit 40mph coming down into Boulder. Went through a tunnel too! 12 bottles of water consumed.