photo from: cyclepass.comFollowing the rest day in Estes Park, day 6 brings Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park.
Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous motorway in the United States and we'll travel more than 8 miles at elevations of more than 11,000 feet. Construction on the road started in 1926, and Trail Ridge Road opened in 1932. To accomplish it's purpose of a drive-able road across the continental divide through the park, the grades are generally less than 5%, and never more than 7%. About 24 miles from Estes Park we'll reach the highest point of the day at 12,183 feet.
From there it's all downhill to Grand Lake and on to our final night of the tour, camping in Granby. We still have a ride ahead of us to get back to where we started, but if I'm able to add Mt Evans and Trail Ridge Road to my cycling resume, I'll be a happy camper!