I was up early and ready to roll out of Creede by 6:00am. This was going to be a long day. 105 miles and 4 climbs. We were set to climb Spring Creek Pass at 10,991 feet, and Slumgullion (there, I said it) at 11, 350 feet. Then after 70 miles on the road we would have to contend with No Name Hill and Nine Mile Hill. From Gunnison, early in a ride, neither of these is a big deal, but I had been warned that they would pack a punch at the end of the ride.
Curecanti National Recreation Area the mesas were visible in the distance, with the clouds just above them.