Many changes occur with the passage of summer into autumn, but in the Colorado Rockies perhaps the most notable transformation is that of the Aspen leaves from green into a vibrant yellow. Our first day riding of fall started with an easy cruise along the Dillon-to-Frisco bike path paralleling Route 9. In scenic Frisco we enjoyed coffee and pastries. It was here we decided to split our party of three for the first time. Jeff and Kelly opted to tackle the Peaks Trail, while Brett cruised the easy 9 miles along the bike path into historic Breckenridge, CO. The Peaks Trail turned out to be the perfect 28th b-day gift for Jeff, 9 miles of technical single-track through Colorado’s Tenmile Range. It was 3 hours of biking bliss.
Nearing the finish of the Peaks Trail, Jeff and Kelly bumped into Christine and Josh, a young couple from Breckenridge. In yet another moment of trail karma, Christine and Josh offered up a room in their home for us to stay in. After exchanging phone numbers, Jeff and Kelly cruised down Breckenridge’s Peak 8 into town where the three of us met back up.
United, we threw back a few beers at the Breckenridge Brewery before riding over to the home of Breckenridge’s most welcoming couple. After chatting with our hosts, Christine and Josh and their two chihuahuas, we cleaned up for a night on the town in celebration for Jeff’s birthday. Our night began at Modis, where we enjoyed a delicious dinner of Ahi tuna, mojitos and wine. Afterward, we headed down the street to a little hole-in-the-wall bar equipped with the challenging Golden Tee arcade game. Despite being his birthday, Jeff was unable to pull out a win through two games of skins. On a brighter note, Brett x’ed off one of the goals from his “life checklist”, a Golden Tee hole-in-one.