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The rain from the previous day had been replaced by beautiful sunshine as I emerged somewhat fuzzy headed from the tent at 0700hrs.

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The hearty breakfast across at the Highline Cafe and Saloon bar soon helped me on my way though.

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The first part of the ride was cycling across the usual dusty and wash boarded roads.  Thankfully, the wind was blowing right to left as I rode.  This ensured the dust thrown up by the passing trucks was blown away from me.

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What a surprise.  Another wash boarded road.

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Miles and miles of nothingness.  It was these stretches of road that I mentally found very difficult.

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The wide open expanse soon, however, changed to aspen and pine trees as the final climb of my ride into Salida commenced.

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The descent from the top into Salida was cracking!  The elevation drop was around 3000ft and the descent went on for ages.

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Salida is a full services town and very arty.

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It was whilst I was cycling to Salida that I decided to end my Tour Divide adventure.  The miles and miles of nothingness and the wash boarded roads just broke me mentally and I had stopped enjoying the trip.

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