This picture was taken somewhere along a highway in west Texas or New Mexico during the summer of 1977. (Original color photocopy)
Texas and New Mexico were totally different from our travels the previous year in the eastern part of the country, with wide open spaces and long distances between any signs of civilization. (Original color photocopy of a 5×7 enlargement)
We reached Big Bend National Park, TX, after crossing east Texas from the Gulf, and camped there from May 2-7, 1977; where we climbed to the top of Casa Grande at 7500′ shown here, and also climbed to the top of Emory Peak at 7835 feet high. (Original 8×10 photo)
I remember climbing to the top of Casa Grande at 7500′ tall, where there was a little narrow path that led up the side of the cliff which was really very precarious. (Original color photocopy)
This was the view from the top of Casa Grande across Big Bend National Park, TX. (Original photo with finger in the way.)
We climbed this mountain ridge without following a trail by going crosscountry, and had a serious adventure with no way back down again from the top. (Original photograph)
We climbed up a steep cliff face on the way up that we couldn’t climb back down again, and then couldn’t find another route down except for going down the far back side and hiking around the end of the entire ridgeline back to our camp. (Original color photocopy)
This is Berthoud Pass, CO, west of Denver at 11,307′ high, with Bruce resting before officially crossing the Continental Divide and heading on towards Steamboat Springs, CO. (Original color photocopy)
Here it’s my turn to take a break at Berthoud Pass, CO; which at 11,307′ was a good climb for us from Denver. (Original photo)
Here’s a closer look at me taking a break prior to starting the long downhill ride down the west side of the Continental Divide from Berthoud Pass, CO, at 11,307′ high.
The Berthoud Pass, CO, sign explains all of the information about the Continental Divide, but at this point I’d rather just rest!
Here’s a close up of my bike at Berthoud Pass, CO, showing how our gear was organized – with me resting in the background.
This is Bruce’s bike at Berthoud Pass, CO; both bikes held up well on the trip – despite the heavy loads we were carrying.
A Colorado vista from somewhere near Hot Sulphur Springs, CO; looking southwest across the wide open spaces to the far mountains in the distance.
Our bikes in a dry river bed in West Texas (Color Photocopy of a photocopy)