Sorry about the lack of pictures today. I used to live in Colorado, so I didn't ever get the unstoppable urge to pull over and take some pictures. More than that, the entire scenic portion of today's trip was either 1) raining 2) freezing raining or 3) blizzard. Seriously. Luckily, I stopped in Durango on my way out this morning and picked up Frogg Toggs and some warmer gloves. It was nice to see the evergreens in the rockies again.
The plan was to go to La Junta, but CO-10 is closed. More than that, after dinner in Walsenburg…
There was no belt exposure this morning when I did my walkaround (and the left side wasn't worn down that much either, come to think of it), so this was a bit of a surprise. I called around and found a shop in Colorado Springs that has a 160/60 17 in stock, so took it slow to Pueblo and I'll do the last hour tomorrow morning and arrive around when they open. The tire doesn't seem to have worn down much between Walsenburg and Pueblo, and is holding a constant 35 psi, so it should be fine. Hopefully the shop has something that's dual-compound because Kansas starts tomorrow.
Pueblo isn't really out of the way, since the recommended detour for CO-10 is I-25 to US-50. Detouring for a new tire adds an hour of riding and probably an hour of downtime in the shop. I have three days budgeted to get to St Louis. Taking US-50 the whole way is 870 miles, which is totally doable, even with this break.