Hosted by Fort Lewis College, the Durango Fall Blaze offers three different tour options, including a 37 mile, 60 mile, and 100 mile ride. A cannon blast starts the tour and a police escort leads the riders out from the center of campus. There are 5 food/aid stations along the way, support vehicles on the course, and a party at the finish line back in the center of campus!

The ridership is limited to ensure a quality event. The century course is of medium difficulty when compared to centuries around the country, and the 37 mile and the 60 mile are easier.

 

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Irish pub… Irish beer!

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Durango from Fort Lewis College campus on the hill

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Fort Lewis College clock tower.  Start/Finish

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Apparently this is pretty common as this TOURIST was the only one excited and taking pictures!

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Apple Orchard Inn and wildlife sanctuary.

 

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Apple Orchard Inn.  Impressed, we were, with the BEAR in the tree until we was a total of 4 bears over the course of two days!

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Steve (came in 5th), Sue, Christa.

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Russ, Christa

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Christa, Sue

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Surprised to pass by these roller/skiers wearing their pajamas

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Small paceline southbound on the north end of Durango.

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60 degrees, couldn’t ask for better weather.

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Horse ranches throughout the area.

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Apparently in need of additional punishment, this little 3 mile, 1000 foot detour was in the cards.

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Beautiful reward for going off course.

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Another incredible reward for going off course.  Lemon Reservoir.

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Clouds building over a valley of horses.

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Someone’s home-sweet-home and ranch.

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South of Durango, headed northbound at the 100 mile marker.  5 more to go.

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Momma bear in a tree.

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Momma bear has one cub just below her and one just above her.

 

Momma bear and two cubs in a tree at Apple Orchard B & B
 
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Caught Momma and cub eating apples.  They scrambled up this tree.

 

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Rocky bluff

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Near Abiquiu, New Mexico

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